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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
February, 2001

Planned Meetings

NIDA will be sponsoring a national prevention research conference on August 9-10, 2001, in Washington, D.C. Top drug abuse prevention scientists will share research findings from the past five years with community leaders, educators, and other practitioners. Family, school, media, and multi-context prevention projects will be presented. Determining effective practices and interventions for particular communities will be a major focus. Emerging trends in drug abuse prevention will be highlighted.

NIDA's Center on AIDS and Other Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse (CAMCODA) is planning to hold a working meeting on May 3-4, 2001 in Rockville, MD on "The Network Paradigm in Research on Drug Abuse, HIV, and Other Blood-Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections: New Perspectives, Approaches, and Applications." The purpose of the meeting is to bring together social networks researchers and experts in STDs, HIV/AIDS, and drug abuse to provide scientific presentations, exchange data and information, identify research gaps, and discuss future directions in research on STDs and HIV/AIDS in drug-using networks.

The Fifth Annual PRISM Awards will be held on April 4-5, 2001, in Los Angeles, CA. NIDA will sponsor the event with the Entertainment Industries Council and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These awards are bestowed yearly to members of the entertainment community who have accurately depicted drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, and addiction in their productions.

A NIDA conference on MDMA research is planned for July 19-20, 2001, in the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus. The symposium will focus on the scientific research on methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), including MDMA neuropharmacology, addiction liability, neuropathology and its long-term behavioral consequences, ontogenetic effects, other toxicology, drug interactions, patterns of abuse, perceptions of risk, prevention research, and the toxicology of amphetamines sometimes replacing MDMA (such as PMA and PMMA).

National CTN Steering Committee Meetings are planned for the follow dates and locations: April 2-4, 2001, in Bethesda, MD; July 16-18, 2001, in Denver, CO; and October 22-24, 2001, in Bethesda, MD.

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