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Number 27, October 2009

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

What's New

New NIH Grant Application Forms Required on January 25, 2010

Researchers applying for nearly all types of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will need to use shortened and revised versions of the paper PHS 398 and electronic SF 424 (R&R) forms. Applications (including resubmissions of initial applications that used the current forms) that are due on or after January 25, 2010, must use the new application forms. In addition to shortening the Research Plan section of grant applications, the changes align the structure and content of applications with enhanced peer-review criteria adopted for FY 2010 funding. For more information, see Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Submissions for FY2011 Funding, NOT-OD-09-149.

Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Promotes NIDA International Program Activities

The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MSHE) will consider collaboratively funding research grant applications submitted in response to the NIDA International Program Announcements (PAs), International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction (R01: PA-09-020, R21: PA-09-021, and R03: PA-09-022). Mr. Wojciech Dziedzic, Counsellor to the Minister, MSHE Department for European and International Cooperation, said the Ministry has established an administrative coordinator to promote applications in response to the PAs. MSHE also is encouraging Polish scientists to consider applying for relevant NIDA International drug abuse research fellowships and participating in the NIDA International Forum.

Researchers can find more information in Polish on the Ministry Web site, as well as by emailing Mr. Dziedzic at wojciech.dziedzic@mnisw.gov.pl, or the coordinator, Ms. Anna Kucharska, MSHE Department of Science Policy Instruments, at anna.kucharska@nauka.gov.pl.

NIDA, Dutch Addiction Program Fund Three New Binational Research Teams

Continuing the uniquely successful binational funding agreement between NIDA and the Dutch Addiction Program (DAP), three new research teams have received funding to explore ways to address the use of and dependence on cocaine. NIDA funds the U.S. researchers; DAP supports the Dutch scientists. The newly funded teams are:

  • Dr. George Koob, Scripps Research Institute, and Dr. Judith R. Homberg, University of Nijmegen, will investigate whether an inherited serotonin transporter (5-HTT) genetic variation confers vulnerability to cocaine dependence by enhancing cocaine-induced neuroadaptations in the central corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) stress system and associated negative emotionality.
  • Dr. Christopher Pierce, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Louk Vanderschnuren, Utrecht University, will study striatal circuits involved in drug taking and drug seeking and further explore the efficacy of deep brain stimulation in attenuating drug-related behaviors.
  • Dr. Raymond Booth, University of Florida, and Dr. Wim van den Brink, University of Amsterdam, will continue efforts to find an efficacious medication for stimulant addiction by scaling up synthesis of potential compounds (5HT2A inverse agonist/5HT2C agonist) to conduct in vivo functional evaluation assays, which include cocaine-induced down-regulation of D2 receptor expression using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging techniques and the attenuation of cocaine consumption in rat self-administration models.

Binational Research Project Builds on NIDA International Fellowships To Study Effectiveness of Counseling and Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Jakarta

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and former NIDA International Program Fellows from Indonesia have been awarded an R-01 grant to conduct a prospective randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of integrated drug and HIV counseling among injecting drug users beginning methadone treatment in Indonesia. The team hypothesizes that the structured, low-intensity, cognitive-behavioral drug and risk-counseling approach will be more cost-effective and result in higher rates of retention in treatment, lower rates of drug use, and lower rates of HIV risk than methadone maintenance treatment as usual. To test these hypotheses, the research team in Jakarta will recruit 300 injecting drug users as they enter treatment at the Drug Dependence Hospital and its five satellite programs.

The work expands the collaboration established between the Indonesian principal investigator, Adhi Nurhidayat, M.D., during his NIDA INVEST Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. principal investigator, David Metzger, Ph.D. It also will extend findings from a World Health Organization study on substitution therapy of opiates and HIV/AIDS that was completed by former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Ms. Riza Sarasvita, M.S., M.H.S., and her colleagues at The Drug Dependence Hospital in Jakarta. The grant application was submitted in response to the NIDA International Program Announcement PA-07-275, International Research Collaboration on Drug Addiction.

Updated NIVC Offers Multiple Working Groups and Interdisciplinary Research Options

The NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory (NIVC), has been updated to permit users to join multiple discussion or work groups within NIVC and to join two other Virtual Collaboratories in order to cooperate on interdisciplinary projects with researchers who belong to the NIDA/National Institute of Mental Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Virtual Collaboratory for Integrative Behavioral Health Services Research Network (VCBH) or the NIMH Virtual Collaboratory for Suicide Studies (VCSS).

