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Thai Researcher Named WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow

The NIDA International Program, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) selected On-anong Saiphoklang, Ph.D., Thailand, as the 2015 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow. The award provides partial support for a low- and middle-income country researcher to work with a NIDA-supported researcher and participate in the NIDA International Forum and CPDD meetings. During the two meetings, Dr. Saiphoklang presented her research on exposure to drugs, alcohol risk factors, and weapon carrying among 2,588 Thai students. Dr.

WHO Begins Developing Guidelines on Managing Opioid Overdose

NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., was among the international drug abuse experts who met to discuss drafting World Health Organization (WHO) evidence-based guidelines for managing opioid overdose. The meeting was held February 19–20, 2014, in Geneva. According to WHO, between 70,000 and 100,000 people die annually from overdose, and opioid-related respiratory depression causes many of those deaths.

WHO Releases Guidelines on Managing Substance Use During Pregnancy

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the first evidence-based global guidelines to prevent and treat substance use by pregnant women. The plain language recommendations also can be used to help pregnant women and their family members make healthy decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. Designed for use in both low- and high-resource countries, the document identifies principles and best practices in six areas:

Ongoing Activities

The International Program frequently works with international organizations and drug abuse research institutions in other nations to promote collaborative research, exchange information, and to move rapidly to address emerging opportunities. Current and recent partners include:

Former NIDA Humphrey Fellow Named ISAJE/WHO Young Scholar

Monica S. Malta, Ph.D., a 2004–2005 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow from Brazil, has received the 2009 International Society of Addiction Journal Editors/ World Health Organization (ISAJE/WHO) Young Scholars Award. Dr. Malta, a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, received the award for her paper, “Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Among Drug Users: A Systematic Review,” published in Addiction.

International Traveling Fellows Participate in NIDA International Forum and CPDD

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 2011 International Traveling Fellows are:

Brazilian Scientist Named ISAJE/WHO Young Scholar

Gabriel Andreuccetti, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology at the University of São Paolo Medical School, Brazil, has received the 2011 International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)/World Health Organization Young Scholars Award.

South African Investigator Receives International Traveling Fellowship Award

The World Health Organization, NIDA, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) together have selected this year’s recipient of the International Traveling Fellowship Award. Hetta Gouse, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, received the award based on her research into the investigation of the effects of methamphetamine in a South African sample using detailed neuropsychological testing and a functional magnetic resonance imaging reward task. The award enables Dr.