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NIDA Participates in Meetings Focused on International Standards and Curricula

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.

University of Adelaide Offers Free Online Course About Addiction Treatment

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.

International Teams Including Former Fellows Publish Results From Regional HIV Collaborative Research Grants

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:

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:

INVEST Fellow Validates Noninvasive Drug-Testing Methods

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.

Former NIDA Humphrey Fellow Directs Brazilian Integrated Prevention and Treatment Project

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-CTN Fellow Focuses on Family Therapy

INVEST-Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Fellow Mario Zapata, M.D., M.Sc., focused primarily on brief strategic family therapy and ended his fellowship year by submitting a grant application to fund a pilot project testing the effectiveness of the brief strategic family therapy protocol in Colombia. Working at the CTN Florida Node at the University of Miami, Dr.

UNAIDS Honors Palestinian Substance Abuse Research Center for Efforts To Address HIV and Drug Use

Mr. Hasan Aamoudi, Dr. Mohammed F. Al-Afifi, and Ms. Emily Blitz Mr. Hasan Aamoudi (left), chair, and Dr. Mohammed F. Al-Afifi, director of the Palestinian Substance Abuse Research Center, accept the UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award from Ms. Emily Blitz, International AIDS Society.

 

International and U.S. Drug Abuse Researchers Meet, Exchange Ideas

Drug abuse researchers from Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan presented their research and sought feedback on upcoming clinical trials during the International Collaboration Workshop held at the recent NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee Meeting.

The meeting is a featured breakout session of the 3-day NIDA CTN Steering Committee Meeting. International presenters included Ronaldo Laranjeira, M.D., Federal University of Sao Paulo; Ming-Chyi Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Taipei City Psychiatric Center; and Chun-Hsin Chen, M.D., M.S., Taipei Medical University–Wang Fang Hospital.

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