The Contracts Review Branch reviewed twenty-three concepts for the SBIR Contracts program, all of which were approved. A concept for a National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse was also reviewed and approved. The following nine contract reviews were also completed:
Extramural Staff Development
The Office of Extramural Affairs Symposium Series, which provides an opportunity for training and staff interchanges on topics related to extramural administration, brought Dr. Jean Paddock, Associate Director for Program Evaluation, Center for Scientific Review (CSR), to the May meeting. Dr. Paddock was invited in response to NIDA program staff's request to have a symposium session address recent changes in CSR practices. July and August meetings used case studies to address day-to-day challenges in administering scientific activities. Dr. William C. Grace, Deputy Director, OEA, coordinates the series.
Dr. Khursheed Asghar, Chief, Basic Sciences Review Branch, OEA, made a presentation at the International Cannabinoid Research Society meeting in Hunt Valley, MD in June 2000. His topic was "NIDA Training and Career Development Programs for Young Investigators".
Dr. Mark Swieter, SRA in the Basic Sciences Review Branch, OEA, provided a talk entitled, "The NIH Grant Application Review Process," to a meeting of Social Work researchers at Howard University in Washington, DC in May 2000.
At the NIDA/NIMH sponsored meeting, "Assessing the Impact of Childhood Interventions on Subsequent Drug Abuse," which was held in Washington, DC in May 2000 Dr. Swieter presented "Research and Career Development Opportunities Supported by NIDA."
At the CPDD meeting in June 2000, Dr. Teri Levitin, Director, OEA, and Dr. Swieter participated in activities designed to inform the extramural community about peer review and career development. Dr. Levitin organized a symposium on career development in which Dr. Swieter was one of the speakers. Dr. Swieter also participated in a grant writing workshop, which he co-organized with Drs. Timothy Condon and Cindy Miner, OSPC.
Dr. Teri Levitin spoke to the Native American Research and Scholars Work Group Meeting about NIH and NIDA peer review in May 2000.
Mr. Richard Harrison, Chief, Contracts Review Branch, OEA, represented NIDA at Washington, DC events marking the "Journey of the Sacred Hoop," a nationwide walk organized by Native Americans to address substance abuse and violence. A number of tribes as well as governmental, and non-governmental organizations participated. Of particular note was Mr. Harrison's participation in a closing ceremony honoring Elders in the Sobriety Movement.
In conjunction with the NIDA-E Treatment Review Committee, Dr. Kay Nimit, SRA in the Clinical, Epidemiological, and Applied Sciences Review Branch, OEA, organized a presentation, "NIDA's Stage Model of Behavioral Therapies Research: Getting Started and Moving on From Stage I". Bruce J. Rounsaville, M.D., was the featured speaker. This event occurred on June 29, 2000.
Dr. Marina Volkov, SRA in the Clinical, Epidemiological, and Applies Sciences Review Branch, OEA, helped organize a lecture series at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in August 2000. The lecture series, entitled "Vulnerability to Drug Addiction," was done under the auspices of NIDA's Behavioral Sciences Working Group as part of special events organized by Dr. Jaylan Turkkan, Dr. Minda Lynch, and others in the working group.
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