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NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust and several NIDA grantees and former fellows participated in a series of international meetings held December 7–11, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. The expert meetings focused on developing and disseminating training curricula and building international standards for the prevention of drug use and treatment of drug use disorders. Former NIDA Hubert H.

The University of Adelaide has created a free, 5-week online course that explains the biological basis of chronic drug use and addiction and describes treatment options such as pharmacotherapy, psychosocial interventions, and life skills. The course, which begins October 8, 2015, is designed for health care professionals and policymakers, particularly those in low- or middle-income countries. More information is available here.

Former NIDA International fellows and their international partners have published findings from research funded through RFA-DA-10-008, International Research Collaborations on HIV/AIDS and Drug Use. The funding opportunity was issued to stimulate collaborative research among foreign investigators from the same geographic regions to address regional issues on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and drug use in international settings. The articles include:

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.

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:

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Brazilian Secretariat for Drug and Alcohol Policies has awarded a large grant to the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, to integrate drug abuse treatment and prevention programs in 60 counties in the states of Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Vitoria, and Brasilia. Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Flavio Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, will coordinate the project.

INVEST Fellow Dr. Marta Concheiro Guisán, Spain, ended her successful drug abuse research fellowship having developed and validated two new, noninvasive methods to quantify the level of licit and illicit drugs in biological samples from opiate-dependent patients, as well as publishing several scientific articles and presenting her research at scientific meetings. The new methods developed by Dr. Concheiro and her mentor, Dr.

If you would like to view these presentations, you may click the links below to request a copy via email.

Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Mario Sobrinho, Public Ministry of São Paulo, Brazil, helped organize a 2-day seminar on therapeutic justice for government and police officials, prosecutors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Dr. Sobrinho worked with officials at the U.S. Consulate office in São Paulo as part of a series of meetings organized to discuss ways to improve the performance of government in relation to drugs.

The NIDA International Program supported the participation of scientists from Argentina, Peru, and South Africa at the 2nd International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop, which was held April 22–25, 2012, in Vancouver, Canada. The meeting was organized by Julio S.G. Montaner, M.D., University of British Columbia, and featured a keynote address by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby about the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) perspective on treatment as prevention.

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