NIDA will be co-sponsoring a workshop on sterile needles and syringes for drug users who continue injecting, on February 15 and 16, 1994 at Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of the workshop is to review issues related to this concept.
NIDA will be co-sponsoring a conference "HIV Infection in Women: Setting a New Agenda", to be held February 21-24 in Washington D.C. This represents the first national scientific meeting of its kind on HIV infection in adult and adolescent women.
On April 3-4, 1995, NIDA will be sponsoring a workshop on "HIV Disease Progression: Opioids and Immune Function." This meeting will bring together basic and clinical scientists and epidemiologists to discuss the lack of concurrence between animal data on immune effects of drugs of abuse, principally opioids, and the lack of accelerated disease progression seen in longitudinal studies of HIV infected drug abusers.
NIDA is sponsoring a satellite conference on "AIDS and Drug Abuse," which will be held at the Princess Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, on June 9-10, 1995, prior to the opening of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting. The purpose of the satellite conference is to bring together investigators from the biomedical and behavioral sciences to review the state of research on AIDS and drug abuse, to discuss future research priorities, and to foster scientific collaborations.
A March 8 meeting of outside consultants is planned to review the safety data and information current known about human experiences with ibogaine to advise the institute on the risks of proceeding with a Phase I study.
On March 6-7, 1994, NIDA's Behavioral Sciences Research Branch will sponsor a workshop entitled "Behavioral Sciences: New Research Directions." Participants in the workshop--fourteen eminent behavioral scientists who represent diverse areas of behavioral and cognitive science research--will be "brainstorming" about new ideas and promising research directions that relate to drug abuse.
NIDA's Prevention Research Branch and Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research will be involved in the activities of the third annual meeting of the newly formed Society of Prevention Research. The Society is a professional association of researchers and scholars engaged in the study and advancement of preventive intervention methods as applied to topics in the fields of substance use, mental health, and social behavior and is multidisciplinary in nature. This year's meeting will be in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 15-17, 1995. The deadline for submission of presentations and posters is April 1, 1995.
The National Prevention Network (NPN) will be holding its Eighth Annual Prevention Research Findings Conference at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, September 10-13, 1995. Objectives for the conference include:
- linking state and regional alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention program funders and program administrators with prevention researchers in dialogue around research-proven effective prevention efforts,
- assisting ATOD prevention program leaders and administrators in identifying those approaches, programs, models and strategies that can be easily adapted to their particular services areas, be they statewide, regional, national or at the local community level,
- focusing the attentions of both prevention researchers and prevention program administrators and funders on the needs of diverse communities in dealing with the issues around alcohol, tobacco and other drug demand reduction efforts,
- sharpening the awareness of both prevention researchers and prevention program administrators and funders about the need to conduct and disseminate the findings of prevention research in such a way as to respond to the needs of prevention programs and their administrators, and
- providing an opportunity for the country's best prevention researchers and prevention program directors to showcase their expertise in preventing ATOD problems.