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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - February, 2010



Meetings/Conferences

NIDA's Neuroscience Consortium once again organized the Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention at the 2009 Society for Neuroscience meeting, October 16, 2009. This year's mini-convention included sessions on Non-cannabinoid receptor-mediated actions of endo-cannabinoids; Delayed neurobiological plasticity in drug abuse and chronic pain; Epigentics, central nervous system function and disease; and Neurotrophic factors and drug addiction. The mini-convention was organized by Drs. Roger Sorenson, Susan Volman, David Thomas, John Satterlee, Jonathan Pollock, David Shurtleff, Mary Kautz and Cathrine Sasek.

Dr. David Shurtleff chaired a symposium Neurotrophic Factors and Drug Addiction as part of NIDA's mini-convention "Frontiers in Addiction Research" held in Chicago on November 16, 2009. Speakers included Drs. Mart Saarma (University of Helsinki); Yavin Shaham (NIDA IRP) David W. Self (UT Southwestern Medical Center); Jacqueline F. McGinty (Medical University of South Carolina) and Eric Nestler (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

Dr. Roger Sorensen, DBNBR, organized and chaired a symposium titled: Non-Cannabinoid Receptor-Mediated Actions of Endo-Cannabinoids, that was held on October 19, 2009 as part of the 2009 NIDA/SfN "Frontiers in Addiction Research" mini-convention in Chicago, IL.

Drs. Susan Volman and David Thomas, DBNBR, co-chaired a symposium on Delayed Neurobiological Plasticity in Drug Abuse and Chronic Pain at the NIDA Mini-convention SFN satellite meeting in Chicago, IL, October, 2009. The symposium featured presentations by Drs. Julie Blendy, Bruce Hope, David Borsook, and Michel Barrot.

Dr. Susan Volman organized the Early Career Investigators Poster Session at the NIDA Miniconvention SFN satellite meeting in Chicago, IL, October, 2009. Eighty posters were presented, including 17 by international investigators co-sponsored by six international organizations (CPDD, IBRO, ICRS, IDARS, INRC, and IUPHAR).

Drs. Mary Kautz and Cathrine Sasek chaired the 7th annual Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletsky Memorial Award lecture at the annual Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. This year's winner was Dr. Geoffrey Schoenbaum. The Jacob P. Waletsky Memorial Award was established in 2003 to recognize the research contributions made by outstanding junior scientists in the area of drug addiction or alcoholism, and the nervous system.

Dr. Roger Sorensen coordinated and chaired The 3rd Annual Julius Axelrod Lecture, held on October 18, 2009 in conjunction with the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in Chicago, IL. This year's winner, Dr. Michael Greenberg, spoke on "Signaling Networks that Regulate Synapse Development and Cognitive Function". NIDA served as the lead Institute for this year's event, which was also co-hosted by NIMH and NINDS.

NIDA hosted a Research Training Directors' Meeting on November 2, 2009 at the Pooks Hill Bethesda Marriott Hotel. Research training directors or representatives from over 35 training programs attended. The meeting comprised presentations, updates, and open discussion on best practices, state of the programs, grants management and review concerns, recruitment, evaluation, and other training issues. Drs. Mimi Ghim, Ericka Boone, Belinda Sims, and Eliane Lazar-Wesley, as well as Beth Babecki, Debra Grossman, Usha Charya, and Anna Staton organized the meeting on behalf of the Research Training Committee.

The Blending Hand-Off Meeting for computerized motivational incentives was convened on December 8, 2009 in Chevy Chase, Washington DC and chaired by Dr. Timothy P. Condon, Deputy Director, and co-chaired by Dr. Cindy Miner, Deputy Director, OSPC. The objective of the meeting was to present and discuss research results regarding computerized contingency management interventions and to determine whether a new Blending Team product should be developed. This Blending Team will be coordinated by Dr. Denise Pintello and participants include ATTC directors, NIDA researchers, NIDA and SAMHSA staff and CTP members.

On November 23-24 2009, NIDA's Director, Dr. Nora Volkow convened the first meeting of the NIDA Science of Genetics Council Review Work Group in Bethesda, Maryland. The focus of this meeting was to assist NIDA in identifying new scientific directions and opportunities that will serve to maximize the Institute's scientific investment in the genetics research portfolio. This meeting was chaired by Dr. Eric Nestler and organized and coordinated by Dr. Denise Pintello, Special Assistant to the NIDA Deputy Director.

