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



Meetings/Conferences

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) collaborated with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to hold a major research based track titled, Neurobiological Circuits of Addiction: Significance for Psychiatric Practice at the APA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, May 22-26, 2010. NIDA sponsored a number of symposia on topics unique to addiction science. This special track highlighted topics ranging from innovative technological advances, such as the use of optogenetics and epigenetic research to elucidate the basic mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors, to the translation of new knowledge into better prevention and treatments for drug use disorders. Special emphasis was given to sessions touching upon circuits in the brain that are involved in both addiction and other mental illness. In addition, symposia and lectures highlighted areas critical to psychiatric practice, including the unique issues facing military personnel and their families, the important clinical overlap of smoking with psychiatric disorders, development of medications for addiction, the commonalities between obesity and addiction, the potential therapeutic effects and abuse of cognitive enhancers, and novel approaches to stop the spread of HIV. NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow gave a Frontiers of Science Lecture titled, Addiction: Conflict between Brain Circuits.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) organized a program at this year's American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, August 12-15, 2010. A number of NIDA staff throughout the Institute were involved in organizing and/or presenting on a wide range of session topics. NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, participated in a webinar plenary presentation titled, Psychotherapeutic Drug Abuse: It's Not What the Doctor Ordered. NIDA also co-sponsored an Early Career Investigator Poster Session with APA's Divisions 28 and 50 and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as part of the two Divisions' Social Hour.

The first CTN Regional Dissemination Workshop of 2010, titled "Cutting Edge Addiction Treatment Tools from NIDA's Clinical Trials Network," was held June 3-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network co-sponsored this two-day workshop in collaboration with the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the State of Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration; 146 clinicians, program administrators, and local policy makers were registered. In plenary sessions, researchers and clinical experts presented the scientific foundation for three evidence-based practices: Medication Assisted Treatments, Motivational Incentives, and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. During subsequent break-out workshops, the experts provided more concrete examples of these practices, the wisdom of lessons learned, and guidance for practical implementation in community settings.

CPDD: NIDA awarded 29 Director's Travel Awards for the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), June 12-17, 2010, Scottsdale, AZ. These awards are given to National Research Service Award (NRSA) trainees and fellows, and Diversity Supplement recipients to attend the CPDD meeting and the NIDA Tutorials Workshop. The Tutorials Workshop typically enlists several T-32 Training Directors to present on a range of topics in drug abuse and addiction research, designed to broaden the perspective of new researchers in the drug abuse field.

NIDA's Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Program awarded 28 Women & Gender Junior Investigator Travel Awards for the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), June 12-17, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. These $750 awards provide travel support to first author junior investigators who make presentations on the topic of women and/or sex/gender differences. These travel awards have been made annually beginning in 1999, and are designed to promote entry of junior investigators into drug abuse research on women and sex/gender differences. A brochure listing all the awardees since 1999 was made available at CPDD. To further promote research in this field, NIDA published a mini-program book, Focus on Women & Sex/Gender Differences, for the CPDD meeting. Excerpted from the CPPD program book, it contains only those program listings related to women and sex/genderdifferences. The program also contains the CPDD abstracts on women and sex/gender differences, information about the Women & Gender Junior Investigator Travel Awardees presentations, announcement of the travel award program for CPDD 2011, and information on current NIDA funding opportunity announcements in this area. These efforts were led by Drs. Samia Noursi and Cora Lee Wetherington (DBNBR), who were assisted by Dr. Lynda Erinoff (ARP) and Dr. Joe Frascella (DCNBR).

Drs. Mimi Ghim and Ericka Boone, OSPC, coordinated the following activities at CPDD, June 12-17, 2010, in Scottsdale, AZ: [1] NIDA Tutorials Workshop, chaired by Dr. Ghim. Topics included: genetics, treatment of stimulant abuse, medications development, and tips for career building. [2] NIDA/CPDD Training Networking Event, which provided a forum for training directors, trainees, and NIDA staff to learn about the different training programs that NIDA supports and for trainees to find future training/employment opportunities. [3] NIDA Grant Writing Workshop, which provided information on NIDA research priorities, program interests and funding opportunities, review procedures, and grant writing tips. Topics were presented by Drs. Mimi Ghim, David Shurtleff, Mark Swieter, and Scott Lukas.

Dr. Karen Sirocco organized and chaired a meeting on Developmental Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control: Implications for Drug Abuse Interventions which was held May 3 - 4, 2010 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting was sponsored by NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC). The workshop's objectives were to highlight what we know about the neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive control processes and the relationship between these processes and drug abuse. The ultimate goal of this meeting will be to advance a scientific agenda that utilizes developmental cognitive neuroscience to guide the development of novel interventions to improve or ameliorate deficits in cognitive control functions and translate these strategies for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse across the human lifespan.

The Special Populations Office and the NIDA-supported American Indian/Alaska Native Work Researchers and Scholars Work Group held a workshop on Academic Publishing for Trainees participating in its mentoring program. The workshop was held April 21, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM in conjunction with NIDA's blending conference titled "Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings." Workshop faculty included Drs. R. Dale Walker, Oregon Health and Science University; Clyde McCoy, University of Miami; and Joe Gone, University of Michigan.

The Special Populations Office and the NIDA-supported Asian American/Pacific Islander Work Group held the conference Advancing API Drug Abuse/Mental Health Prevention Sciences and Treatment: Transdisciplinary Frameworks on June 2-3, 2010 in Alexandria, VA. This conference was convened to discuss drug abuse and addiction research and treatment issues among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Special Populations Office and the NIDA-supported African American Researchers and Scholars Work Group convened the Addiction Research Training Institute (ARTI), a four-day training for new investigators interested in pursuing careers in drug addiction research and a day-long Mini Medical School for the public, which was centered on public health challenges of women in the correctional system. These sessions took place at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19-23, 2010. Pamela Goodlow and Flair Lindsey of the Special Populations Office presented an overview of NIDA and the NIH, research activities supported through the Special Populations Office and NIDA/NIH funding opportunities.

The Special Populations Office coordinated the 14th annual Summer Research with NIDA Program, which commenced on June 1, 2010. Seventy-five high school and undergraduate students engaged in drug abuse research at various NIDA-supported research institutions for 8-10 weeks. Participants received certificates of completion signed by Dr. Nora Volkow and the site's principal investigator.

On Thursday, July 8, 2010, the Special Population Office (SPO) met with visiting summer interns participating in the Summer Research with NIDA program at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting provided students with information on NIDA and an overview substance abuse/addiction research. Additionally, students learned about research training opportunities at NIDA/NIIH.

