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Number 22, August 2008

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

What’s New

Dr. Timothy P. Condon, Dr. Steven W. Gust, and Dr. Gabrielle Fischer at the NIDA International Forum NIDA Deputy Director Dr. Timothy P. Condon, left, NIDA International Program Director Dr. Steven W. Gust, and College on Problems of Drug Dependence International Committee Chair Dr. Gabrielle Fischer prepare for the NIDA International Forum plenary session.

NIDA International Forum Focuses on Evidence-Based Interventions for Addictions

More than 200 registrants from 53 countries participated in the 13th NIDA International Forum, which was held June 13–17, 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The meeting, Globally Improving and Applying Evidence-Based Interventions for Addictions, was sponsored by the NIDA International Program and focused on the benefits of multidisciplinary public health approaches to drug abuse research, prevention, and treatment. Plenary session speakers addressed the public health approach to drug dependence, principles of evidence-based prevention and treatment, and the impact of public policy on drug treatment. Presenters in concurrent workshops illustrated numerous ways researchers and service providers can forge partnerships; integrate public policy, science, and practice; and implement effective— and cost-effective—programs to prevent and treat drug abuse and addiction. More than 130 meeting participants presented their research at a joint NIDA International Forum/College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) international poster session.

Executive Summary
Program Book (7.7MB)
Speaker Presentations

Save the Date: 2009 NIDA International Forum
June 20–25, 2009
John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort
Reno, Nevada
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 2, 2009

NIDA International Program Awards of Excellence

During the 2008 NIDA International Forum, the NIDA International Program presented awards to honor mentors, researchers, and binational collaborative teams whose efforts support the International Program mission.

  • Excellence in Mentoring (7.7MB)
    Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Department of Psychiatry
    Washington University School of Medicine
    St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Juana M. Tomás-Rosselló, M.D., Ph.D.
    Global Challenges Section
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Vienna, Austria
  • Excellence in Collaborative Research (7.7MB)
    Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
    Brain Imaging Center
    McLean Hospital
    Belmont, Massachusetts, United States

    In Kyoon Lyoo, M.D., Ph.D.
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Seoul National University Medical School
    Seoul, South Korea

Nominations for 2009 Awards of Excellence (7.7MB)
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Nominations should be sent to ip@nida.nih.gov.

NIDA International Research Interests and Opportunities (2.6MB)

During the June 2008 NIDA International Forum poster session, representatives from 10 NIDA components and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health presented posters summarizing the units' goals, research interests, international focus, and international funding priorities.

NIDA International Program 2007 Annual Report (2.9MB)

The 2007 Annual Report demonstrates how each NIDA International Program activity independently addresses one aspect of addiction’s impact on public health and simultaneously supports the wider network of NIDA’s international activities and partners.

World Drug Report

The World Drug Report 2008, launched June 26 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), reports that the recent stabilization in the world drug market is under threat from increased cultivation of opium and coca and the development of new trafficking routes (mostly through Africa) that could eventually strengthen demand in developed countries and create new markets in developing countries. The report calls for increased efforts to prevent, treat, and reduce the adverse health and social consequences of drug abuse so that drug dependence is considered just another illness. The report also recommends that global resources and political support be rebalanced so that public health needs are not overshadowed by public security and law enforcement concerns.

UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic

The 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, issued in July by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), reports that the global percentage of people living with HIV has stabilized at an estimated 33 million people who are HIV-positive. Two-thirds of those people live in Africa, and almost three-quarters of AIDS deaths during 2007 occurred in Africa. The report stresses that HIV prevention programs still fail to reach the majority of high-risk populations, such as injecting drug users, women, children, sex workers, and men who have sex with men. These high-risk populations also face considerable barriers to HIV treatment access, which UNAIDS attributes to "institutionalized discrimination." Among the report’s recommendations are those calling for full implementation of evidence-informed policies and programs; adoption of long-term strategic planning and evaluation mechanisms; increased investment in evidence-based prevention approaches; and reducing gender inequities, stigma, discrimination, and marginalization.