NIDA's Special Populations Office (SPO) held a joint meeting of the NIDA Researchers and Scholars Workgroups October 14-15, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting convened members of the African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian American/Pacific Islander Researchers and Scholars Workgroups, representatives of the National Hispanic Science Network and NIDA staff. Workgroup members provided updates on current activities and new initiatives centered on mentoring, training, and career development of early career investigators. Staff from the Special Populations Office, including Flair Lindsey, Program Analyst and Pamela Goodlow, Public Health Analyst, provided updates on office activities and programs. Drs. Nora Volkow and Timothy Condon provided an overview of current NIDA research and participated in a discussion of workgroup members' recommendations respectively.

Drs. Wilson Compton, Eve Reider, Elizabeth Robertson and Belinda Sims, DESPR, collaborated with staff from the NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications to plan a Virtual Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC and Camden, ME, to discuss implementation of evidence-based drug abuse prevention and new findings from the Community Youth Development Study, which is testing the efficacy of the Communities That Care operating system for delivery of tested and effective prevention interventions within communities. The Virtual Town Hall was held on September 9, 2009 and included the Directors of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Principal Investigator of the Community Youth Development Study at the Washington, DC site, and program staff and community partners in the five-town implementation site that gathered in Camden, ME as well as participants from Illinois and Washington.

Dr. James Bjork, DCNBR, in collaboration with Dr. Lis Nielsen at NIA, organized a meeting on Aging, Motivation, and Addiction, which was held on October 5 and 6, 2009 in Washington D.C. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC), with additional funding by NIA. The major purpose was to assess the state of knowledge about how advanced aging may interact with drug use to affect cognition and decision-making.

Drs. Bethany Deeds, Liz Ginexi, and Thomas Brady of DESPR collaborated with colleagues in the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to host NIDA's Exploring Interconnections: A Network Dynamics Workshop for Understanding and Preventing Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Abuse on January 13th and 14th, at NIH. Objectives of the meeting were to describe state-of-the-art methodological advances in the field of social network research; identify and discuss obstacles and opportunities for stimulating and integrating scientific advancements in social network analysis for epidemiology, prevention, and services research in adolescents and young adult substance use; and discuss strategies for promoting the translation of social network research findings to improve prevention and treatment of substance use among adolescents and young adults, including the support of ongoing recovery.

Drs. Cecelia Spitznas, Lisa Onken, Jessica Chambers and Debra Grossman, all of DCNBR, organized a meeting held September 21, 2009 in Bethesda MD entitled, Developing an Innovative Mobile Therapy: Twitter for Tobacco "Tweetment." The conference brought together treatment development experts, Twitter Developers, and smoking cessation researchers to examine the utility of using the novel microblogging service Twitter as well as other social networks for addressing addiction to nicotine.

The National CTN Steering Committee Meetings were held October 20-22, 2009 in Bethesda, MD. The following meetings/committees convened:

  • CTP and PI Caucuses
  • Invest Fellow Meeting
  • Executive Committee
  • Research Utilization Committee
  • Research Development Committee
  • Node Coordinator Workgroup
  • Steering Committee
  • Pharmacotherapy Special Interest Group
  • CTN 0027 START Study Team
  • CTN 0031 STAGE 12 Study Team
  • CTN 0037 STRIDE Study Team
  • CTN 0044 Web-based Study Team
  • CTN 0046 S-CAST Study Team
  • CTN 0047 SMART ED Study Team
  • CTN 0048 CURB Study Team

Three workshops were held during the CTN Steering Committee Meetings:

  • Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation in Addiction Treatment Clinical Trials Mini-Workshop The purpose of this workshop was to give a brief overview of the discussion and conclusions from the NIDA CTN-sponsored workshop held July 30-31, 2009 - "Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation in Addiction Treatment Clinical Trials."
  • Synthesizing Results Across Studies: Meta-Analysis in Plain English A CTN Design and Analysis Workshop on "Synthesizing Results Across Studies: Meta-Analysis in Plain English", was held Tuesday, October 20, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The workshop provided a non-technical introduction to meta-analysis, its key elements, logic, and benefits.
  • Methods for Disseminating Evidence-Based Treatments from the Frontlines of Community Treatment Programs: October 2009 Edition On October 20, 2009, the Research Utilization Committee convened its second implementation workshop, titled, "Methods for Disseminating Evidence-Based Treatments from the Frontlines of Community Treatment Programs: October 2009 Edition." CTP representatives from seven CTN Nodes described efforts to implement empirically supported treatments in CTPs. These presentations underscored implementation innovations, successes, and lessons learned. This workshop was an extension of the first dissemination workshop held at the March 2009 CTN SC meeting. The first workshop was recorded and will soon be available on the CTN Dissemination Library website, along with the opportunity to take a knowledge quiz to earn credit hours. The CTN Library and NATTC are coordinating this effort.

