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Number 14, February 2007

This E-news is issued every other month to inform the international drug abuse research community about:

What’s New

Register Now for the 2007 NIDA International Forum

  • Nominations Due March 15 for NIDA International Program Awards of Excellence
    Do you have a colleague, mentor, or research partner whose contributions to international cooperation in drug abuse research and training have been innovative, creative, and pioneering? Nominate them for a NIDA International Program Award of Excellence. The awards are presented each June at the NIDA International Forum to persons who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained support of the NIDA International Program mission in three categories:
    • Excellence in Mentoring
    • Excellence in International Leadership
    • Excellence in Collaborative Research

NIDA Introduces Methadone Research Web Guide

The NIDA International Program has introduced its Methadone Research Web Guide, which reviews methadone maintenance treatment research findings in an easy-to-use question and answer format. This online version updates and revises a 1995 print version developed through the work of numerous NIDA-supported researchers, including many who voluntarily provided slides and data. David A. Fiellin, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, updated the research portion of the Web guide and developed a new section on methadone treatment effectiveness. The new guide also includes a revised section on the history and evolution of methadone maintenance in the United States, and new information on regulatory requirements in the international community.

International Program Announcement Expanded to R03 and R21 Grants

NIDA has expanded its Program Announcement (PA) on International Research Collaboration on Drug Addiction to use two additional funding mechanisms. In addition to the traditional Research Project Grants, known as R21 awards. NIDA issues PAs to formally express ongoing interest in funding a particular area of science. Applications under the three PAs on International Research Collaboration may be for new or continuing funding and must:

  • Take advantage of special opportunities that exist outside the United States - such as unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions.
  • Be conducted by U.S. investigators in collaboration with non-U.S.-based investigators.
  • Address NIDA's scientific priority areas, which currently include linkages between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, adolescent and prenatal tobacco exposure, methamphetamine abuse, inhalant abuse, and drugged driving.

Specific application requirements and deadlines differ for the three grant mechanisms and are available in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts:

NIDA Meeting Will Examine Links Between Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

To explore the multiple ways that drug abuse and addiction affect HIV/AIDS and how research can inform public health policy, NIDA will hold a scientific meeting, Drug Abuse and Risky Behaviors: The Evolving Dynamics of HIV/AIDS, May 8-9, 2007, at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Researchers are invited to join Federal officials and representatives from public health, drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS organizations to review successes, research challenges, and opportunities for addressing topics such as risk behaviors associated with both injection and non-injection drug abuse, how drugs of abuse alter brain function and impair decision making, and HIV prevention and treatment strategies for diverse groups.

Young Scholars Award

To recognize the contributions to addiction science by young scholars from developing countries, and to promote their involvement in the field, the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Virginia Commonwealth University have created the ISAJE/WHO Young Scholars Award for the best paper published the previous year by a young scholar in a developing country on any topic related to addiction. The successful applicant will receive a certificate and financial support to attend an international scientific or clinical meeting, to be chosen by the winner in consultation with ISAJE. Applications are due June 30, 2007. Further details are available on the susan@addictionjournal.org.

U.S. - Netherlands Researchers Demonstrate that Manualized Behavior Therapy for Children May Prevent Adolescent Substance Use

A binational research team has published their findings that a cognitive-behavioral intervention, the Coping Power Program (CPP), may prevent children diagnosed with Disruptive Behavior Disorder (DBD) in middle childhood from progressing to substance abuse in early adolescence. In studies supported by a NIDA International Program - Netherlands administrative supplement to Dr. John E. Lochman, University of Alabama, and Dr. Walter Matthys, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, Utrecht, the CPP was adapted for use with Dutch children diagnosed with DBD and seen in outpatient psychiatry clinics and mental health centers. The Utrecht Coping Power Program (UCPP) randomly assigned children to either the UCPP or the care as usual (CU) conditions, and compared them to a matched healthy control sample. Writing in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 (1), 33-39, the researchers report that in a five-year follow-up, children in the UCPP group not only smoked fewer cigarettes and were less likely to have ever used marijuana than children in the CU group, the UCPP group's substance use rates also fit within the range of those reported for the control group. The authors conclude that manualized behavior therapy with DBD-diagnosed children may be a preventive tool for substance use later in adolescence.

