Drug abuse researchers gathered at a symposium in Sikkim, one of India’s smallest states, to tackle some of the region’s biggest health problems. Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a NIDA grantee, offered her expertise at the symposium in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, to help begin to shed light on the magnitude of substance abuse in the state.
Researchers from Russia and South Africa were selected as the 2011 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellows. NIDA partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to provide support for a 1-week research visit with a NIDA grantee and participation in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.
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.
Planning is underway for the 2011 InWomen conference, the second annual International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Working Group conference held in conjunction with the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.
Abstracts will soon be accepted for the 5th Annual NIDA International Poster Session at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 20th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, May 29–June 1, 2012.
NIDA’s International Program and Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research will host the poster session to highlight international drug abuse-related prevention research, including HIV/AIDS prevention research in drug-using populations. Abstract submissions will undergo the same peer review process as other poster submissions for SPR.