The second and third 2009 CTN Regional Dissemination Workshops were held October 28-29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA and November 2, 2009 in Charleston, SC, respectively.

CCTN staff organized a NIDA Science Meeting sponsored by NIDA's Office of Science Policy and Communications on December 15-16, 2009 in Bethesda, MD. The title of the two-day conference was Clinically Meaningful Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome Measures for Effectiveness Trials. The main objective of the meeting was to explore current thinking by leaders in the drug abuse field regarding appropriate primary drug abuse/use outcomes, measures and approaches for clinical effectiveness trials in drug abuse treatment research.


Dr. Timothy P. Condon, Deputy Director, NIDA, presented "National Institute on Drug Abuse: Institute Update" at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Fall Hill Briefing on Advances in Psychiatric and Substance Use Research on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon provided welcoming remarks at the NIDA Primary Care Meeting in Rockville, Maryland on October 1, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon led a "Discussion with the NIDA Deputy Director" at the SPO Joint Minorities Work Group Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on October 15, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon presented "Advances in Drug Abuse and Addiction Research" at the Society for Neuroscience Addiction Studies Program in Chicago, Illinois on October 16, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon presented "NIDA Progress, Priorities & Plans for the Future" at the US-Netherlands Collaborative Research Meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 22, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon participated on a plenary panel and presented "Opportunities and Priorities for Addiction Health Services Research at NIDA" at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference 2009 Health Care Reform, Parity, and Continuing Care Models: A Forum for a New Era in Addiction Services Research, in San Francisco, California on October 30, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon presented opening welcome remarks at the NIDA T32 Directors Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on November 2, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon presented "It's a Brain Disease: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt -- The Neuroscience of Addiction" and participated in at the National Chief and Presiding Judges Symposium, Advancing Systems Change: Enhancing Court System Efficiencies Through Emerging Addiction Science, in Savannah, Georgia on November 5, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon was a panelist and presented on "Drug Abuse Research Update: Communica-ting Science Fact, Not Science Fiction" at the Red, White & True: Journalism Education Association/ National Scholastic Press Association Fall National High School Journalism Convention Covering Health Issues: What You Need to Know Before You Publish a Health Related Story in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon chaired the MIEDAR II, Blending Handoff Meeting on Computerized Motivational Incentives in Washington, DC on December 8, 2009.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon served as a panelist in the CSAT Road to Recovery webcast Ignoring Instructions: The Importance of Using Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications Correctly in Rockville, Maryland on December 17, 2009.

Dr. Cindy Miner, Deputy Director, OSPC presented the Keynote "Neurobiology of Addiction" at the Sussex County Substance Abuse Conference on October 2, 2009 in Sussex, New Jersey.

Dr. Cindy Miner presented the Keynote "Advances in Drug Abuse and Addiction Implementation Research: Implications for Prevention" at the 5th Annual Conference on Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug Abuse and Violence on October 9, 2009 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Dr. Cindy Miner presented "Science of Addiction" at the Science of Drug Abuse in Schools and Colleges 2009 Conference on October 20, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.

Dr. Cindy Miner participated in the NIDA/NIMH Grantwriting Workshop and Mock IRG Panel at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Conference on October 28, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Cindy Miner participated in a panel discussion of the AACAP-NIDA Career Development Award, K12 Program at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Conference on October 28, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Cindy Miner represented NIDA at the Jeanne Spurloch Minority Medical Student Research Fellowship presentations at the AACAP Young Leaders Awards Luncheon at the AACAP Conference on October 28, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Denise Pintello, OD, participated in an NIH panel titled: "Social Work Research Career Opportunities at NIH and CDC" presented at the Society for Social Work Research on January 13, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Ruben Baler organized and co-chaired a panel entitled "Modafinil: revisited" at the 2009 ACNP Annual meeting in Hollywood, FL.

