Number 21, June 2008

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What’s New

NIDA Supports International Poster Session at Society for Prevention Research

Pratima Murthy (left) Lilian Ghandour (right)

Thirty scientists from around the world presented their research at the International Poster Session cosponsored by the NIDA International Program and Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, Prevention Research Branch in conjunction with the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). Half of the scientists—all international researchers—received NIDA travel awards to present research conducted by international researchers or binational teams on drug abuse prevention research completed in international settings. The other 15 researchers were U.S. researchers whose research was conducted in other countries or as part of a binational team. The session attracted about 150 SPR registrants and was very well received. The SPR meeting, which was held May 28–30 in San Francisco, focused on research in prevention science designed to aid understanding of the ways in which social and physical settings matter in designing interventions and understanding intervention impact. Other conference themes included: (1) how and under what conditions research is used to influence policies and practices or how policy priorities shape what researchers study; (2) the role of culture, ethnicity, and health disparities in prevention research; (3) the developmental period of emerging adulthood, which extends roughly through the ages 18 to 29; and (4) advances in epidemiology, etiology, efficacy trials, effectiveness trials, dissemination, and innovative methods.

There’s Still Time: Register Onsite for the 2008 NIDA International Forum!

Globally Improving and Applying Evidence-Based Interventions for Addictions
June 13–17, 2008
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Online International Master of Science in Addiction Studies Now Accepting Applications

The University of Adelaide, King’s College London, and Virginia Commonwealth University have created the Programme in Addiction Studies, an online, 12-month intensive graduate program available to students from all countries. No campus attendance is required; online lectures, assignments, and correspondence will be in English only. The program is designed to develop professionals who are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in the addictions field throughout the world. Students will study the scientific basis of addiction, comparative epidemiology, evidence-based interventions (including pharmacological, psychosocial, and public health approaches), research methodology, and addictions policy. Lecturers will be selected from among the world’s leading authorities in each of these subject areas, while program directors will be faculty members of the three participating universities. The firm scientific grounding of the program, covering a range of areas from treatment to policy, and its unique international perspective make it appropriate for recent graduates and professionals working in a range of fields such as health, law enforcement, policy, and education. Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Translate research on addiction into more effective treatment and prevention practices.
  • Translate research into more effective policies at the local, state, national, and/or international level to address public health issues.
  • Become specialists in addiction by integrating program material into their profession/practice.

The International Programme in Addiction Studies begins in August 2008, and online applications are now being accepted. For more information about the program, including admission requirements, curriculum outline, and tuition fees, please contact Femke Pijlman, Ph.D., University of Adelaide,

Rockefeller University Honors Mary Jeanne Kreek

A symposium celebrating the achievements of Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D., the Patrick E. and Beatrice M. Haggerty Professor and Head of the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at Rockefeller University, was held on May 16, 2008, on the Rockefeller University campus in New York City. The keynote address was given by NIDA Director Nora Volkow, M.D. Former and current members of Dr. Kreek’s laboratory presented scientific talks covering the broad scope of interdisciplinary research carried out in the area of addictive diseases and associated conditions, including Miriam Ochshorn Adelson, M.D.; Gavin Bart, M.D.; John Mantsch, Ph.D.; Ellen Unterwald, Ph.D.; Eduardo Butelman, Ph.D.; and Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. The symposium also included three genetics presentations by current Kreek Laboratory members David Nielsen, Ph.D., Orna Levran, Ph.D., and Vadim Yuferov, Ph.D., continuing the work of the late K. Steven LaForge, Ph.D., who was a long-time member of Dr. Kreek’s laboratory prior to his leaving to expand his genetics work in Finland and subsequent death. The symposium was attended by more than 350 people.

NIDA/CICAD Research Awards Announced

Through its Latin American Initiative, NIDA and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) cosponsor the Competitive Research Award Fund to support drug use research in the region. Awards support pre- or postdoctoral students conducting research in any area of the drug use field. Priority is given to projects involving secondary analysis of existing research databases, such as national drug use surveys. The national drug commissions in Organization of American States member countries review initial applications and forward appropriate projects to the CICAD Inter-American Observatory on Drugs for review by representatives from NIDA, CICAD, and the U.S. National Hispanic Science Network. The call for applications for the second round of awards was issued in October 2007. The second-round awards include:

  • Argentina
    • Ariel Gerardo Blanc – Analysis of Risk and Protection Factors Associated With the Increase and Decrease of Psychoactive Substance Use Among Secondary School Students in the Province of Entre Rios, 2001–2005.
    • Jorge Andrés Bustos – Drug Use and Abuse: Study of the Sociodemographic Profiles, Patterns of Use, Cognitive Aspects, and Beliefs Regarding Pharmacology.
  • Bolivia
    • Erik Fernández Revollo – Psychological Risk and Protective Factors for Drug Use in the Cities of La Paz and El Alto.
  • Brazil
    • Marcelo Niel – The “Coming Out” Process and Its Influence on Mental Health and the Abuse or Dependence on Psychoactive Substances Among Male Homosexuals.
    • Monica Siqueira Malta – Ten Years of Free Access and Universal Treatment for HIV/AIDS: Evaluating the Impact of the Brazilian Response to the AIDS Epidemic Among Drug Users.
    • Virgínia Martins Carvalho – Study on Crack Use Related to Violent Deaths in the State of São Paulo.
    • Nathália Susin – Mapping the Profile of Psychoactive Drug Users in Specialized Clinics.
  • Chile
    • Marcos Antonio Muñoz Robles – Typology and Sociodemographic Characterization of Drug Users in Chile.
    • Marta Ester Belmar-Mellado – Relationship Between the Expectations Related to Tobacco Use With Body Image: A Comparative Study Among Spanish and Chilean Adolescents.
  • Colombia
    • Catalina López Quintero – Perceived Harmfulness of Drugs and Its Association With Drug Use Onset and Transition to an Established Pattern of Drug Use Among Adolescents in Bogotá, Colombia.
    • Marcela Correa Muñoz – Relationship and Impact of Psychoactive Substance Use on Health in Colombia.
    • Luz Adriana Rivera Gonzalez – Life Habits That Include Drug Use Prevalence in the Student Population of the Popular Catholic University of Risaralda.
    • Juan Sebastián Sabogal Carmona – Determining the Composition of Drugs of Abuse Seized In Bogota During the Second Semester of 2008.
  • Ecuador
    • Clara Inés Jácome – Critical Descriptive Analysis of the Application of the Psychosomatic Exam in the Penal Procedures of Ecuador and Its Legal Consequences.
  • Mexico
    • Marycarmen Noemí Bustos – Psychosocial Factors Associated With Drug Consumption Among High School Students In Jalisco.
  • Uruguay
    • Carla Sacchi – Gender Analysis of the Development of Illegal Drug Consumption Among Students at the School of Professional Technical Education of Montevideo (2001–2007).
    • Marcelo Rossal – Reciprocity and Distribution of Cocaine Paste: An Anthropological Focus.
    • Soledad Brescia, Gabriela López, and Margarita Wschebor – Patients in the Psychiatric Hospital and Comorbidity With Psychoactive Substance Consumption.

Applications Due June 30 for 2008 ISAJE/WHO Young Scholars Award

The ISAJE/WHO Young Scholars Award recognizes contributions to addiction science by young scholars from developing countries and promotes their involvement in the field. The award is given to the lead author of the best paper published on any topic related to addiction during the previous year. Candidates should be less than 35 years old and must hold an academic or research position in a low- or middle-income country. The successful candidate will receive financial support to attend an international scientific or clinical meeting. The award is sponsored by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE), the World Health Organization, and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more details, contact Mrs. Susan Savva, ISAJE Executive Officer, 4 Windsor Walk, London SE5 8AF, United Kingdom; email:

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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: R01: PA-07-275, R03: PA-07-311, or R21: PA-07-310.

Existing NIDA-Supported Funding Opportunities

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities and Notices

Research Education Grants for Statistical Training in the Genetics of Addiction (R25)
U.S. institutions may propose a research education and training program in statistical models or computational methods in genetics for undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral students of any nationality.

Upcoming Program Announcement Receipt Dates From Fogarty International Center

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Research Training and Exchange Updates

Ongoing NIDA International Program Research and Training Exchange Programs

Highlighting NIDA International Program Fellows

  • Humphrey Fellow Spends Professional Affiliation at NIDA Center for Clinical Trials Network
    Dana Avramescu, M.D., a 2007–2008 Emory University Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow from Romania, spent her professional affiliation in April and May 2008 at the NIDA Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) and in the CTN Pacific Node. Dr. Avramescu is a county center medical officer at the Romanian National Antidrug Agency, where she is involved with prevention and education programs in schools and prisons, establishing functional referral systems, and Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS programs to provide pre- and posttest counseling and followup with vulnerable populations. During her professional affiliation with NIDA, Dr. Avramescu became familiar with issues related to the scientific, administrative, budgetary, and operational management of research projects and learned about new treatments and approaches available for drug-using HIV patients. She also met with representatives from the Fogarty International Center and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

International Neuroscience Fellowship
One to 2 years of research training in the United States for junior or mid-career-level foreign neuroscientists; cosponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008): Universal Action Now
August 3–8, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico

2008 International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency

2008 Calendar of Major Scientific Meetings in Drug Abuse

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Press Releases

NIH News & Events

NIDA Newsroom

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Other Items of Interest

NIDA Methadone Research Web Guide

NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

NIH Library Research Tools

The Research Assistant

Publishing Addiction Research Internationally:

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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.

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