The Substance Abuse Research Center (SARC) at Jazan University in Saudi Arabia hosted its first international addiction research conference March 5–6, 2013, for more than 300 participants, including speakers from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. U.S. speakers at the conference included Fahmy Tarazi, M.D., Harvard Medical School; Gantt Galloway, D.Pharm., California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute; and David Farabee, Ph.D., and Richard Rawson, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Participants at the 2010 meeting of the Fogarty International Center International Tobacco Research and Capacity Building Network shared experiences on project management, research and training collaborations between domestic and foreign investigators, and connections between National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees and other U.S. Government and international tobacco research initiatives. Ms. Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program, chaired a session that featured presentations by four NIDA grantees: Dr.
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.
Ten researchers received travel awards to present their research at the poster session during the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) International Conference. NHSN, which fosters the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders, chose as its theme for this year, “Pathway Toward Health Equities in Hispanic Populations.” The NHSN conference International Poster Session showcased ongoing research projects to generate discussion and create linkages for collaborations.
NIDA’s award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, was recently acquired by Biomed Central, a large science, technology, and medicine publisher. The journal continues to be freely available through PubMed Central but will no longer appear in a print edition.