On May 17-18, 2010, the Special Populations Office hosted a two-day Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series workshop in Bethesda, Maryland. Chaired by Pamela Goodlow, this workshop convened new investigators and NIDA-supported faculty mentors in an intensive grants-development workshop setting, and culminated in a mock review of research grant applications submitted by seminar participants.

The National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) held its annual Summer Training Institute at the University of Texas in Houston, June 2 -13, 2010.


Dr. Timothy P. Condon, Deputy Director, NIDA, delivered the keynote presentation, "The Neurobiology of Addiction: NIDA Research Advances and Implications for Treatment," at the 2010 Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program on May 3, 2010, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon discussed NIDA's recent scientific advances, CJ-DATS activities, and Blending Initiative with local leaders and TASC representatives on May 6, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Timothy P. Condon was a moderator at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Conference (NADCP) discussing "Medically Assisted Treatment: Clearing the Air," on June 5, 2010, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Cindy Miner, Deputy Director, OSPC, participated as a Judge for the Addiction Sciences Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 10-14, 2010, in San Jose, California.

Dr. Cindy Miner presented "The Promise of Science: Blending Research and Practice" on June 2, 2010, and sponsored and chaired a NIDA/CSAT/NASADAD Joint Meeting with State Directors and State Leadership at the NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting: "Fostering Success in an Evolving Health Care Environment" on June 3, 2010, in Norfolk. Virginia.

Dr. Cindy Miner participated in a Grantwriting Workshop at the 71st Annual College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Conference on June 15, 2010, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Cindy Miner delivered the Opening Plenary and presented on National Drug Facts Week to the National Youth Leadership at CADCA's 9th Annual Mid Year Training Institute on July 26-29, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Cathrine Sasek, OSPC, presented "Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs" at NIDA's Digital Media & Communication Technologies in Adolescent Drug Abuse Treatment conference on April 26, 2010.

Dr. Cathrine Sasek presented NIDA's grant funding opportunities at the "Peek into NIH - NIDA Special Programs and Resources" as part of the 12th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference on June 3, 2010.

On July 14, 2010, Dr. Ruben Baler, Science Policy Branch, OSPC, introduced, discussed, and answered questions about the movie "Candy" in the context of the "Science in the Cinema" Program, a month-long, free event sponsored by the NIH Office of the Director, and designed to promote public understanding of science, health, and medicine.

Dr. Lula Beatty, Director, Special Populations Office (SPO), participated in a workshop on academic publishing sponsored by NIDA's American Indian/Alaska Native Researchers and Scholars Work Group. The workshop was held on April 21, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM in conjunction with NIDA's Blending Conference ("Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings").

Dr. Lula Beatty served on the Fellows Committee and the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association.

Dr. Lula Beatty served on the planning committee and as faculty of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), American Psychological Association. Twenty-five mid-career faculty in academic and academic medicine universities from across the country participated in the institute, which included sessions on leadership, mentoring, negotiation, and goal setting. The LIWP was held August 10 -11, 2010 in San Diego CA.

Dr. Lula Beatty participated in a SAMHSA sponsored meeting titled "Integrating Evidence and Practice to Reduce Disparities: Developing an Inclusive Framework for Mental Health Interventions" on May 11-12, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Lula Beatty participated in the panel on NIH Research Opportunities for AAPI Behavioral and Social Scientists at the Asian American/Pacific Islander Researchers and Scholars Work Group 2010 conference "Advancing API Drug Abuse/Mental Health Prevention Sciences and Treatment: Transdisciplinary Frameworks" on June 2 -3, 2010 in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Lula Beatty participated in the programs of the underrepresented populations committee and presented a talk on NIDA/NIH Resources to Increase Diversity in Drug Abuse Research in a workshop at CPDD, June 13, 2010 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Lula Beatty served on the planning committee and participated in the 5th annual African American Healthy Marriage Initiative Research to Practice Conference titled "Preparing Resilient Families for the New Decade" sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families on June 22-24, 2010 in Hampton, VA.

Dr. Lula Beatty presented a talk titled "The National Institute on Drug Abuse: Overview of Programs and Opportunities" at the NIH orientation program for Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) participants on July 19, 2010 in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Lula Beatty participated in the following activities at the American Psychological Association's annual convention held August 12 - 15, 2010 in San Diego, CA: Chaired symposium on Working with Special Population Youths and Substance Use Disorders: Discussant on symposium, Innovations in Research on Drug Use and Sexual Orientation: Chaired symposium, Beyond Me - Reducing Disparities in Drug Abuse Through Structural Interventions; Pursuing Research, Suite program for the Section on the Psychology of Black Women, Society for the Psychology of Women.

Ana Anders, M.S.W., SPO, participated in the Asian American/Pacific Islander Researchers and Scholars Work Group 2010 conference "Advancing API Drug Abuse/Mental Health Prevention Sciences and Treatment: Transdisciplinary Frameworks" on June 2 -3, 2010 in Alexandria, VA.

Flair Lindsey, SPO, participated in the National Training Conference of Blacks in Government on August 16-20, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference was centered on training opportunities to enhance the performance of federal government employees.

Dr. Jerry McLaughlin, OEA, served as a reviewer for new and ongoing grants and contracts for the Army Research Institute's biology research program, July 29-30, 2010.

Dr. Jerry McLaughlin Served as a reviewer for proposals for the NIST TIP Competition in Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing, August 21-22, 2010.

Dr. Minna Liang, OEA, was selected to serve on the trans-NIH EPMC/AMC R & D Contract Policy and Procedure Committee. This R&D Contract working group aims to develop guidance for the receipt of electronic proposals, identifying data fields captured in electronic proposals, and the development of end to end IT solutions for contract reports.

Dr. Eliane Lazar-Wesley, OEA, was appointed as the NIDA representative to the Human Subject Protection Liaison Committee, starting June 2010.

Dr. Mark Swieter, OEA, presented information at the Grant Writing Workshop at the CPDD meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 2010.

Dr. Mark Swieter participated in presentations at the "What's New at NIDA and NIH" workshop at the CPDD meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 2010.

Dr. Mark Swieter participated in the "Career Development Workshop" at the CPDD meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 2010.

Dr. Meena Hiremath, OEA, chaired a panel entitled "The NEW NIH-Everything You Need to Know to Write Competitive Grants in 2010 and Beyond" for the 2010 NIDA Asian American & Pacific Islander Workgroup Conference on June 2-3, 2010 in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Meena Hiremath gave a talk entitled "Current Peer Review System—Overview of Enhancement" on June 3, 2010 at the 2010 NIDA Asian American & Pacific Islander Workgroup Conference in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Teri Levitin, Director, OEA, is serving on the newly formed working group of the Extramural Program Management Committee (EPMC) that will examine current NIH policy concerning appeals of the initial peer review process.

Dr. Levitin attended the Society for Prevention Research in May in Denver where she met with a number of new investigators to explain the review process and changes to peer review.

