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Number 5, August 2005

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

What's New

World Drug Report Introduces New Measures of Negative Impact of Drug Use
The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has issued its 2005 World Drug Report. For the first time, UNODC estimates the financial value of the world drug market (US$321 billion) and presents preliminary results of research to create an “illicit drug index” — the comparative measure of a country’s (or region’s) drug problem that will enable comparisons across countries (or regions) and over time. Statistics and analyses also track the global dynamics of drug use with separate entries for opiates, cocaine, cannabis, and amphetamine-type stimulants; and the relationships between illicit drugs and HIV/AIDS.

NIDA Symposium at APA Highlights U.S. – Netherlands Collaboration
NIDA sponsored a symposium during the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Conference to highlight the results of binational research collaborations funded through the International Program’s unique agreement with the Dutch Addiction Program.

Former Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellow Coordinates Brazil’s Drug Information Efforts

Congratulations to 2003-2004 NIDA HHH Drug Abuse Research Fellow, Vladimir Stempliuk, Brazil, who is now coordinator of the Observatory on Drug Information for his country’s anti-drug secretary.

NIDA International Forum
Highlights of the 2005 NIDA International Forum, a one-day symposium on linking drug abuse and HIV/AIDS research include interactive workshops about writing journal articles, adapting the Addiction Severity Index across cultures, and prioritizing HIV/AIDS research needs in drug abuse treatment settings, and a joint NIDA International Forum poster session and CPDD workshop that allowed attendees from both meetings to learn about drug abuse research conducted outside the United States. Click on the links below for more details.

  • Agenda
  • Executive Summary
  • Speaker Presentations

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Funding Opportunities

New Update

on NIDA’s International Program funding opportunities:

Department of Health and Human Services Public Announcement

Participating Organization: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • AIDS International Training and Research Program
    This is a reissue of PA-03-018, which was previously released on October 31, 2002 and expires on December 22, 2007. The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications from eligible institutions for innovative, collaborative training programs that would contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in HIV/AIDS and HIV-related conditions at institutions in low- and middle-income countries. These research-training programs will strengthen scientific knowledge and skills to enhance prevention of and treatment and care for HIV/AIDS and HIV-related conditions in these countries.

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

  • INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship
    Click on the above link if you would like to conduct postdoctoral research with a NIDA grantee.
    • Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 1
    • Notification of Award: June 1 and December 1
    • Fellowships awarded in June must begin in by December 31 of the current year.
    • Fellowships awarded in December must begin by June 30 of the following year.
  • Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Awards (DISCA) and U.S. Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Awards (USDISCA)
    Click on the above link if you are a senior scientist collaborating with a NIDA Grantee and would like to work together in the most suitable locale for joint research.
    • Application Deadline: January 1
    • Notification of Award: March 1
  • NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship
    Click on the above link if you are a mid-career professional who wants to gain international experience at a U.S. research institute.

    The NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship is a component of the larger U.S. Department of State program, and you must contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your home country to apply. The U.S. Department of State is the primary sponsor of the Hubert H. Humphrey Program.

NIDA, State Department Select 2005–2006 Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows

NIDA and the U.S. Department of State have selected eight international drug abuse professionals as 2005–2006 Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows. The two agencies co-sponsor competitive, 10-month awards that provide academic training at Johns Hopkins University and six-week professional affiliations with NIDA-supported researchers. The new Humphrey Fellows include:

  • Dr. Fadi Hammal, Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies
  • Ms. Alexandra Hill, Anti-Drug Foundation of El Salvador
  • Dr. Abdallah Hassan Mansour, Al Khanka Psychiatric Hospital, Center for Psychological Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, Egypt
  • Dr. Danesh Kumar, Indian Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences
  • Dr. Stephen Nsimba, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Tanzania
  • Ms. Patricia Cavalcanti Schmid, Mental Health Unit for Children and Adolescents, Nise da Silveira Public Institute of Mental Health, Brazil
  • Dr. Anna Ramanovna Tkachenko, Far East Center of Mental Health, Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Ms. Nataliya Yuirievna Vlasova, STEPS Treatment Center, Ukraine

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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

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Due to Hurricane Katrina, the NHSN meeting has been moved to the Omni Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida. Please check the meeting Web site for further details.

Inhalant Abuse among Children and Adolescents: Building an International Research Agenda

November 7–9, 2005

NIDA Neuroscience Conference Room D, Rockville, Maryland, USA
This conference, co-sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Fogarty International Center (FIC), will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico with invited participation and presentations from other regions of the world. Attendance at this conference is by invitation only. If you are interested in this meeting, please contact Deborah Harris at 301-984-1471 or via e-mail at dharris@iqsolutions.com.

Summaries of Past SfN Events
November 12–16, 2005
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

Check out the Satellite and Ancillary Events for other NIDA-sponsored meetings at this conference.

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

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Other Items of Interest

NIDA Funds New Research Tool For Behavioral Scientists

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

Access to Free or Low Cost Online Publications for Researchers

  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
    INASP is a cooperative network of partners. Its mission is to enhance the flow of information within and between countries, especially those with less developed systems of publication and dissemination. INSAP was established in 1992 by the International Council of Scientific Unions as a program of the Committee for the Dissemination of Scientific Information. INASP’s Website provides access to a wide variety of research-based resources and publications, as well as links to other resources that may be of high interest to researchers, scientists, health care professionals, and information professionals.
  • HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative

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Reading Corner

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

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This page was last updated July 2005