**This article was prepared by a federal government official as part of official duties.
Pulmonary Pathophysiologic and Immune Consequences of Smoked Substance Abuse
1999 FASEB Summer Research Conference
Copper Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain, CO
July 18-23, 1999
Chair: Donald P. Tashkin, M.D.
Co-chairs: Michael D. Roth, M.D., and Pushpa V. Thadani, Ph.D.**
Scope and Purpose
FASEB is sponsoring this summer research conference, supported in part by NIDA as a forum for interchange between clinical and basic scientists working in different disciplines related to inhaled substance abuse. The purpose of this conference is to stimulate creative cross-disciplinary and collaborative research that will broaden our understanding of the effects of smoked marijuana and cocaine on the lung and the immune system. This forum will bring together investigators who have contributed to the accumulating body of knowledge concerning the pulmonary and immune consequences of marijuana and crack cocaine from the perspective of a variety of basic and clinical research disciplines.
- Communicate up-to-date, comprehensive information pertaining to the effects of marijuana and crack cocaine on the lung and immunity.
- Broaden awareness in the scientific and medical community of the pulmonary and immune system complications of the smoking of abused substances other than tobacco, including effects on carcinogenesis and HIV infection.
- Encourage innovative collaboration among basic and clinical scientists to increase the understanding of pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying pulmonary and immune consequences of marijuana and crack cocaine.
- Provide a forum for young investigators and trainees to discuss their own work in an atmosphere that fosters constructive criticism and helpful scientific interchange.
- Exchange ideas concerning methodologic approaches to designing studies for investigating the biologic effects of smoked substances.
- Examine different approaches for exploring the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids that may be useful to conference participants in the design and planning of future studies.