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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse

February, 2000


Planned Meetings


A final meeting of grantees funded under the NIH Consortium on Domestic Violence administered by NIDA (Dr. Coryl Jones, ERB/DESPR) will be held in April 2000, in Washington, DC, to discuss progress, findings, and problems in this type of research. Other investigators with studies on violence against women and within the family funded by participating Institutes and agencies, including the National Institute of Justice and the Children's Bureau, will also be invited. Following this meeting, a national conference on violence against women and within the family is planned to provide a broader forum for findings resulting from this NIH Consortium.

Dr. William J. Bukoski, DESPR, serves as NIDA's representative to the Washington Area Council of Governments (COG)---Drug Prevention and Education Committee and is a member of the steering committee that will help plan COG's drug prevention conference scheduled for May 1, 2000. On July 28, 1999, the Drug Prevention Education Committee met to update members on forthcoming prevention activities sponsored by local jurisdictions, to discuss proposed committee activities, and to begin planning the COG drug abuse prevention conference. The theme of the conference is "Bridging Prevention Science and Practice," and will feature local and national science-based drug prevention strategies. Dr. Alan Leshner will provide the keynote address.

A conference entitled "Assessing the Impact of Childhood Interventions on Subsequent Drug Abuse" (Dr. Meyer Glantz, OD/DESPR, and Dr. Naimah Weinberg, ERB/DESPR, co-chairpersons), will be held in Washington, D.C., at Hotel Washington on May 23-24, 2000. NIDA and NIMH are co-sponsoring this meeting to assess the impact of mental health treatments for childhood psychopathologies on subsequent risk for drug abuse to assist drug and mental health investigators develop this important research area. More details will soon be available at http://www.nida.nih.gov/ICAW/ICAW.html.

The Behavioral Science Working Group is developing a thematic track and a series of events focusing on vulnerability to drug abuse for the next meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA, August 2000). The track, entitled "Advances in Understanding Vulnerability to Drug Abuse" is a followup to NIDA's highly successful Conference on Drug Abuse (CODA) that was held at APA in 1996. Planned are a pre-conference satellite day (on Thursday August 3rd) focused on young investigator careers in drug abuse research, followed by invited speakers during the APA meeting on subsequent days, including an invited address by Dr. Leshner. Several student travel awards, co-sponsored by the Science Directorate of the APA, are also planned as part of these activities.


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