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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - February, 2004



Planned Meetings

On February 26-27, 2004, Drs. Melissa Racioppo and Lisa Onken of the Behavioral Treatment Development Branch, will co-chair a meeting on Mechanism of Action of Behavioral Treatments.

On March 4-5, 2004, Drs. Cece McNamara and Lisa Onken of the Behavioral Treatment Development Branch will co-chair a meeting: Using Information Technology to Improve Assessment, Treatment and Training of Substance Abuse Treatment Providers.

On March 16, 2004, Dr. M.D. Majewska, DTRD, will chair a NIDA-sponsored workshop in Bethesda, MD, on Utilization of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the Treatment of Drug Abuse and other Brain Disorders. It is expected that the meeting will stimulate research on utilization of TMS as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in the treatment of drug dependence.

On April 19, 2004 at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Dr. Steven Grant will chair a symposium on Substance Abuse: A Disorder of Cognition and Brain. The leading edge of the emerging view that dysfunction of brain circuits involved in fundamental cognitive processes make critical contributions to the clinical features of substance abuse disorders will be presented by four young investigators funded through a NIDA RFA on Cognitive Aspects of Substance Abuse: Dr. Hugh Garavan, Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Julie Fiez, University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Kevin LaBar, Duke University and Dr. Julie Stout, Indiana University.

On May 4, 2004, at the American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting, Dr. Steven Grant will chair a symposium: Drugs and Other Addictions; Does One Size Fit All? Similarities and differences will be presented in the diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment, and brain function across these disorders, with an emphasis on co-morbidity with both other addictive disorders and other psychiatric illnesses by: Dr. Marc Potenza, Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Nathan Shipira, Univeristy of Florida, Dr. Nancy Petry, University of Connecticut, and Dr. Linda Cottler, Washington University.

National CTN Steering Committee Meetings are planned for the following dates and locations: May 11-13, 2004, in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and September 27-29, 2004, in Detroit, Michigan.

The CTN Data and Safety Monitoring Board will meet March 18-19, 2004, July 15-16, 2004, and November 16-17, 2004 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The group will review the continuing progress of the CTN's protocols.


Index

Research Findings

Program Activities

Extramural Policy and Review Activities

Congressional Affairs

International Activities

Meetings and Conferences

Media and Education Activities

Planned Meetings

Publications

Staff Highlights

Grantee Honors



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