Dr. Levitin co-organized and co-taught a grant writing workshop "Unlock the Mysteries of NIH Research Funding: Improve Your Grant Application and Improve Your Chance of Success", a four hour workshop at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in August 2010 in San Diego CA.

Dr. Meena Hiremath participated as the SRO in a mock review at the 2010 NIDA Asian American & Pacific Islander Workgroup Conference in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Kristen Huntley, OEA, co-organized and co-taught a grant writing workshop "Unlock the Mysteries of NIH Research Funding: Improve Your Grant Application and Improve Your Chance of Success" at the American Psychological Association 118th Annual Meeting, August 12-15, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Kristen Huntley organized and chaired a symposium titled "Cutting Edge Science for Clinicians: Where is Addiction Treatment Going?" at the American Psychological Association 118th Annual Meeting, August 12-15, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Meena Hiremath participated in a panel about science career paths at the Colorado State University Research Experience for Undergraduates on August 4, 2010 at Ft. Collins, CO.

Dr. Jerry McLaughlin co-organized and introduced the "Career Development: A Perspective from Junior and Senior Researchers" workshop at the annual CPDD meeting, June 13, 2010, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Jerry McLaughlin participated in the Annual Paul F. Glenn Symposium on Aging meeting, June 21, 2010 at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and the Annual Ellison Foundation Colloquium on the Biology of Aging, August 11-13, Woods Hole MA.

Dr. Jerry McLaughlin served as President of the Scientific Program and Review Interest Group (SPRIG), the first extramural Interest Group at NIH which examines science administration issues, revised infrastructure, and he co-organized expert panel presentations.

Dr. Mark Green, OEA, was the Chair of the "What's New at NIDA and NIH" workshop at the CPDD meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 2010.

Dr. Jose Ruiz, OEA, co-organized the Career Development Workshop that took place June 13, 2010 at the annual CPDD meeting, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Scott Chen, OEA, participated as the SRO for a "Mock Review", that was part of the NIDA Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series May 17, 2010, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Scott Chen is a NIDA coordinator for the workshop: "What Makes a Cigarette a Cigarette", in partnership with the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and NCI.

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials took place May 16-19, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland. Carmen Rosa organized a workshop titled "Considerations in the Design of Clinical Trials for Comparative Effectiveness Research".

Quandra Scudder, CCTN, and other NIDA staff (Drs. Augusto Diana, Kristopher Bough, Elena Koustova, Cathrine Sasek, Kristin Huntley, Jonathan Pollock, Brian O'Laughlin), participated in the 12th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference, June 2-3, 2010, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) held its 72nd annual meeting June 12-17, 2010, in Scottsdale, Arizona. CTN members and CCTN staff presented a total of twenty posters, one symposium, and two oral presentations. The following are presentations from staff: Drs. Udi Ghitza, Steven Sparenborg, David Liu, and Betty Tai presented a poster titled "NIDA's Clinical Trials Network Can Facilitate Comparative Effectiveness Research on Addiction Treatments."; Drs. Lian Hu, Michelle Leff, Betty Tai, Steven Sparenborg, and other CTN members presented a poster titled, "The safety of prazosin in drug-abusing populations."; Drs. Steven Sparenborg, Lian Hu, and Betty Tai presented a poster titled, "Agonist replacement therapy for marijuana dependence."; Dr. Petra Jacobs co-chaired a mini-symposium titled, "The Multi-Site NIDA Clinical Trials Network Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study: Outcomes and Implications."; Dr. Raul Mandler participated in the oral communications session titled, "HIV/AIDS Infection and Drug Abuse Intersection." The presentation was titled, "Never HIV tested: Results of screening data from 12 drug treatment programs in the CTN 0032 HIV Rapid Testing and Counseling Study."

Carmen Rosa, CCTN, participated in the 22nd Annual Native Health Research Conference on Promoting Participatory Research among Native Communities. The conference was held July 27-30, 2010 in Rapid City, South Dakota. She gave a presentation in the Community Based Participatory Research Workshop session titled, "Substance Use/Non-use in Native Communities: A Tribal Participatory Research Initiative."

The 2010 CALDAR Summer Institute on Longitudinal Research & CTN Dissemination Conference titled "Longitudinal Perspectives on Recovery from Drug Dependence" was held August 9-11 in Marina del Ray, CA. Dr. Betty Tai gave a presentation titled, "Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice" on day one of the conference. This three-day conference was a joint effort of the Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research at UCLA and the CTN Pacific Node.

CCTN staff participated in the following events at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association held August 12-15, 2010 in San Diego, California: On August 11, Dr. Harold Perl taught a half-day pre-convention workshop (with Drs. Teri Levitin and Kristen Huntley of OSA) titled, "Unlock the Mysteries of NIH Funding: Improve Your Application and Improve Your Chances at Success; On August 12, Dr. Perl presented a talk at the convention titled, "Putting Science-Based Treatments to Use in Real-World Practice," as part of a symposium session titled, "Cutting Edge Science for Clinicians—Where is Addiction Treatment Going?"

On June 24, 2010, Dr. Kenzie Preston, gave a presentation entitled, "Real-Time Self-Report of Drug Use and Craving." Dr. Preston is an independent investigator overseeing research in the 60-patient-outpatient substance abuse treatment research program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program (NIDA IRP). She presented studies in which Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) is used to study craving, drug use and relapse in heroin/cocaine users in outpatient treatment. She also presented work on adding real-time location data collection to EMA to investigate environmental influences on drug use.

Dr. Laurence Stanford and Dr. Joseph Frascella, DCNBR, presented a workshop entitled "NIH Grant-writing Process: Tips. Tricks and Strategies at the Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse in Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010.

Dr. Laurence Stanford served as the chair of a mock study section meeting as a part of the NIDA Research Development Seminar Series in Bethesda, Maryland on May 17, 2010.

Dr. Joseph Frascella gave a presentation entitled "Disorders of Desire: "Dirty Deeds" of a Highly Evolved Brain" within a symposium Craving, Compulsion and Consumption: Evolved Neurobiology in Disorders of Desire held at the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 20, 2010.

Dr. Joseph Frascella and Dr. Nora Volkow co-chaired a symposium entitled Neurobiology of Obesity: Why We Can Get Too Motivated to Eat at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 22, 2010.

Dr. James Bjork, DCNBR, with the sponsorship of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) of the U.S. Army, presented a research synopsis on the acute and chronic effects of drugs of abuse on brain white matter architecture at a workshop on Diffusion MRI for Mild TBI in Chicago, IL, May 2010.

Drs. James Bjork and Susan Volman, DBNBR, co-chaired a symposium entitled Reward Neurocircuitry in Substance Dependence and other Psychiatric Disorders: What Does Brain Research Tell Us? at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, May 25th, 2010 in New Orleans.

