Number 25, June 2009

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NIDA Plans $2 Million in FY 2010 for International Research Collaborations on HIV/AIDS and Drug Use

Letters of Intent Due: October 18, 2009
Applications Due: November 18, 2009

NIDA has set aside up to $2 million for Fiscal Year 2010 to fund approximately eight grant applications that propose to conduct collaborative, regionally focused research on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and drug use in international settings. Applications must include as key personnel at least two foreign researchers from different countries in the same geographic region, and foreign applicants are encouraged but not required to collaborate with U.S. investigators as key personnel. Using the R01 Research Project grant mechanism, applicants may propose projects for up to 5 years and must limit expected direct costs to $350,000 per year.

This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks to stimulate collaborative research among foreign investigators from the same geographic regions, expand research capacity in resource-limited areas where HIV associated with injection and/or non-injection drug use is an emerging or prevalent epidemic, and enhance availability of evidence-based biomedical and behavioral strategies that will improve public health approaches to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS associated with drug use.This RFA seeks projects that address prevention and treatment research issues utilizing special collaborative opportunities, expertise, resources, populations, or settings to address regionally focused international issues.

Applicants also are encouraged to explore developing collaborative research proposals with established research projects or cohorts, including HIV/AIDS networks such as the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the AIDS Clinical Trials Network (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT), the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI), and the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA), where such collaborations might enhance or expand current research projects and/or utilize existing infrastructure, data, and laboratory resources.

NIDA Supports International Poster Session at Society for Prevention Research as SPR Launches International Networking Effort

Participants in the SPR International Networking Forum included meeting co-chairs Dr. Brenda Miller, Prevention Research Center, and Dr. Sven Andréasson, Swedish National Institute of Public Health. Ms. Jianghong Li, Institute for Community Research, is at right.
Former Humphrey Fellow Dr. Luis Caris, Chile, speaks with NIDA International Program Fellowships Administrator Lisa Jordre, IQ Solutions, during the SPR international poster session.
NIDA Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research Director Dr. Wilson M. Compton listens as Ms. Melissa Tibbits, Pennsylvania State University, explains research conducted in partnership with Alan Flischer, South Africa.

More than 30 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 (DESPR), Prevention Research Branch in conjunction with the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), which was held May 26–29, 2009, in Washington, DC. NIDA provided travel awards for 12 international researchers who presented the results of drug abuse prevention research completed in international settings. DESPR Director Dr. Wilson M. Compton told SPR participants that NIDA supported the international poster session because international research helps the Institute explore and extrapolate the commonalities of addiction and develop international scientists. Representing the International Program, Ms. Dale Weiss cited international researchers' important roles in addressing the public health impact of drug abuse and addiction.

Responding to the SPR decision to focus on international research during its 2011 Annual Meeting, 30 scientists from 10 countries met to suggest ways that SPR can help create more effective international research networks. The group suggested that SPR create a social networking site for international prevention researchers; develop an international structure modeled on the SPR Early Career Preventionists Network; diversify the editorial board of the SPR journalPrevention Scienceand prepare a special issue on international research; organize workshops on publishing research results, grant writing, or international collaboration; provide Continuing Medical Education credits for both U.S. and international participants; propose 2011 conference themes or paper sessions highlighting international research topics such as case studies on the process of building a successful collaboration, prevention in cross-border areas, and prevention among immigrant populations; and cosponsor events with European Union prevention groups.

Dr. Brenda Miller, Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, and Dr. Sven Andréasson, Swedish National Institute of Public Health, co-chaired the International Networking session. Dr. Jean Schensul, Institute for Community Research, moderated the discussion of cross-cultural differences; Dr. Harold Holder, Prevention Research Center, moderated the discussion of natural experiments that arise due to national differences in policy; and Dr. Seth Kalichman, University of Connecticut, moderated the discussion of ways to successfully establish international collaborations. Representatives of NIDA, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development also participated in the meeting.

Prevention scientists interested in participating in the SPR International Network are invited to contact Dr. Miller at or Dr. Andréasson at

Researchers who received NIDA travel awards to participate in the SPR international poster session included:

  • Helen Baker-Henningham, Ph.D., University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Luis Caris, M.D., M.P.H., D.P.H., University of Chile
  • James Cunningham, Ph.D., University of Arizona, who represented his research partner, Ietza Bojorquez of Mexico
  • Ms. Gizem Erdem, Ohio State University, who represented Dr. Kultegin Ogel of Turkey
  • Helga Fridjonsdottir, Ph.D., M.N., R.N., University of Iceland
  • Mr. Steven Hoffman, Arizona State University, who represented Dian Alvarez of Mexico
  • Valentina Kranzelic, Ph.D., University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Catalina Lopez-Quintero, M.D., M.P.H., Hebrew University, Israel
  • Meen Poudyal Chhetri, Ph.D., Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Nepal
  • Shridhar Sharma, M.D., National Academy of Medical Sciences and Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, India
  • Ms. Melissa Tibbets, Pennsylvania State University, who represented Alan Flisher of South Africa
  • Ms. Cho Younoh, Dongguk University, Korea.