Dr. Ruben Baler presented the lecture "Neuroscience of Addiction" at the World Congress on Addictions" September 23-25, 2009, Mexico City, Mexico

On November 8 and 9, 2009, Elisabeth Davis, OSPC, attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges in Boston to launch the first wave of curriculum resources for medical students, resident physicians, and faculty developed by NIDA's Centers for Excellence for Physician Information. NIDA Press Officer Jeff Levine also attended the meeting to encourage media attention of the resources.

As part of a panel presentation entitled: Innovative Strategies to Improve Physician Screening and Referral of Substance Use Disorders in Medical/Surgical Patients at the annual meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in Las Vegas in November 2009, Elisabeth Davis, OSPC, presented alongside representatives from NIDA's Centers for Excellence for Physician Information on the newly released medical education resources for students, resident physicians and faculty.

Dr. Lula Beatty, Director, Special Populations Office, participated in the careers in psychology forum on November 21, 2009 held at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the D. C. Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Dr. Lula Beatty presented a session on health disparities at NIDA's Training Directors meeting on November 2, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Lula Beatty served as a discussant at two sessions, "Making Drug Abuse Services Work for Vulnerable Populations in the 21st Century" and "HIV/AIDS research: Unmasking disparities in the 21st century," at the American Public Health Association conference on November 10-11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ana Anders, M.S.W., Public Health Analyst, SPO, represented NIDA at the Latino Behavioral Health Institute (LBHI) annual conference on September 24-26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Ana Anders attended the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) annual conference on October 28-30, 2009 in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Teri Levitin, Director, OEA, attended the American Academy of Family Physicians meeting in October 2009 and served as a resource for questions about changes in NIH review policies and procedures.

Lyle Furr, OEA, participated in the 60th AALAS National Meeting in Denver, CO, November 8-12, 2009.

Dr. Gerald McLaughlin, OEA, was an invited discussant at the Systems Biology of Human Aging Symposium at the Biomedical Research Center, Baltimore, MD, December 8 and 9, 2009.

Dr. Meena Hiremath, OEA, gave a presentation on Enhancing Peer Review Changes at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference, San Francisco, CA October 28-30, 2009.

Dr. David Shurtleff gave a presentation: "Overview of NIDA's Genetics Program" for the NIDA Science of Genetics Council Review meeting in Bethesda, MD, Nov. 23, 2009.

Drs. Steve Grant, DCNBR, and David Shurtleff co-organized and co-chaired a symposium entitled "Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: What do we Know and What do we do About it?" at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, December 9, 200 in Hollywood FL. Speakers included Drs. Daniel Weintraub; Anthony A. Grace; Mark A. Gluck; Isabelle Boileau; Wendy R. Galpern.

Dr. Vishnu Purohit, DBNBR, presented a seminar on Cannabinoid and Liver Inflammation at the North Eastern University, Boston, MA, September 24, 2009.

Dr. Vishnu Purohit organized a symposium on Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Drugs of Abuse: Post-HAART Era, Rockville, Maryland, October 26-27, 2009.

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington, DBNBR, and Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research Program, participated in the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) workshops, "Strategic Planning: Updating the Women's Health Research Agenda for the Coming Decade," held at Brown University, Providence, RI, September 21-2, 2009 and at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, October 14-16, 2009.. The meeting was co-hosted by the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington gave an invited talk, "Evidence for Gender-Specific Addiction Risk," at the American Society for Addiction Medicine's Course on the State of the Art in Addiction Medicine in Washington, DC, October 22-24, 2009.

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington was a session chair at the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health's Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Symposium held at Lipsett Auditorium, Bethesda, MD, November 17, 2009.

Dr. Samia Noursi, DBNBR, Deputy Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research Program, represented NIDA at the "Think Tank Meeting" of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and the 14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, September 23-26, 2009 in San Diego, CA. NPEIV is an overarching group of organizations, agencies, coalitions, and groups that embraces a national, multi-disciplinary and multicultural commitment to violence prevention across the lifespan.

Dr. Samia Noursi, together with Dr. Nicolette Borek, DCNBR, organized and co-chaired a symposium, "New Directions in Research on Prenatal Nicotine Exposure: Early Neurobehavioral Outcomes, Genetic Influences, and Treatment for Pregnant Women Who Smoke," at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), October 27-November 2, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Panelists were Lisa Stroud (Brown University), Sandra Wiebe (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Jenae Neiderhiser (The Pennsylvania State University), and Steve Higgins (University of Vermont).