Mentor International Prevention Awards

The second Mentor International Prevention Awards recognized achievement, innovation, and promise by drug abuse prevention programs in Uganda, Lithuania, and the Philippines. The "Peer-to-Peer Prevention Programme" developed by the Ugandan Youth Development Link was honored among drug prevention projects that have been operating for at least 3 years, are based on sound principles of prevention, and have demonstrated success through evaluation. The project targets out-of-school, vulnerable young people age 15 to 24 in disadvantaged urban communities that are characterized by high crime rates, violence, HIV/AIDS, gambling, child labor, commercial sex work, and illicit activities. A unique youth club, "I Create My Own Future Myself," sponsored by the Vilnius, Lithuania, police was cited among projects that integrate innovative approaches based on sound principles of prevention that show promise for achieving successful prevention outcomes. The third award cited a proposal by the Center for Smart Youth, Addictus-Philippines Youth Organization to set up a drug prevention center for out-of-school children and youth in Manila. Mentor's President, Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden, presented the awards in June.

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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

Upcoming Program Announcement Receipt Dates From Fogarty International Center

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Research Training and Exchange Updates

Upcoming Application Deadlines

INVEST Fellow Will Focus on HIV Prevention in Tajikistan

Makhbatsho Bakhromov, M.D., M.Sc., HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the Tajikistan National Coordinating Committee To Prevent HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, has been selected as a NIDA INVEST Fellow. He will work with Nabila El-Bassel, D.S.W., Columbia University, to use qualitative research methods to adapt a network-oriented peer education HIV prevention intervention for use in Tajikistan. Dr. Bakrhromov will then pilot test the adapted intervention to obtain preliminary data and assess its feasibility for implementation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and develop a grant application to scale up the intervention in a randomized clinical trial. The fellowship builds on Dr. Bakhromov’s existing collaboration with Dr. El-Bassel and her colleagues at Columbia. The intervention, based on Project Shield, will use network members to educate their drug and sexual network partners and reach injection drug use and sexual partners who are not currently accessing public health services. Dr. Bakhromov will conduct the pilot test in collaboration with a Dushanbe nongovernmental organization that distributes condoms, syringes, and health information to injection drug users. A graduate of Tajik Medical University, Dr. Bakhromov received a Muskie Fellowship in 2004 to obtain his master’s degree in international health policy and management from Brandeis University. He implemented a national development program for Tajik health professionals and coauthored an article on HIV/AIDS risks among Tajik migrants in Moscow [J Immigr Minor Health. 2008 Oct;10(5):461-8].

DISCA Partners Explore Role of Acculturation, Stress, and Family Functioning on Prevention Interventions

Juan-Luis Recio, Ph.D., emeritus associate professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, has received a NIDA Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Award (DISCA) to collaborate with Flavio Marsiglia, Ph.D., Arizona State University–Tempe. Dr. Recio will conduct a small drug abuse and HIV feasibility pilot study in Phoenix, Arizona, with a sample of Latino youth and their family members. The research partners will then use a longitudinal approach to explore the interaction among family functioning, acculturation, and acculturative stress to design and test a culturally grounded and family-based drug use and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention.

Ongoing NIDA International Program Research and Training Exchange Programs

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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2008 International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency
October 29–November 1, 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA)
November 6–8, 2008
Washington, DC, United States

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 Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Library

NIDA Clinical Trials Network Data Share

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: www.PARINT.org

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


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 Notes Focuses on the International Program

As part of its "NIDA At Work" series, NIDA Notes featured the NIDA International Program in the June 2008 issue."Linking NIDA to Researchers on a Global Scale" [Whitten, L., 2008. NIDA Notes, 21:6(4-5).] discusses how the NIDA International Program strengthens research networks outside the United States and creates opportunities for global research collaboration, training, and scientific exchange.

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