Drs. Steven Grant, DCNBR, and Roger Sorenson, DBNBR, co-chaired a symposium entitled How Dysfunction of Learning and Memory Circuits Contribute to Substance Abuse and Other Psychiatric Disorders at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, May 26th, 2010 in New Orleans.

Drs. Mary Kautz, Woody Lin, DCNBR and Minda Lynch, DBNBR, organized a symposium entitled Executive Function as a Brain System for Self-Control: The Neurocircuitry of Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction which was held at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 22, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Yu (Woody) Lin, DCNBR, participated in a symposium entitled Moving Towards Personalized Pain Management sponsored by the NIH Pain Consortium Symposium held at NIH on May 5, 2010. The symposium highlighted several areas of interest: 1) Developing Tools for Individualized Pain Management; 2) Emerging Therapies for Individualized Pain Management; and 3) Translating Research into Tailored Clinical Practice.

Dr. Yu (Woody) Lin co-organized, together with the VA Program on Pain and Analgesia, NIA and NIDCR, a NIH-VA joint workshop to identify potential areas of common research interest between VA and NIH. The workshop was held in Baltimore during the American Pain Society annual conference on May 7, 2010. It explored the possibility of interactive collaborations between the VA intramural program and the NIH extramural programs in pain research and management.

Dr. Yu (Woody) Lin of DCNBR moderated the CCTN-DCNBR/NIDA joint seminar entitled Acupuncture: Analgesic or Placebo? -- The Science Behind the Answer that was held at NIDA on May 12, 2010. Several recent fMRI studies were presented that revealed different brain regions activated by real and shame acupuncture, indicating different mechanisms mediated in those two interventions.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce and Dr. Joseph Frascella, DCNBR, co-chaired a symposium entitled, "Adolescent Potential: Exploring the Developing Brain and Understanding Pathways of Addiction" at the 2010 annual American Psychiatric Association convention on May 25, 2010. Drs. Jay Giedd (NIMH), Linda Spear, Susan Tapert and Beatriz Luna served as presenters for this session that was part of NIDA's special programming.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce served as a participant in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Meta Network for PhD Diversity meeting on May 26-28, 2010 in Princeton, NJ. The Meta Network was designed to create formal connectivity among programs that support minority students at various stages of the pipeline from high school to faculty development programs.

Dr. Nicolette Borek, DCNBR, was a member of the national organizing committee and participated in the meeting Substance Exposed Newborns: Collaborative Approaches to Complex Issues held June 23-24, 2010 in Alexandria, VA. The meeting was hosted by the National Abandoned Infants Association Resource Center and co-sponsored by NIDA, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, SAMHSA.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce participated in a funding opportunities panel discussion at the 16th Annual National Black Graduate Psychology Conference sponsored by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) on July 10, 2010. The conference provided a forum for research presentations, professional development experiences, and networking toward the goal of building successful research careers among underrepresented scholars.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce participated in a discussion panel on the infrastructure of family research at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Science of Family Research Workshop co-sponsored by NIDA CAWG, NICHD, OBSSR, and ACF and on July 13-14, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Cheryl Anne Boyce presented as part of the faculty for the 8th Annual Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute (MFP PSI) in Washington, DC on July 19, 2010. This summer institute includes mentoring, educational and professional development experiences to pre-doctoral and early career researchers, thereby advancing them toward the development of a grant proposal.

On May 13, 2010, Dr. Lisa Onken, DCNBR, participated in a meeting to provide feedback and recommendations on two new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) publications that the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is currently developing: 1) "Building Health and Wellness in Substance Abuse Recovery" and 2) "Managing Anxiety Symptoms and Stress in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery".

Dr. Cecelia Spitznas, DCNBR, participated in organizing a meeting with Drs. William Riley of NHLBI, Wendy Neilsen of OBSSR and Audie Atienza from the NIH OD entitled "Reducing Barriers to Mobile Technology Usage in Behavioral and Social Sciences Research" which was held on June 7 & 8, 2010 in Bethesda MD. A major purpose was to identify and address barriers experienced by m-Health researchers including issues related to human subjects protection, data safety, regulatory rules, and to attempt to raise awareness regarding practical concerns related to hardware, software and mobile plans with stakeholders in research, industry and the government.

Dr. Cecelia Spitznas gave three presentations at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Portland Oregon on June 24th & 25th, 2010. The purpose of this meeting was to educate potential applicants and grants management staff at Northwestern Institutions interested in applying for funding from NIH about how to successfully negotiate the NIH funding process and update them on the latest happenings at NIH related to extramural grants.

Dr. Will M. Aklin, DCNBR, and Dr. Richard Denisco, DESPR, co-chaired a symposium in May 2010 at the 163rd American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting entitled, "Treating Chronic Pain and Co-occurring Addiction in Substance Abuse Patients." A major purpose was to examine the advantages and disadvantages of buprenorphine and methadone used to treat acute pain and addiction concurrently. In addition to these pharmacological approaches, the meeting delineated the common features of integrated treatments for both chronic pain and opioid addiction.

Dr. Will M. Aklin co-chaired a meeting at the 118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention entitled, "Cognitive Remediation as a Mechanism to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment." The goal of the meeting was to provide an overview of the current evidence-based cognitive remediation strategies that improve drug abuse treatment outcomes, explore the relationships between executive function as it pertains to drug abuse, and describe novel approaches to improve executive functioning in drug dependent individuals.

Dr. James Bjork, DCNBR, participated in and gave a talk entitled "Decisions Decisions: Neuroeconomics Research and NIDA" at an NICHD workshop for grantees of the SEED (Science and Ecology of Early Development) program. This workshop was devoted to exploring potential developmental research with behavioral economics, and was held on the main NIH campus, August 9-10, 2010.

At the 118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Dr. Lisa Onken was a Discussant for a symposium entitled, "Cutting Edge Science for Clinicians - Where is Addiction Treatment Going?" chaired by Dr. Kristen Huntley. Presenters included Brenda Wiederhold, Ph.D. ("Virtual is the New Reality"), Michele Ybarra, Ph.D. ("Cell Phone Text Messaging: Connecting Clients with Treatment Support Services"), Kathleen Carroll, Ph.D. ("Using Computer/Video Treatment Protocols to Enhance and Extend Care"), and Harold Perl, Ph.D. ("Putting Science-Based Treatments to Use in Real-World Practice").

