More than 260 participants from 61 countries attended the 17th Annual NIDA International Forum, which was held June 8–11, 2012, in Palm Springs, California. The meeting focused on the growing public health problem of new and emerging psychoactive substances, which are mostly unregulated compounds that are specifically designed to circumvent drug laws and mimic the effects of illicit drugs by slightly altering the chemical structure of a known drug. A joint College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)/NIDA International Forum poster session featured presentations by 160 U.S.
Robert Zucker, Ph.D. Director of the University of Michican Addiction Research Center
Working systematically over the last decade, Robert Zucker, Ph.D., director of the University of Michigan (UM) Addiction Research Center, has been developing a program to build a substance abuse research infrastructure for Central and Eastern Europe.
Harrie Jonkman, Dr.S., Verwey-Jonker Institute, The Netherlands, has received a NIDA Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Award (DISCA) to extend his collaboration with J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., University of Washington in Seattle. With previous support from the NIDA International Program and the Dutch Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) through the U.S.–Netherlands Binational Agreement, the two have collaborated on implementing and assessing the outcomes of the Communities That Care prevention intervention in 10 Dutch and 12 U.S. cities.
Register On Site! Health Disparities, Women, and Substance Abuse: Global Issues
Friday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, California
Registration: $75 ($35 for participants from developing countries)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program hosted a group of four Iraqis taking part in the Iraq–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Initiative. In 2008, Iraq and SAMHSA launched the initiative, in which multidisciplinary behavioral health teams from Iraq visit SAMHSA and host sites around the United States to learn about various interventions the teams want to adapt for implementation in Iraq.
NIDA International Forum Focuses on Commonalities Among the Diseases of Addiction
Drugs. Sex. Gambling. Obesity.
Plenary session speakers at the 14th NIDA International Forum documented the commonalities among these "Disorders of Desire," citing clear overlaps in implicated brain regions and similar patterns of compulsive self-administration, tolerance, craving, comorbidity, disruption of inhibitory control, and impaired decision-making.