The NIDA International Program encourages interested researchers to join the existing NIVC working groups or consider creating their own public or private group. To join a public group, log in to NIVC, select the Groups tab from the top menu, and select “click here to join” the groups accepting new members. If you are not a NIVC member, visit the site to register; your request will be approved within 48 hours. Public groups accepting new members include:

  • Inhalants Broad Interest Group (IWG-Broad), chaired by NIDA consultant Dr. M. Patricia Needle, compiles resources on inhalant abuse research and conducts a discussion forum for posing questions and answers.
  • International Research Ethics, chaired by Dr. Linda Cottler, Washington University in St. Louis, focuses on drug abuse research ethical dilemmas that cross cultures and geographic borders, such as confidentiality, informed consent, conflicts with DSM and ICD efforts, and cooperation with pharmaceutical companies.
  • International Women's and Children's Health and Gender Group (InWomen), chaired by Dr. Wendee Wechsberg, RTI International, is a multidisciplinary forum that addresses all aspects of the consequences of substance use among these vulnerable populations.
  • Volatile Solvents Abuse (VSA), chaired by Dr. Colleen Anne Dell, University of Saskatchewan, is comparing VSA use patterns, prevention interventions, and treatment protocols across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Australia.

In addition to the public groups, several invitation-only groups exchange information or plan future activities, including groups for former Humphrey, INVEST, INVEST-CTN, and DISCA/USDISCA fellows and researchers focusing on child neurodevelopment, prevention interventions, and inhalant abuse.

JGPerpich (JGP), a professional services company under contract with the NIDA International Program and the National Institute of Mental Health, administers NIVC and the other two Virtual Collaboratory platforms. On behalf of NIDA, JGP trains NIVC users to use tools such as discussion forums, wikis, member-built resource centers, and group rosters to facilitate collaborative research and working groups. Privacy settings allow members to post materials in the resource center for just one group, other groups in the three Virtual Collaboratories, or with anyone who has access to the Internet. For more information, email info@perpich.com.

New Virtual Seminar Lecture Focuses on Australian Volatile Solvent Abuse Prevention Interventions

The third in a series of Volatile Solvent Abuse Virtual Seminars is ready for viewing. Mr. Tristan Ray, Central Australia Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS), discusses the substantial inroads made into volatile substance misuse problems among a relatively small population in Central Australia. To watch the presentation, viewers must register by answering four questions at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=eJr_2bkrFLpPT3FnSwTsv5jQ_3d_3d.

Viewers may submit questions to Mr. Ray until November 18, 2009, by email at VSA.Moderator@gmail.com. Mr. Ray will respond to the questions by November 23, 2009. A transcript of the questions and answers will be posted in the NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory (NIVC, nivc.perpich.com) Resource Center and emailed to viewers who requested this option at registration. If you have problems viewing the recording or questions about the VSA Virtual Seminars, please email the staff at JGPerpich: VSA.Moderator@gmail.com.

The seminars, which are available on the NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory and the NIDA International Program Web site, are being developed by a multinational working group of inhalant abuse researchers funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and supported by NIDA. Three additional lectures, one each from researchers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, are being prepared.

German School Offers International Doctoral Program

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences offers an international, English-language doctoral program that uses an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to connect the disciplines of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular medicine, neurobiology, and structural biology. Max Planck Institutes and two partner universities (Ludwig Maximilian University and Technical University Munich) conduct the program, which offers fellowships to students of all nationalities. The student population currently includes 42 percent non-German nationals. The application deadline is January 15; selection will be completed by March 15; classes will commence October 1.

Save the Date: 2010 NIDA International Forum
June 11–15, 2010
The Fairmont Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona
Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application Deadline: February 8, 2010

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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

Upcoming Application Deadlines

NIDA Welcomes Humphrey Fellows at VCU and JHU

Ms. Dale Weiss, program analyst from the NIDA International Program, and Fellowships Administrator Ms. Lisa Jordre met with Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellows at meetings to introduce NIDA opportunities available during the fellowships. The pair met with NIDA Humphrey Fellows in Drug Abuse and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on September 3, 2009, and with NIDA Humphrey Fellows in Substance Abuse Education, Treatment, and Prevention at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on September 10, 2009. Ms. Weiss introduced NIDA resources, including the NIDA International Virtual Collaboratory (NIVC), a password-protected tool to support geographically distant partners in collaborative research, discussion, and education, and met individually with the fellows to discuss their research affiliations.