Dr. Lisa Onken, in collaboration with Dr. Patty Mabry from OBSSR, organized and chaired a Roadmap symposium for NIH staff entitled, "Behavioral intervention optimization: Capitalizing on engineering, computer science, and technology." Speakers at the meeting included Linda Collins, Ph.D. ("The multiphase optimization strategy for engineering optimized behavioral interventions"), Susan Murphy, Ph.D. ("Computer science, adaptive treatment, and sequential multiple assignment randomized trials."), Daniel Rivera, Ph.D. ("Applying ideas from control systems engineering to behavioral interventions") and Edward Boyer, Ph.D., M.D. ("Adaptive behavioral interventions using computer science, technology, and real-time feedback").

Dr. Roger Sorensen, DBNBR, represented NIDA and the NIH at the 2010 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration held on June 24 - 25, 2010 in Portland, OR, co-hosted by the Oregon Health Sciences University. The Regional Seminar program provides institution administrators and scientific investigators with an inside look at processes and policies at the NIH. He gave four presentations; "Grant Writing for Success", and "Early Stage Investigators", "After the Award is Made, Then What ...", and "Primetime With Program: RPGs", as well as providing insight into the NIH grants process.

Dr. David Thomas, DBNBR, delivered a presentation entitled: "Virtual Reality and Pain Treatment" at the Joint Task Force Substance Misuse Conference held at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, May 19, 2010.

Dr. David Thomas delivered a talk entitled: "Virtual Reality and Pain Control" on May 6, 2010 at the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society.

Dr. David Thomas delivered a presentation entitled, "Paths to Translation" at the NIDA Asian American and Pacific Islander Workgroup Conference on June 2, 2010 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Drs. Cora Lee Wetherington and Samia Noursi, DBNBR, were invited by the Office of Research on Women's Health at NIH (ORWH) to participate in a meeting of external experts, including ORWH current and former Advisory Committee members, to review and discuss the draft goals and objectives that were collected from the five ORWH regional meetings held by across the US during the previous 14 months. The goal of the meeting, held on April 14, 2010, was to develop the core of the strategic research directions for women's health research at the NIH for the coming decade.

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington gave an invited presentation, "Observations from the IOM Workshop, Sex Differences and Implications for Translational Neuroscience Research," at the annual meeting the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, Ann Arbor, MI, June 3-5, 2010.

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington co-organized and co-chaired (with Helen Scharfman, Nathan Kline Institute and New York University) the symposium, "Sex Differences in Neuroplasticity and Mental Health," at the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, Ann Arbor, MI, June 3-5, 2010. The speakers were Dolores Malaspina (New York University), Neil J. MacLusk (University ofGuelph), Helen Scharfman (Nathan Kline Institute and New York University), and Cynthia Kuhn (Duke University).

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington co-chaired (with Colleen Hanlon, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, organizer) the symposium, "Gender Differences in Response to Social Stress: Parallels from Cocaine and Alcohol Research in Human and Non-Human Primates," at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Scottsdale, AZ, June 12-17, 2010. The speakers were Paul Czoty (Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Kathleen Grant (Oregon Health Sciences University), Colleen Hanlon (Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Helen Fox (Yale University School of Medicine), and Mary Jeanne Kreek (Rockefeller University).

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington co-organized and co-chaired (with Shelly F. Greenfield, Harvard Medical School) the symposium, "Sex and Gender Considerations in Laboratory and Treatment Outcome Studies in Addiction," at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, August 12-15, 2010. The speakers were Kathleen T. Brady (Medical University of South Carolina), Rajita Sinha (Yale University School of Medicine), Shelly F. Greenfield (Harvard Medical School), Denise A. Hien (Columbia University), and Theresa Winhusen, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine).

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington organized and co-chaired (with Sudie Back, Medical University of South Carolina) the symposium, "Social Stress and Drug Addiction - Sex and Gender Matter, at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, August 12-15, 2010. The speakers were Michael Nader (Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Sari Izenwasser (University of Miami), Colleen Hanlon (Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Sudie Back Medical University of South Carolina), and Rajita Sinha (Yale University School of Medicine).

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington co-chaired (with Dionne Jones, NIDA, organizer) the symposium, "Valuing Gender Sensitive Health Care and Treatment Services for Abused Women," at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA, August 12-15, 2010. The speakers were Christine Grella (UCLA), Nena Messina (UCLA), Lisa Najavits (Harvard Medical School), and Stephanie Covington (Institute for Relational Development).

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington co-organized and co-chaired (with Shelly F. Greenfield, Harvard Medical School) the symposium, "Sex/Gender Differences and Women-Specific Issues in Drug Abuse: Predicting and Improving Treatment Outcomes," at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, New Orleans, LA, May 22-27, 2010. The speakers were Kathleen T. Brady (Medical University of South Carolina), Rajita Sinha (Yale University School of Medicine), Shelly F. Greenfield (Harvard Medical School), Denise A. Hien (Columbia University), and Theresa Winhusen, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine).

Drs. Mary Kautz, Woody Lin, DCNBR, and Minda Lynch, DBNBR, organized a symposium entitled "Executive Function as a Brain System for Self-Control: The Neurocircuitry of Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction" held at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 22, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

Drs. James Bjork, DCNBR, and Susan Volman, DBNBR, organized a symposium entitled "Reward Neurocircuitry in Substance Dependence and Other Psychiatric Disorders: What Does Brain Research Tell Us?" This symposium was held at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 25, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. James Bjork, DCNBR, gave a talk entitled "Alcohol and the Brain" to advanced science students at Wootten High School (Bethesda, MD) for the NIH LifeWorks Speakers Bureau, on May 19, 2010.

Dr. Mary Kautz, DCNBR, gave a presentation entitled Nicotine Abuse in the Joint Task Force National Capital Region, Medical (JTF CAPMED) CE activity Substance Misuse Symposium on May 18-19, 2010 at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Minda Lynch, DBNBR, with Dr. David Shurtleff, DBNBR, as Co-chair, organized a half-day NIDA-sponsored satellite symposium at CPDD in June, Scottsdale, AZ. This session, on "Genetics Approaches in Drug Abuse and Addiction Research", included presentations to highlight recent findings from mouse mutagenesis, human pharmacogenetics, QTL studies and techniques to study micro-RNAs in paradigms relevant for understanding addiction. Seventy-five CPDD attendees participated in the satellite, representing drug abuse researchers from clinical and basic science arenas.

Dr. Samia Noursi, DBNBR, Deputy Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research organized and chaired a seminar entitled "Women-Focused HIV Prevention for Women Who Use Drugs: Domestic and Global Perspectives" April 20th, 2010 in Bethesda, MD. Speakers were Drs. Claire Sterk (Emory University), Nabila El-Bassel (Columbia University), and Wendee Wechsberg (RTI International).