NIDA Presents HBO Addiction Project, New Publication on the Science of Addiction

  • HBO Addiction Project, an educational campaign about advancements in understanding of drug and alcohol addiction and its treatment as a brain disease. The centerpiece is a 90-minute documentary that will air Thursday, March 15, at 9 pm on HBO.
  • NIDA has produced a companion booklet, Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction, which explains in layman's terms how science has revolutionized the understanding of drug addiction as a brain disease that affects behavior. NIDA hopes this 30-page full-color publication will help reduce stigma against addictive disorders.
  • The Addiction Project campaign also includes a 14-part documentary series, four independent addiction-themed films, a DVD, a companion book published by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Italian Delegation Visits NIDA

Representatives of the Federazione Italiana degli Operatori dei Dipartimenti e dei Servizi delle Dipendenze (FeDerSerD), the Italian drug abuse prevention and treatment organization, visited NIDA in December to discuss opportunities for binational cooperation on drug abuse research and the development of science-based clinical interventions. At NIDA headquarters, the Italian delegation met with NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow as well as directors and staff from the NIDA Divisions of Basic Neuroscience and Behavior Research (DBNBR), Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR), Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse (DPMCDA), and the Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The group also toured NIDA's Intramural Research Program in Baltimore, Maryland, meeting with staff in the Neuroimaging Branch, Molecular Neuropsychiatry Section, Teen Tobacco Addiction Research Clinic, Nicotine Psychopharmacology Unit, Treatment Research Program, and Molecular Neurobiology Unit. The Italian delegation included: Dr. Alfio Lucchini, Director, Milan Department of Addiction Medicine; Dr. Guido Faillace, Director, Alcamo - Palermo Department of Addiction Medicine; Dr. Pietro Fausto D'Egidio, Director, Pescara Department of Addiction Medicine; Dr. Claudio Leonardi, Director, Rome Department of Addiction Medicine; and Dr. Nava Felice, Castelfranco Veneto - Treviso Department of Addiction Medicine.

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Funding Opportunities

March 1 for U.S. - India HIV/AIDS Prevention Administrative Supplements

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

International Research Collaboration on Drug Addiction

The NIDA International Program solicits collaborative research proposals on drug abuse and addiction that take advantage of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions in other countries; speed scientific discovery; and meet NIDA research priorities. The Program Announcements expire January 3, 2009. Funds are available for research using three grant mechanisms:

Ongoing NIDA International Program Research and Training Opportunities
(in English and Spanish)

Existing NIDA-Supported Funding Opportunities:

Other Funding Opportunities

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Research Training and Exchange Updates

For current information on NIDA and NIH training and exchange programs, please visit the following Web pages:

Ongoing NIDA International Program Research and Training Exchange Programs

International Neuroscience Fellowship
One to two years of research training in the United States for junior or mid-career level foreign neuroscientists; cosponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Fogarty International Center
The Fogarty International Center, the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships.

  • FIC Grants Information
  • Programs and Initiatives
  • Program Application Deadlines & Review Cycle Dates
  • Fogarty International Center / Ellison Medical Foundation - Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research

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Calendar of Major Scientific Meetings in Drug Abuse Research

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Press Releases

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Other Items of Interest

NIDA Methadone Research Web Guide

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

NIH Library Research Tools

The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Reference to any Website listed below does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by NIDA/NIH/HHS.

The Research Assistant
NIDA-funded online research tool for behavioral scientists.

Publishing Addiction Research Internationally:


The International Certification in Addiction Medicine for physicians.

Access to Free or Low Cost Online Publications for Researchers

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Reading Corner

Look here for research articles or other publications that may be of interest to the international drug abuse research community.

  • NIDA Publications for Clinicians
    • Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA:STEP), tailored for clinical supervisors to train front-line treatment providers to improve their motivational interviewing skills. It also includes a new package of tools designed to enhance patient engagement and retention.
    • Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives (PAMI). These tools provide information about the science-based intervention called motivational incentives (low or no-cost reinforcements such as vouchers, prizes and privileges) and describes how the use of positive reinforcement has reduced drug abuse and has enhanced client retention in treatment programs. The PAMI products include support materials, resources, PowerPoint presentations for both clinicians and for policy makers, and an introductory video.
  • PubMed Citations for Former INVEST and Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows
  • Get Automated My NCBI

The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Reference to any Website listed below does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by NIDA/NIH/HHS.

The International Journal of Drug Policy has published a special issue on HIV treatment and care for injecting drug users. The complete issue is available for free download until October 31 2007, at: http://www.ijdp.org. The special issue is guest edited by Andrew Ball, World Health Organization; Michel Kazatchkine, The Global Fund; and Tim Rhodes, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Other Recent Publications

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This page was last updated January 2007