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Number 4, June 2005

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

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NIDA International Forum Draws an Accomplished Crowd
More than 300 registrants from 51 nations participated in the NIDA International Forum June 17-20. Participants were enthusiastic about the workshops, plenary sessions, and international research poster session. A complete meeting summary, including the agenda and select power point presentations, will be posted on the NIDA International Program web page by August.

NIDA, Dutch Addiction Program Advance Collaboration
As the first joint research teams are publishing their results and the second group of scientists are completing their projects, representatives from NIDA and the Dutch Addiction Program (DAP) met May 19-20, 2005, in Baltimore, Maryland, to consider applications for new funding and assess the status of the unique binational agreement.

International Program Highlights 2004 Activities
During Fiscal Year 2004, the International Program demonstrated its role as a vital, dynamic component within NIDA.

Progress Report: NIDA-Spain Cooperation
Dr. M. Patricia Needle, former Senior Adviser to the NIDA International Program, has published an article about collaborative drug abuse research supported by NIDA and the Spanish National Plan on Drugs (PNSD). The article appears in the January 2005 issue of the Spanish-language journal, Trastornos Adictivos (Volume 7, Number 1, Page 1). Dr. Needle summarizes the history of cooperation between NIDA and PNSD; describes NIDA-supported postdoctoral fellowships, research exchange programs for senior scientists, online resources, and funding mechanisms; and invites Spanish drug abuse researchers to join NIDA grantees in cooperative activities to advance scientific understanding of drug abuse and addiction.

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Funding Opportunities

Existing Funding Updates

on NIDA’s International Program funding opportunities:

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The Research Training and Exchange Program

For current information on NIDA and NIH training and exchange programs, please visit the following Web pages:

NIH Fogarty International Center

NIDA International Program

Congratulations to the 2004–2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

On Friday, May 20, 2005, a graduation ceremony was held for the 2004-2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Distinguished guests included Dr. William W. Eaton, Mental Health Department Chair; Dr. Paul Hiemstra, Chief, Humphrey Fellowships and University Partnerships Branch, U.S. Department of State; Dr. Steven W. Gust, Director, NIDA International Program; Ms. Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program; Ms. Daria Teutonico, Humphrey Program Director, Institute of International Education; and Dr. Judith Babbitts, Humphrey Program Assistant Director, Institute of International Education. The 2004-2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows worked with Dr. Wallace Mandell, Humphrey Coordinator and Ms. Nancy Young, Humphrey Program Coordinator at the Department of Mental Health throughout their fellowship, which included a 10 months of academic study at Johns Hopkins and a six-week professional affiliation with a NIDA-supported grantee. The NIDA International Program wishes all of the fellows continued success in building new professional affiliations and continued collaborations.

The 2004-2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows are:

  • Charlton Collie, M.D., Jamaica
  • Nael M. Hassan, M.B., B.Ch., Egypt
  • Khola Iram, M.B.B.S., Pakistan
  • Irena Jakovljevic, M.D., Serbia and Montenegro
  • Monica Malta, Psychologist, Brazil
  • Susanna Moneva, Psychologist, Bulgaria
  • Arun Kumar Sharma, M.D., M.B.B.S., India
  • Venera Zakirova, Ph.D., Russia

If you are a mid-career drug abuse professional who wants to gain international experience at a U.S. institution, the NIDA Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship may be right for you. For further program details on what the fellowship includes, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, click here.

Hubert H. Humphrey Host Campus Competition in Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment for the Academic Year 2006–2007


  • Letter of intent to Submit a Proposal: October 1, 2005
  • Proposal Due: December 15, 2005

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announces a new university competition to host a group of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows in the field of Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment for the academic year 2006–2007 and in subsequent years. The program is renewable for five years contingent on favorable annual performance reviews.

The Program provides fellowships for accomplished professionals from selected developing and transitional countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to come to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of non-degree study and related practical professional experiences. The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright exchange activity, with primary funding from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and is administered by IIE through its Humphrey Fellowship Program office in Washington, DC. The Humphrey Fellowship Program in Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment also receives generous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Fellows in the NIDA-sponsored cohort complete a Professional Affiliation during their Fellowship Year with a NIDA grantee, participate in the NIDA International Forum and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Scientific Meeting, and attend orientation programs at NIDA. Participants in the NIDA cohort should hold masters or doctoral degrees.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a host university for Humphrey Fellows in the field of substance abuse, prevention, and treatment, please go to: www.humphreyfellowship.org/page/campuscompetition/index.v3page;jsessionid=96i7g7eq6i2bn or contact Dr. Judith Babbitts, Assistant Director, at (202) 326-7745 or: jbabbitts@iie.org or Ms. Daria Teutonico, Director, at (202) 326-7701 or dteutonico@iie.org.

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Click here for upcoming meetings of interest

National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse
Fifth Annual Conference on “Drug Abuse and Co-Morbidity”
September 14–17, 2005, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana Back to Top

Public Announcements from NIDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Other Items of Interest

Access to Free or Low Cost Online Publications for Researchers

HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
HINARI makes available a collection of more than 2,100 high-quality medical journals. This collection includes journals on addiction, addictive disorders, addictive behaviors, addiction biology, as well as journals on alcohol and alcoholism, epidemiology, medicine, pharmacology, and biomedicine. HINARI provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing countries. This collection is available through the efforts of WHO together with the 6 biggest biomedical publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley.

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Reading Corner

Look here for research articles or other publications of interest to the international drug abuse research community.

NIDA Funds New Research Tool For Behavioral Scientists

The Research Assistant is a NIDA-funded, online tool for behavioral scientists that includes a grant-writing tutorial, including an interactive proposal outline-building feature; databases and statistical support; search engines; anecdotes from seasoned researchers; and links to other searchable Websites. The site can help researchers collect data, assemble a research proposal team, choose a statistical method, or select a journal for publishing an article. Although the site provides funding information, that information is not geared toward the international audience.

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