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Number 15, April 2007

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

What’s New

Science Authors Urge Scientists to Practice “Diplomacy of Deeds”

Foreign affairs experts Kristin M. Lord, George Washington University, and Vaughan C. Turekian, American Association for the Advancement of Science, have urged U.S. researchers to take the lead in scientific diplomacy, working at the grassroots level on global problems such as health. Writing in the February 9, 2007, issue of Science 315(5813): 769 - 770, the authors conclude that nongovernmental scientific organizations are "more credible, more nimble, and-as honest brokers-in many cases more respected than the U.S. government overseas." They argue that both science and diplomacy benefit by creating opportunities to conduct research in parts of the world critical to scientific advancement; that the U.S. scientific community benefits from contributions by foreign scientists and students; and that U.S. scientists working with foreign partners can improve perceptions of the United States, one deed at a time. Citing social science research indicating that collaboration to solve common problems is one of the best ways to foster positive relations between groups, they recommend that U.S. scientists "make a special effort to engage with scientists from countries where the United States is misunderstood or disliked-not to justify or promote any government policy, but to build bridges and trust." The authors' recommended activities - and the corresponding NIDA International Program links - include:

  • Invite foreign peers to review scientific articles and papers
  • Maintain contacts with former students and postdocs working outside of the United States
    • Encourage former students and postdocs to join you in attending the NIDA International Forum, which in 2007 will be June 15-18 in Quebec City, Canada
  • Reach out to junior scientists in other countries
  • Collaborate with non-U.S. peers

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Funding Opportunities

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

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.
  • 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 March 2007