Dr. Samia Noursi participated in the Executive Committee meeting of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV), September 10, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Samia Noursi participated in the annual Think Tank Meeting of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV), September 11, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Samia Noursi chaired a keynote entitle "Providing Gender-Specific Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment" at the 15th International Conference on Violence Abuse & Trauma, September 12-15, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Samia Noursi and Dr. Dionne Jones, DESPR, chaired an invited panel entitled "Adolescent Substance Abuse & Its Consequences" at the 15th International Conference on Violence Abuse & Trauma, September 12-15, 2010, San Diego, CA. Dr. Wendee Wechsberg (RTI International) will present on "The Allure of Gangs, Violence and Victimization Experienced by Drug-using Teens in Cape Town, South Africa" and Dr. Jamila Stockman (University of California Los Angeles) will present on "Continuums of Sexual Coercion among Adolescents: Pathways to Substance Abuse".

Drs. Samia Noursi and Cora Lee Wetherington presented a poster at NIDA's International Forum at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), June 12-17, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The poster described NIDA's Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research Program: program history, goals, and research interests.

Drs. Joni Rutter, DBNBR and Linda Porrino, Wake Forest University, co-organized and co-chaired a session on "Translating the Genetics and Neurochemistry of Nicotine Dependence To Drug Development "at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), June 13, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. David Shurtleff, Director, DBNBR, gave an invited presentation at the Louisiana State University Medical School, Department of Physiology, New Orleans, LA on "What You Need to Know About NIH Early Career Funding Opportunities and Beyond," May 2010.

Drs. Rao Rapaka, David Shurtleff, Paul Schnur, Minda Lynch, DBNBR and Joseph Frascella, DCNBR, co-chaired a NIDA sponsored workshop on "Nutrition and Addiction" that was co-oranginized with Dr. Daniele Piomelli, UIC, June 2010 in Rockville, MD.

Dr. David Shurtleff gave a presentation entitled: "Research Funding Opportunities: the Role of NIDA Program" at the Annual Meeting of the College on Drug Dependence. Scottsdale, AZ in June 2010.

Drs. John Satterlee and David Shurtleff, DBNBR, co-organized and co-chaired a session on "Epigenetic Factors in Brain and Behavior Function and Dysfunction" at the American Psychological Association (APA) in San Diego CA, August, 2010.

Dr. David Shurtleff co-organized and co-chaired a session on "The Role of the Hypocretin/Orexin System in Addiction: Current Status and Rationale as a Drug Discovery Target" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), June, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. John Satterlee gave a presentation "The International Human Epigenome Consortium" at the Steering Committee for the NIH Roadmap Reference Epigenome Centers, in La Jolla, CA, May 21, 2010.

Dr. John Satterlee presented "The Roadmap Epigenomics Program" at a National Institute of Aging sponsored meeting entitled: "An Integrated Epigenetic-Genetic Approach to Alzheimer's Disease" in Bethesda, MD, June 7-8, 2010.

Dr. John Satterlee chaired a session "New Pathways to Future Addiction Therapy" at CPDD, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 15, 2010.

Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock, DBNBR, attended the 4th International Conference on Genomics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, April 13-16, 2010.

Dr. Elena Koustova and Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock, DBNBR, attended the 12th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, Raleigh, NC, June 2-3, 2010.

Dr. Elena Koustova, briefed, the Tobacco Control Staff at NCI on NIDA's proposed Public Private Partnership for the development of new medications for smoking cessation "Medications Initiative for Tobacco Dependence," May 3, 2010.

Dr. Elena Koustova briefed the Acting Director of NHLBI, Dr. Susan Surin on NIDA's proposed Public Private Partnership for the development of new medications for smoking cessation, entitled, "Medications Initiative for Tobacco Dependence," June 4, 2010.

Dr. Elena Koustova and Dr. Jonathan D. Pollock briefed Dr. Kathy Hudson, the NIH Chief of Staff on NIDA's proposed Public Private Partnership for the development of new medications for smoking cessation, entitled, "Medications Initiative for Tobacco Dependence," Bethesda, MD. May 12, 2010 and June 24, 2010.

Dr. Steve Oversby, DPMCDA, organized and chaired a symposium titled: Bridging Gaps in Current Medication Treatment Research for Pregnant Women and In Utero Substance Exposed Neonates: Ethics, Advances and Future Directions that was held on June 23, 2010 as a part of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) annual conference entitled Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative Approaches to a Complex Issue held in Alexandria Virginia. The symposium featured presentations by Drs. Hendree Jones and Lauren Jansson.

Dr. Kristopher Bough, DPMCDA, in conjunction with Dr. Cathrine Sasek, Mark Fleming, Ananth Charya, and Aaron Martinek (all from the NIDA/OD) helped put together a new Small Business webpage for NIDA. (http://www.nida.nih.gov/funding/smallbusiness/)

Dr. Jag Khalsa participated in the Annual Meeting of ACTHIV in Denver, Colorado, May 2010.

Dr. Ivan Montoya, DPMCDA, co-chaired with Dr. Hendree Jones a workshop during CPDD in Scottsdale AZ to provide the neonatal and maternal outcomes of the NIDA-funded Maternal Opioid Treatment: Human Experimental Research (MOTHER) project. MOTHER is an international, eight-site, double-blind, double-dummy, flexible-dosing, parallel-group randomized clinical trial that examined the comparative safety and efficacy of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence among pregnant women and their neonates. Dr. Hendrée Jones presented the main study findings of primary neonatal outcomes [e.g., incidence and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and physical birth parameters] and key maternal outcomes (e.g., maternal treatment retention, average doses received, obstetrical and delivery outcomes). Dr. Susan Stine presented results that indicate how the MOTHER sample is representative of the larger pool of opioid-dependent pregnant women. Dr. Gabriele Fischer presented comparisons between the treatment and patient characteristics of US and European women screened for the study. Dr. Peter Martin presented results of the prevalence and management of co-occurring psychiatric disorders and medication interactions in pregnant opioid dependent women. Dr. Karol Kaltenbach was the discussant and placed these seminal results in historical context, detailed their clinical relevance, and outlined their implications for affirming and changing clinical practice.

Dr. Ivan Montoya presented a poster describing the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse at the NIDA International Satellite Conference before CPDD in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Ivan Montoya served as mentor at the Latino Mental Health Conference in New Brunswick, NJ in June 2010.

Dr. Ivan Montoya participated in the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans. He co-chaired with Wilson Compton of DESPR a symposium titled "Integrated treatment of substance use and psychiatric disorders," and co-chaired with Dr. Herb Kleber of Columbia University a workshop titled "Opiate dependence maintenance treatment: terminable or interminable".

Dr. David McCann, DPMCDA, and Dr. Nora Volkow chaired a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The title of the symposium was "Update on Medications Development: Promising New Treatments for Drug Addiction." It included presentations by Dr. Charles O'Brien (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Kathleen Brady (Medical University of South Carolina), Dr. David McCann (NIDA), Dr. Frances Levin (Columbia University) and Dr. Raafat Fahim (Nabi). The discussant was Dr. Herbert Kleber. The meeting was held in New Orleans, LA during May, 2010.