Dr. Samia Noursi participated in the National Conference sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health in Chicago, October 14-16, 2009. This was the fourth in a series of public hearings and scientific workshops to update the Women's Health Research Agenda at the NIH for the coming decade. The meeting was co-hosted by the Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Noursi served on the ORWH Panel that received public testimonies from over 17 representatives of national advocacy organizations. She also participated in the "Under-Studied and Under-Represented Populations" working group.

Dr. Minda Lynch, DBNBR, gave three invited lectures at the NASW/Alaska Chapter Annual Meeting in Anchorage, AK, during October 2009. The talks included: "Under Construction: Addiction, Risk, and Adolescent Brain Development", "Not Your Grandfather's Genes: The Brave New World of Genetics in Mental Health" and "Inhalant Abuse: Nothing to Huff About!"

Dr. Susan Volman, DBNBR, was invited to co-chair a session on "Multi-Level Measurement and Technological Advances" at the NIH meeting "Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research: Methodological and Technological Innovation in the Behavioral and Social Sciences" on October 8, 2009 in Bethesda.

Dr. Allison Hoffman, DBNBR, was invited to participate in a DHHS working group subcommittee on Tobacco Product Regulation.

Dr. Allison Hoffman participated on the Planning Committee for an NCI workshop on "Cigarette Warning Labels, Packaging, & Product Labeling: Current Science & Practice to Identify Research Priorities", October 20-21, 2009, Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Allison Hoffman participated on the Planning Committee for the National Hispanic Science Network Annual Meeting, Miami, FL (October 29-31, 2009). Theme: Tobacco.

Dr. Allison Hoffman participated on the Planning Committee for the 2nd Menthol Conference, held in Atlanta, GA on October 19-20, 2009.

Dr. Allison Hoffman participated on the Planning Committee for the 1st Annual Schroeder Institute Consensus Conference: Integrating Social Network Analysis and Informatics Technology into Behavior Change and Tobacco Control, November 30, December 1, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock, DBNBR, attended the Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus in Patients on Opiate Agonist Treatment, Cornell Weill Medical Center, New York City, New York, November 13, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock participated in the Knockout Mouse Project and Mouse Phenotyping Meeting, Bethesda, MD, October 28-29, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics, Honolulu, HI, October 20-24, 2009.

Dr. Da-Yu Wu, DBNBR, attended the Rat Genomics and Models meeting at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from December 2 to December 5, and held discussions there with several groups of researchers from UK and US on developing rat genetics and genomics research for drug addiction. A web based work shop is being organized at NIDA on this topic.

Dr. John Satterlee, DBNBR, gave a presentation: "Overview of NIDA Epigenetics and Roadmap Epigenomics Programs" at the NIDA Science of Genetics Council Review, Bethesda, MD, November 23, 2009.

Dr. John Satterlee chaired the session: "Epigenetics, Central Nervous System Function and Disease" at the NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research, Chicago, Illinois, October 16, 2009.

Dr. Satterlee attended the NHGRI sponsored "Genomics of Gene Regulation Planning Workshop" on October 27-28, 2009 in Gaithersburg, MD.

Dr. Satterlee attended the Roadmap Epigenomics Program Investigators Meeting on November 5-6, in Bethesda, MD. He moderated the session "Technology Development in Epigenetics" and co-moderated a panel discussion on "Integration of Program Components".

Dr. Joni Rutter, DBNBR, co-chaired the Roadmap Epigenomics Program Investigators Meeting on November 5-6, 2009 in Bethesda, MD.

Drs. Laurence Stanford and Joseph Frascella, DCNBR, participated in the "Workshop on Understanding and Preventing Adolescent Risk Behavior: Integrating Findings Across Domains of Influence" sponsored by the National Research Council Institute of Medicine of the National Academies on December 14, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Laurence Stanford gave a presentation on NIDA's Exploratory Centers for Translational Research on the Clinical Neurobiology of Drug Addiction to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee on November 14, 2009.

Drs. Joseph Frascella, Laurence Stanford, Lisa Onken, Nicolette Borek, Cheryl Boyce and Steven Grant, all of DCNBR, participated in NIDA Chat Day on November, 10, 2009.

