The NIDA International Program supported nine researchers who participated in the 2012 National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) 12th Annual International Conference. The conference was held September 26–29 in San Diego, California. The meeting focused on the integration of translational research and ways to meet health needs among subpopulations with a variety of comorbid diseases and differing genetic and environmental backgrounds. Panel discussions addressed the impact of comorbidities among drug- and alcohol-dependent populations; delivery, evaluation, and improvement of treatment; development of pharmacotherapies; and evidence-based psychosocial and social cognitive therapies. The conference honored retiring NIDA Senior Advisor on Special Populations Ana Anders, LICSW, for her commitment and guidance to NHSN since the Network’s inception in 2001. The NIDA-supported participants included:
- Chile: Luis Caris
- Mexico: Octavio Campollo, Tania Gonzalez, Maria de Lourdes Gutierrez Lopez, Miguel Angel Lopez Brambilla, Miguel Angel Mendoza Melendez, and Gayle Rosio Valdez Gonzalez
- Spain: Javier Gonzalez Riera and Francisco Jose Montero Bancalero.