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Conference Title - Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities

This Conference was held at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza hotel in Philadelphia, P.A., September 24-26, 2001.

Introduction

  Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), I am pleased to welcome you to this timely conference, Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities. I would like to acknowledge the assistance of our cosponsors, the National Center on Minority Health and Disparities (NCMHD), National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), for their generous support.

In recent years, NIDA has made a concerted effort to better understand and address the drug abuse and addiction research needs of racial/ethnic minority populations, focusing on areas where there are significant gaps in knowledge and clear disparities in prevention, treatment, and health services in these communities. At this conference, we have the extraordinary opportunity to work together to review the research, collaborations, and dissemination activities. We look forward to hearing your experiences and recommendations.

We are privileged to be joined at this conference by a number of national leaders and experts. Through plenary and concurrent sessions, scientists and practitioners will present on a host of social, cognitive, behavioral, health, and medical consequences of drug abuse as they relate to minority populations. Other conference highlights include grants development sessions, mock review, and roundtable discussions

As its name states, we see this conference as a major step in a process on how to effectively bridge science and culture to improve drug abuse prevention and treatment in minority communities. Our commitment is to continually use research to improve the nation's understanding of drug abuse and addiction in all racial/ethnic minority groups. Thank you for participating in this important event.

Sincerely,

Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
Director

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