Dr. James M. Bjork, DCNBR, gave a lecture: "Impulsivity and incentive processing in alcoholism: Behavior and brain investigations at the NIH" at the NIH main campus on January 5, 2010. This was part of the "Fall in Love with NIH" lecture series.

Dr. Steven Grant, DCNBR, organized, chaired and served as the discussant for a panel on "Convergent Evidence Linking Functional Brain Imaging to Dopamine Signaling" at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology held December 6-10, 2009 in Hollywood, FL.

Dr. Steven Grant and Dr. David Shurtleff, DBNBR co-organized and co-chaired a panel on "Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: What Do We Know and What do We Do About It?" at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology held in December 6-10, 2009 in Hollywood, FL.

Dr. Steven Grant served as a discussant on a panel titled "Are Neuronal Consequences of Recreational MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxy-Methamphetamine; Ecstasy) Use Still a Problem? Recent Neuroimaging Findings" at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharma-cology held in December 6-10, 2009 in Hollywood, FL

Dr. Yu (Woody) Lin of DCNBR and Dr. David Thomas of DBNBR co-organized a meeting entitled "Pain Measurement Scale: Current Issues and Future Direction", co-sponsored by NIDA, NIDA Prescription Opioid and Pain Workgroup and Office of Research and Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was held on January 27, 2010 at North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center.

Dr. Yu (Woody) Lin organized a seminar sponsored by the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavior Research by Dr. Ajay Wasan, a K23 grantee at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wasan spoke on "The Impact of Negative Affect on Chronic Pain Treatment Outcomes, Including Prescription Opioid Misuse" on January 26, 2010 at the NIH Neuroscience Building.

Dr. Nicolette Borek, DCNBR, and Dr. Samia Noursi, DBNBR co-organized the symposium "New Directions in Research on Prenatal Nicotine Exposure: Early Neurobehavioral Outcomes, Genetic Influences, and Treatment for Pregnant Women Who Smoke" at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting October 24-31st, 2009 in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Borek also presented a talk on NIDA Child and Adolescent Research Opportunities during the NIDA-NIMH sponsored NIH Grant Writing Workshop.

Dr. Nicolette Borek, DCNBR, chaired the annual meeting of the Maternal Lifestyles Study Steering Committee. The meeting was held November 17-18, 2009 in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce, DCNBR, presented an "Update on Federal Research on Child Neglect" at the Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium Annual Meeting: "Enhancing the Validity of Research on Neglect with Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Populations," held at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, on September 10 -11, 2009.

Dr. Cecelia Spitznas, DCNBR, participated in organizing the m-Health Summit, a meeting on mobile devices for health which was held October 29 & 30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The meeting was sponsored by the Foundation for NIH and Microsoft, and included NIH, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Vodaphone Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the UN Foundation as partners. The conference provided an opportunity for chipmakers, handset makers, telecom providers and researchers as well as DHHS leaders and global health experts and policy makers to start developing an agenda for m-health research. Dr. Nora Volkow participated in a "Visionaries" panel at the summit.

Dr. Shoshana Kahana, DCNBR, served as the chair for the Strategies for Integrating Behavioral and/or Pharmacological Treatments for Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Comorbidities panel at the November 20-22, 2009 meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Will M. Aklin, DCNBR, chaired a meeting entitled, "Targeting Behavioral and Neurobehavioral Mechanisms in Substance Abuse Treatment" at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference in November, 2009.

At the December, 2009 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) meeting, Dr. Ahmed Elkashef (DPMCDA) chaired and Dr. David McCann (DPMCDA) served as the discussant for a symposium entitled "Development of Immunological and Catabolic Agents for the Treatment of Drug Addiction Disorders." Presentations covered vaccines for tobacco and drug addiction treatment (Dr. Paul Pentel), monoclonal antibodies for drug overdose and drug addiction treatment (Dr. Michael Owens), cocaine catalytic antibodies (Dr. Kim Janda), and a cocaine hydrolase engineered from human butrylcholinesterase (Dr. Liora Sklair-Tavron).