Dr. David McCann chaired a mini-symposium at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. The symposium was entitled "Medications Development for the Treatment of Substance Dependence: Status of Advanced Projects." Dr. Charles Gorodetzky (Catalyst) presented on the development of vigabatrin for stimulant dependence, Dr. Frances Levin (Columbia U) presented on dronabinol for cannabis dependence, and Dr. David McCann (NIDA) presented on bupropion for methamphetamine dependence.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton, Director, DESPR, continues to participate in the DSM-V Task Force and DSM-V Substance Use Disorders Workgroup meetings on a continuing basis.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on "Research on Addiction Recovery" at the CALDAR Summer Institute, Los Angeles, California, August 9, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented in a federal panel on "Methadone Mortality—A Reassessment", Washington, District of Columbia, July 30, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on "Mainstreaming Addictions in Medicine" in a plenary at the 2010 SAAS National Conference and NIATx Summit, Cincinatti, Ohio July 13, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton participated in the NIAAA APISII: Expert Panel Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland, July 6, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton served as discussant for a panel on "Novel Methods To Assess Societal-Level Causes Across Time and Place" at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, Texas, June 26, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented at the SAMHSA-sponsored satellite session and Chaired a workshop on DSM-5 and presented on "The Terminology of DSM-5 Substance Disorders" at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 15, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented at the meeting of the Community Epidemiology Work Group, Boston, Massachusetts, June 9, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton chaired a panel on "Community Randomized Prevention Trials" at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Denver, Colorado, June 2, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton participated in several panels and sessions including presentations on "Progress in Addiction Research" and on "The Terminology of DSM-5 Substance Disorders" at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 22-25, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on "Linking Public Health Drug Abuse Research to Neuroscience" at Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, May 19, 2010 and at Grand Rounds, Department of Epidemioogy and Public Health, Miller School of Public Health, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, May 6, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on "Drug Abuse Epidemiology" at the Mentor Foundation, Forum on International Drug Prevention, House of Sweden, Washington, District of Columbia, May 18, 2010.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton presented on "Linking Public Health Drug Abuse Research to Neuroscience" at Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, May 19, 2010.

Dr. Kevin Conway, Deputy Director, DESPR, presented "Prescription Opiate Abuse: Update from the Community Epidemiology Work Group & Monitoring the Future Studies" at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Joint Meeting of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee & Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, at the University of Maryland, on July 22, 2010.

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, DESPR, was the Invited plenary speaker at the PROSPER Regional meeting in State College, PA on May 11, 2010. The title of her presentation was 'The History of the PROSPER Project from the NIDA Perspective.'

Dr. Redonna Chandler, DESPR, co-chaired a symposium entitled Addressing the intersection of addiction and HIV in criminal justice involved populations at the annual meeting of the College on the Problems of Drug Dependence held in Scottsdale, AZ in June 2010.

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson spoke at the Mentor International Foundation forum on international drug prevention. The title of the forum was International Drug Abuse Prevention: Opportunities and Challenges, the title of her presentation was "The Way Forward." The Meeting took place at the House of Sweden in Georgetown on May 18, 2010.

Drs. Elizabeth Robertson and Eve Reider, DESPR, co-chaired a Research Roundtable titled "Type 2 Translation Research: A Move Toward Clarity," at the June 1-4, 2010, annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO. The Discussants were Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Melinda Pankratz, Dr. Jeanne Poduska, Dr. Louanne Rohrbach, and Dr. Belinda Sims, DESPR.

Dr. Eve Reider, PRB, DESPR, was an invited discussant for a panel "Building Resilience and Violence Prevention in Children Traumatized by War, Trauma and Displacement." This panel was part of the meeting "Children & Armed Conflict: Risk, Resilience & Mental Health" that was held on December 7, 2009 at National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Eve Reider represented NIDA at a University of Southern California Military Family Workshop held May 4, 2010 in Washington D.C. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss emerging critical issues in military family research, and to begin to build partnerships between USC faculty - who are interested in pursuing military family research - and experienced military family researchers from other universities. Attendees included USC faculty members, faculty from other universities, and representatives from federal agencies that fund military family research or that develop programs for military families.

Dr. Eve Reider continues to represent NIDA on the Research Subcommittee of the DoD/VA Deployment Health Working Group.

Dr. Eve Reider continues to represent NIDA on the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Inter-agency Workgroup for Military, Veterans and their Families.

Dr. Eve Reider was a member of the program planning committee for the 18th Annual Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting that was held June 2-4, 2010 in Denver, CO.

Dr. Aleta Meyer participated in a meeting titled "Developing and Implementing Community Prevention Systems in Indian Country: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions" in Seattle, WA, May 5-6, 2010 at the University of Washington.

Drs. Aleta Meyer and Jacqueline Lloyd, DESPR, served as Co-Chairs for a scientific dialogue titled "Facilitating Research to Understand the Impact of Widely Implemented but Untested Prevention Programs: Case Examples from Screening and Brief Interventions (SBIs) and Positive Youth Development" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. Roundtable participants included Dr. Evelyn Yang of CADCA, Ms. Anne Jordon from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Brian Barhaugh from Project VOYCE in Denver, Dr. Emilie Smith from the Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Barbara Gerbert from the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Aleta Meyer served as Co-Chair along with Dr. Marcia Scott, NIAAA, for a paper symposium titled "The Intersection between Substance Use Prevention and Work Settings: Research to Inform Work-focused Prevention for Adolescents and Emerging Adults" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. The symposium discussant was Dr. Joel Bennett from Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems. The presenters were Dr. Michael Pergamit from the Urban Institute, Dr. Robert Kaestner from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Dr. Samuel Bacharach from the Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies, Cornell University.

Dr. Aleta Meyer presented a paper titled "Overview of NIDA's Interest in Physical Activity and Prevention" as part of an invited paper symposium titled "Active Living: Societal Approaches to Prevention Across Multiple Behaviors" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. The symposium discussant was Dr. Richard Catalano from the University of Washington. The other presenters were Dr. Kevin Patrick from the University of California-San Diego, and Dr. Frank Perna of NCI.

Dr. Aleta Meyer participated as a member of a scientific dialogue titled "Actively Building Community-Researcher Partnerships: The Road to True Community-Based Participatory Research"at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. This session was chaired by Dr. Jane Callahan of CADCA; other participants were Dr. Ralph Hingson of NIAAA, Dr. Mark Wolfson from Wake Forest University, and Ms. Shereen Khatapoush from Youth Services System at Santa Barbara Fighting Back, and Dr. Evelyn Yang, CADCA.