The NIDA Humphrey Fellows at VCU include:

  • Dr. Murilo Battisti, Brazil, investigates ecstasy and club drug use in Brazil, and will use his fellowship to learn about substance abuse research to develop evidence-based practices and policies to address substance abuse among Brazilian youth.
  • Ms. Gabriela (Gabby) Olivera, Uruguay, focuses on gender issues, including violence, that influence women’s abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol, and will concentrate on designing evidence-based substance abuse policies and programs.
  • Ms. Chinyere Celestina (Chi Chi) Okonkwo, Nigeria, has worked in psychiatric hospitals with patients relapsing to drug abuse and will use her fellowship to improve her knowledge of the behavioral aspects of drug abuse and addiction, psychological management of substance abuse, and ways to conduct research that will inform the development of better services for patients.
  • Mr. Mohd Muzafar Shah bin Mohd Razali, Malaysia, is currently working with VCU faculty members to design a culturally valid instrument to identify at-risk youth in Malaysia and will use his fellowship to further refine the tool.
  • Mr. Valeriy Ryabukha, Ukraine, has trained with the Medford, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police and created a pilot drug abuse prevention project in his home country. During his fellowship, he would like to identify effective prevention models that could be implemented in Ukraine and learn how to improve and obtain funding for his pilot program.
  • Mrs. Rawnak Aqraw, Iraq, has worked on initial assessments of drug use and psychiatrists’ perceptions of substance use disorders among Iraqi patients, and will spend her fellowship learning how to design and implement evidence-based treatment programs.
  • Dr. Thanda Khin, Myanmar, focuses on drug-related HIV/AIDS in her country and will use her fellowship to learn more about epidemiology and developing and evaluating treatment and prevention programs.

The Humphrey Fellows at JHU include:

  • Dr. Wali Omer, Iraq, focuses on family health and initiated a pilot project for a family health center. He is interested in technological tools to assist in development of improved service delivery for families.
  • Ms. Esther Arye, Ghana, a biomedical scientist working to identify sexually transmitted and other infectious diseases, will use her fellowship to learn more about epidemiology and establishing HIV/AIDS counseling programs.
  • Ms. Hamida Ebadi, Afghanistan, focuses on public policy development to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health at the Afghan Ministry of Health, and will use her fellowship to focus on evidence-based policy development to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health for women.
  • Mr. Kyaw Aung, Myanmar, is involved with a UNICEF primary care project identifying unserved and underserved health care populations. He will spend his fellowship focusing on policy development to improve maternal and child health to reduce mortality and morbidity.
  • Ms. Andrea Domanico, Brazil, is an ethnographer working with crack cocaine users, human rights issues related to drug addiction and incarceration, and stigma for women drug users. She will spend her fellowship learning how prevention and risk-reduction policies are developed and about research into human rights.
  • Dr. Sergey Koren, Russia, focuses on psychoactive substance users and drug treatment initiatives, and will spend his fellowship learning about HIV prevention programs for high-risk populations and distance-learning activities.
  • Ms. Aysha Ghafoori, Afghanistan, is a child protection worker who works with addicted women and their children. She will spend her fellowship focusing on establishing treatment programs and developing policies to improve women’s and children’s health, minimize gender discrimination, and improve civil rights.

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International Addiction Conference: Women, Children, and Gender
Satellite to CPDD
Friday, June 11, 2010
12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Wendee Wechsberg, RTI International, wmw@rti.org.

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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

International Programme in Addiction Studies

International Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Research Community

Drug Abuse Research Training Modules

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 Society of Addiction Medicine offers an International Certification in Addiction Medicine for physicians.

Access to Free or Low-Cost Online Publications for Researchers

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Reading Corner

UNHAPPY HOURS: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas; This Pan American Health Organization publication (in English) identifies common characteristics and trends from 10 countries on the relationship between alcohol consumption and partner violence.

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