Dr. Ivan Montoya, DPMCDA, chaired a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) entitled "Early Intervention of Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents to Prevent the Initiation and Progression of Drug Use Disorders". It included the following presentations Psychiatric risk and protective factors for initiation and progression of drug use among adolescents (Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez), Interventions for Impulsive/Explosive Behaviors to Prevent the Initiation and Progression of SUDs in Adolescents (Dr. Stephen Donovan), The influence of ADHD on the trajectory of SUDs (Dr. Paula Riggs), Treatment of bipolar disorders in adolescents at risk for SUDs (Dr. Melissa DelBello), and Early Detection and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders and the Progression of Marijuana Use in Adolescents (Dr. Alan Green).

Dr. Ivan Montoya presented at the 46th Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission in Miami, FL. The title of the presentation was "Progress in Developing Medications and Vaccines for Drug Addiction Treatment".

Dr. Wilson M. Compton, Director, DESPR, participated in the DSM-V Task Force and DSM-V Substance Use Disorders Workgroup meetings, Arlington, Virginia, September 22-23 and November 16-17, 2009.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on Mainstreaming Addictions in Medicine at the American Society of Addiction Medicine 2009 Review Course in Addiction Medicine, Washington, DC, October 22, 2009.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on Understanding Addiction as a Brain Disease to the Workshop of the 11th Federal Circuit Court Judges, November 3, 2009.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton participated in the ONDCP Inter-agency Workgroup for Demand Reduction. Meetings have been held on an ongoing basis since March 2009.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton chaired a panel on Drug Use Disorders in the United States: NESARC Study Results at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, December 3-6, 2009.

Dr. Kevin Conway, Mark Brodsky and Dr. Wilson M. Compton, all of DESPR, presented on Illicit Drug Outcomes at 3-Years in a Large National Sample at the Annual Meting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, December 6-10, 2009.

Dr. Eve Reider and Dr. Belinda Sims in the Prevention Research Branch, DESPR, are members of the program planning committee for the 18th Annual Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting that will be held June 1-4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Reider is also an organizer and theme reviewer for the 3rd Annual NIDA International Poster Session that will be held June 1, 2010 at the SPR Meeting.

Dr. Eve Reider was a NIDA representative at a meeting held September 22, 2009 for the Office of National Drug control Policy (ONDCP) Military, Veterans and their Families Working Group.

Dr. Eve Reider represented NIDA as a member of the Military, Veterans and their Families Working Group at the Demand Reduction Interagency Working Group Meeting July 8, 2009 and November 5, 2009 for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Dr. Eve Reider represented NIDA on November 3, 2009 at a meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

Dr. Redonna Chandler, DESPR, presented a plenary address titled: "Addressing adolescent drug abuse: Effective treatment and principles" during a meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank held in San Jose, Costa Rica on October 8, 2009.

Dr. Redonna Chandler presented a plenary address for the National Chief and Presiding Judges Training in Savannah, GA, titled, "Science informed judicial decision making" on November 5, 2009.

Dr. Redonna Chandler gave a plenary address titled, "Evidence based drug abuse treatment in criminal justice settings," at the 16th Annual TASC Conference on Drugs & Crime in Charlotte, NC, on September 24, 2009.

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi in the Prevention Research Branch, DESPR, served as a panel moderator at the Interagency federal methodological meeting titled "Subgroup analysis in prevention and intervention research" September 14-15, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Aleta Meyer, in the Prevention Research Branch, DESPR spoke as a panelist for the Virginia Family Impact Seminar titled "Substance Abuse Prevention: Policies, Programs, and Strategies that can Work for Virginia's Youth" on September 23, 2009 at the Capitol of Virginia. Co-panelists were Dr. Anthony Biglan of the Oregon Research Institute and Dr. Patrick Tolan of the University of Virginia.

Dr. Aleta Meyer spoke at the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University on October 21, 2009. The title of her presentation was "Thinking about Adoption, Implementation, and Sustainability on the Front-End of Research."

Dr. Aleta Meyer represented NIDA as a member of the Workforce-Related Working Group at the Demand Reduction Interagency Working Group Meeting November 5, 2009 for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Dr. Augusto Diana in the Prevention Research Branch, DESPR, organized and moderated a panel at the National Prevention Network meeting in Anaheim, CA, September 17, 2009. The panel was titled, "Translational Research: Dissemination Efforts at NIDA." Three NIDA grantees, Drs. Luanne Rohrbach, Richard Spoth and Chris Ringwalt, were the invited panelists who spoke about their NIDA-funded research.