Dr. Aleta Meyer served as moderator for a paper symposium titled "Reducing Youth Substance Use and Other Negative Behaviors through Innovative Prevention Program Strategies" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. Paper presenters were Dr. Judith Andrews from the Oregon Research Institute, Dr. Tanya Nieri from the University of California-Riverside, and Dr. F. Marsiglia from Arizona State University.

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi, DESPR, moderated a session at the NIDA meeting Developmental Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control: Implications for Drug Abuse held at NIDA, NSC, Rockville, MD on May 3-4, 2010.

Drs. Elizabeth Ginexi and Patty Mabry, NIH, OBSSR, and Linda Collins, Pennsylvania State University organized a preconference workshop at the Society for Prevention Research meeting on June 1, 2010, Denver, CO titled "Systems Science Methodologies for Prevention Research." The purpose of this interactive full-day workshop was to introduce prevention scientists to the utility of systems science methodologies for addressing some of the challenging research questions in their field and to familiarize them with four selected methodologies: system dynamics modeling, agent-based modeling, network analysis, and engineering control methods for optimizing intervention design.

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi served as Chair for an invited Paper Symposium at the annual meeting for the Society for Prevention Research in Denver, CO on June 2, 2010 titled "The Application of System Sciences Methodologies to Prevention Research." Papers were presented by Drs. Thomas Valente of the University of Southern California, Kristen Hassmiller Lich of the University of North Carolina, and Edward J. Wegman of George Mason University. Dr. Patty Mabry, NIH, OBSSR served as Discussant.

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi organized and participated in a Roundtable Discussion/Scientific Dialogue session at the annual meeting for the Society for Prevention Research in Denver, CO on June 2, 2010 titled "Using genetic and other neurobiological markers to identify children and adolescents at risk: Forging new prevention science frontiers or walking on thin ice?" Panelist discussants included Michael T. Bardo, Director of the Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation at the University of Kentucky, Diana H. Fishbein Senior Fellow, Behavioral Neuroscience at RTI International, Thomas J. Dishion, Director of Research at the Child and Family Center and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, Celia B. Fisher, Director of the Fordham University Center For Ethics Education, and Ezemenari M. Obasi, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services.

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi served as Discussant an Organized Paper Symposium at the annual meeting for the Society for Prevention Research in Denver, CO on June 4, 2010 titled "Cells to Society: Filling the Gap Between Neural and Prevention Sciences." Dr. Michael Bardo of the University of Kentucky Chaired the session, and papers were presented by Dr. Susan Young of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Thomas Crowley of the University of Colorado in Denver, and Dr. Jane Joseph of University of Kentucky.

Drs. Elizabeth Ginexi, Michael Spittel (NICHD), and Gregory Bloss, NIAAA participated in the NIH Funders Panel as part of the Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University on June 16, 2010. The Institute on Systems Science and Health is a week-long, immersive learning opportunity designed to introduce the general principles of systems science and foster a deeper understanding of selected methodologies that may be used to engage the behavioral and social drivers of population health.

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd, DESPR, served as one of the coordinators of the 2010 Early Career Social Work Scholars Program, which took place during the NIDA Blending Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 22 - 23, 2010.

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd chaired a session titled "HIV Prevention Interventions for At-Risk and Vulnerable Youth" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. Papers were presented by Dr. Laurie Bauman, Dr. Mary McKay and Dr. Norweeta Milburn, and Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus served as the session discussant.

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd and Susannah Allison, NIMH served as co-chairs for a session titled "The Promises and Pitfalls of Using Technology in HIV Prevention Interventions with Youth" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. Paper presenters were Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot, Dr. Brian Mustanski, and Dr. Edward Smith.

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd chaired a session titled "Delivery of Mental Health and Drug Abuse Prevention Services in Communities: Findings from the SAMHSA State Incentive Grant Programs" at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, June 2-4, 2010. The presenters were Phillip W. Graham, Dr. Ann Landy, and Dr. Jennifer Schroeder.

Drs. Aria Crump and Belinda Sims, DESPR, co-chaired a Discussion Session titled "Obtaining Your First NIH R01: Recent New Investigators Answer Your Questions," during the June 1-4, 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO.

Drs. Aria Crump and Belinda Sims co-chaired a Symposium, titled "Frontiers in Parenting Intervention Research for Drug Abuse Prevention" at the June 1-4, 2010, annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO. The presenters were Dr. Betsy Davis, Drs. Guillermo Prado and Hilda Pantin, and Dr. Lew Bank. The Discussant was Dr. Emilie Smith.

Dr. Aria Crump presented on a panel titled "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant Options for Early Career Prevention Scientists," at the June 1-4, 2010, annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO.

Dr. Belinda Sims moderated a symposium titled "Implementation of Sustainable District and State-Level Prevention Infrastructure," at the June 1-4, 2010, annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO. The presenters were Dr. Kris Bosworth, Dr. Michael Stoolmiller, and Mr. Brian Bumbarger.

Dr. Belinda Sims presented on Mentored K Awards at a panel on Mentored Research at the June 1-4, 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, in Denver, CO.

Dr. Richard Denisco chaired an APA session entitled: Neurobiological Circuits of Addiction: Significance for Psychiatric Practice on May 23, 2010.

Drs. Kathy Etz, Carmen Rosa, Aria Crump and Denise Pintello conducted an American Indian/Alaska Native Mentoring and Networking Program at the Blending Addiction Science and Practice: Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 21-23, 2010. Fourteen American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars were selected to participate in the program. The program offered the opportunity to meet with Dr. Nora Volkow as well as many senior investigators in drug abuse treatment and prevention research, and a grand development session.

Drs. Kathy Etz, DESPR, and Richard Moser (NCI) co-chaired a pre-conference workshop entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Secondary Data Analysis, But Were Afraid to Ask" at the Society for Prevention Meeting in Denver, Colorado on June 1, 2010.

Dr. Kathy Etz participated in the Bemijdi-Area HHS Regional Tribal Consultation session in Minneapolis, MN on April 20, 2010.

Dr. Bethany Deeds and Wilson Compton, DESPR, organized a symposium entitled Place & Substance Use: Linking Environments to Health to highlight NIDA's spatial epidemiology research for the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC on April 14, 2010.

Dr. Peter Hartsock, DESPR, represented NIDA at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) conference on "HIV Prevention among Injection Drug Users: Strengthening U.S. Support for Core Interventions," with a focus on the emerging challenge of injecting drug use in East Africa, June 10, Washington D.C. Dr. Hartsock reported on NIDA's drug abuse and HIV epidemiologic research in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa.


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Extramural Policy and Review Activities

Congressional Affairs

International Activities

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Planned Meetings

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