NIVC Virtual Seminar Series Features NIDA Division Directors

The NIDA International Program has produced new recorded talks to introduce the mission, goals, and international research priorities of each NIDA Division. The online NIDA Division Directors Virtual Seminar Series is a valuable tool for learning more about NIDA, identifying potential research topics of interest to NIDA, or preparing for meetings with NIDA staff. The following topics are featured in the series:

The video lectures are available through the NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory (NIVC) Resource Center or by clicking on the hyperlink for each topic. The NIDA Division Directors Virtual Seminar Series requires only an Internet-connected computer and speakers. There is no need to register to watch these recordings. More information about NIVC and its Internet-based communication tools is available by registering at

NIDA-Funded Researcher Documents Family Skills Training To Prevent Drug Abuse

NIDA-supported researcher Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer presents insights gained from international experiences in the Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Abuse Prevention, which was published recently by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The guide presents 12 key principles for using evidence-based family skills training programs; cultural adaptation guidelines for existing programs; and practical advice on training staff, recruiting families, and monitoring and evaluating programs. Dr. Kumper, University of Utah, based the guide on her review of scientific evidence in the literature and discussions with a committee of international experts. The guide is available for free download at the UNODC Web site (884KB). The site eventually will include translations of the guide in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish, as well as descriptions of family skills training programs that meet high scientific standards for evidence of effectiveness. Dr. Kumpfer also coauthored an article, “Cultural Adaptation Process for International Dissemination of the Strengthening Families Program,” which was published in Evaluation & the Health Professions (2008[31]:226). The article is available at Sage Journals Online.

DISCA Researchers Demonstrate Effects of Modafinil on Dopamine Transporter Systems

Dr. Raka Jain of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a recipient of a NIDA INVEST Fellowship (1996–1997) and DISCA award (2006) joined Dr. Michael H. Baumann of the NIDA Intramural Research Program and other colleagues to uncover key findings about modafinil, a drug that has been used off-label to treat cocaine dependence. In a recent study, the researchers examined modafinil’s interaction with various receptors and transporters and compared the drug’s effects to those of the indirect dopamine agonists GBR12909 and (+)-methamphetamine (METH). Results provide evidence for the involvement of dopamine transporters in the behavioral stimulant effects of modafinil. The finding that modafinil pretreatment reduced behavioral and neurochemical effects of METH support the drug’s potential use as an adjunct for treating METH addiction. An article describing the study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2009[329]:1–9, 2009). An abstract is available online through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed.

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Funding Opportunities

International Research Collaboration on Drug Addiction

International Research Collaborations on HIV/AIDS and Drug Use:RFA-DA-10-008

Letters of Intent Due: October 18, 2009
Applications Due: November 18, 2009

Existing NIDA-Supported Funding Opportunities

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities and Notices

Upcoming Program Announcement Receipt Dates From Fogarty International Center

Fogarty International Center

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Research Training and Exchange Updates

HHH Fellow Joins UNAIDS in Bangladesh

Dr. Munir Ahmed, recipient of a 2008–2009 Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship, was recently appointed as the UNAIDS Partnerships and Social Mobilization Adviser for Bangladesh under theJoint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ahmed previously worked with CARE’s harm reduction program for injection drug users and heroin smokers and led operations for CARE’s HIV program. During his fellowship year, he focused on drug treatment modalities, including self-help groups and treatment for drug overdoses, prevention programs, and drug control policy and legislation. Dr. Ahmed credits his HHH Fellowship with enhancing his competitiveness for the UNAIDS position, which represents a significant career advancement.

Former HHH Fellow Leads Drug Advisory Program for Colombo Plan

Former Humphrey Fellow Mr. Duc Cuu Nguyen, Vietnam, has been named Director of the Drug Advisory Program (DAP) of the Colombo Plan Secretariat. Founded in 1951, the 26-country Colombo Plan is one of the oldest regional intergovernmental organizations in the world and is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Colombo Plan launched DAP in 1973 to strengthen regional capability to participate effectively in international drug control efforts and to prevent drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking. Mr. Nguyen formerly worked on national drug control policy in the Standing Office on Drug Control of Vietnam, responsible for precursor control and international cooperation in the Greater Mekong subregion, and as officer in charge of binational relations with the United States. He focused on drug control issues as well as drug abuse treatment and prevention during his 2006–2007 Humphrey Fellowship.

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NIDA Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Library

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NIDA Methadone Research Web Guide

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