Dr. Augusto Diana organized a symposium as part of the CSAP-NIDA Innovations in Prevention Symposium Series in Rockville, MD, October 7, 2009. The speaker was Dr. Richard Spoth, who discussed his NIDA-funded research on the PROSPER model.

Dr. Augusto Diana organized and moderated a panel at the National Prevention Network meeting in Anaheim, CA, September 17, 2009. The panel was titled, "Translational Research: Dissemination Efforts at NIDA."

Dr. Aria Crump in the Prevention Research Branch, DESPR, presented on "Perspectives On Peer Review: What Makes a Critique Useful For Program Officials?" for the NIH Peer Review Workshop held by the Center for Scientific Review on September 21, 2009 in Bethesda, MD.

On October 14, 2009, Dr. Aria Crump gave a presentation entitled "Prevention Research at NIDA" for the Joint Workgroups Meeting convened by the NIDA Special Populations Office in Bethesda, MD.

On October 26, 2009, Drs. Aria Crump and Belinda Sims led a workshop on career development, training opportunities, and mentoring for the NIH Partners in Research Investigator Meeting at the Natcher Center on NIH's main campus.

On November 2, 2009, Dr. Aria Crump participated on a panel discussing the future of T32 programs for the NIDA Research Training Directors' Meeting held in Bethesda, MD.

On November 10, 2009, Dr. Aria Crump participated in a federal panel entitled "Surging Towards Equality: Health Disparities Research" at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Belinda Sims represented NIDA as a member of the Prevention and Education Working Group at the Demand Reduction Interagency Working Group Meeting November 5, 2009 for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Dr. Peter Hartsock, DESPR, gave a presentation on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse research funded by NIDA that focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, including studies that involve advanced mathematical modeling, applied epidemiology, and research training, as part of a research symposium and site visit at the University of Texas School of Public Health, in Houston, TX, September 17-18, 2009.

Dr. Peter Hartsock participated in the Georgetown University conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University's founding of its Russian Area Studies Program, November 21st, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hartsock presented on some notable milestones in drug abuse and HIV/AIDS resulting from NIDA support and collaborations over the past 20 years.

Dr. LeShawndra Price, DESPR, along with Dr. Cheryl Boyce, DCNBR, and colleagues from NICHD and NIMH, presented and participated in the Third Annual Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles September 11-12, 2009. This year's focus explored health disparities in child neglect and trauma.

Dr. LeShawndra Price, with Dr. Cheryl Boyce, presented and participated in the Family Research Consortium Fall Institute at Yale University on September 20-23, 2009. This year's focus explored the co-occurrence of psychiatric and addictive disorders with a perspective on the family.

Dr. Dionne Jones, DESPR, organized, planned and moderated two symposia "HIV/AIDS Research: Unmasking Disparities in the 21st Century" and "Making Drug Abuse Services Work for Vulnerable Populations in the 21st Century" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, October 7-11, 2009.

Dr. Tom Brady, DESPR, organized an October 29th, 2009 symposium, "Continuing Care Models for Adolescents in Addiction Treatment: Questions for Future Research", at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Drs. Tom Brady and Wilson Compton developed and presented a NIDA Workshop at the American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, October 9, 2009 in New York, NY. The workshop was titled "Screening and Brief Interventions for Substances in Medical Settings: Implications for Psychiatry."

Dr. Dionne Jones, DESPR, gave a presentation on "Health Disparities Research at NIH: Towards Health Equity" for a panel she organized and planned entitled "Surging Toward Equality: Health Disparities Research" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, October 7-11, 2009.

Dr. Dionne Jones served as a mentor at the NIDA Researchers and Scholars Joint Workgroup Meeting, Bethesda, MD, October 14-15, 2009.

Dr. Harold Perl, CCTN, participated in the Third Annual Drug Facts Chat Day 2009.

Dr. Amy Newman, IRP, was invited to give a lecture at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland, in October 2009.

Dr. Jonathan Katz, IRP, was invited to give a lecture to the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, MD, October, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan Katz was invited to chair a Nanosymposium on Sigma Receptors at the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, October, 2009.

Dr. Elliot Stein, IRP, was a featured speaker at Mapping the Brain of the Violent, Psychopathic, Criminal Defendant, 2009 ASTAR Judges Science School. He spoke to state supreme court and appellate court judges about imaging, lie detection, drug abuse and psychopathy in Chicago, November, 2009.


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