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

Planned Meetings

NIDA will host the 8th Blending Conference in partnership with the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, and the University of California, San Francisco on April 22-23, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Blending Addiction Science and Practice: Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings Conference will present innovative, science-based approaches that have been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. This two-day event has evolved into NIDA's signature conference and is designed to narrow the "translational gap" by disseminating science-based findings to treatment providers. NIDA's Deputy Director, Dr. Timothy Condon, is overseeing all conference planning activities and Drs. Cindy Miner (OSPC) and Denise Pintello (OD) are working closely with the two CTN Node PIs co-hosting the Blending Conference: Drs. James Sorenson (California-Arizona Node) and Michael Bogenschutz (Southwest Node).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is collaborating with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to hold a major research based track at the APA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, May 22-26, 2010. The first major NIDA/APA track was held at the 1998 APA meeting in Toronto, and then again at the 2004 APA meeting in New York City and San Diego in 2007. NIDA has organized a number of diverse subject matter sessions for the upcoming track, including 12 symposia and 1 workshop. NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow will lead an interactive session for residents and medical students on Addiction and the Brain, and give an invited Frontiers of Science Lecture titled, Addiction: Conflict between Brain Circuits. NIDA anticipates another highly successful program at the meeting in 2010.

For the May, 2010 American Psychiatric Association meeting in New Orleans, Dr. David McCann, DPMCDA, has organized a symposium entitled "Update on Medications Development: Promising New Treatments for Drug Addiction." Presentations will cover modafinil for cocaine addiction treatment (Dr. Charles O'Brien), d-cycloserine for cocaine and nicotine addiction treatment (Dr. Kathleen Brady), bupropion for methamphetamine addiction treatment (Dr. David McCann), dronabinol for cannabis addiction treatment (Dr. Frances Levin), and NicVax for tobacco dependence treatment (Dr. Raafat Fahim).

Wilson Compton, DESPR, and Ivan Montoya, DPMCDA, will co-chair a symposium entitled "Innovations in Integrated Treatment of Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders" at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. It will include presentations by Drs. Paul Rohde (Simultaneous Treatment of Depression and Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents), Kathleen Brady (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Drug Abuse: Etiology and Treatment Linkages), Roger Weiss (Group Therapy Treatment of Bipolar Disorder and Addiction), Edward Nunes (Advances in Pharmacotherapy for Comorbid Depression and Cocaine Addiction), Alan Green (Concurrent Treatment of Cannabis Dependence in Patients with Schizophrenia), and Stan Sacks who will serve as the discussant.

Ivan Montoya and Herb Kleber will co-chair a workshop entitled "Maintenance Treatment for Opiate Dependence: Terminable or Interminable?" at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The workshop will include the following topics: Deciding between opiate maintenance and detoxification (Dr. Steve Batki), Methadone maintenance: stop and go criteria (Dr. Robert Schwartz) and Optimal Duration of Contingency Management Interventions during Opiate Maintenance (Dr. Kenzie Preston).

Drs. Susan Volman, DBNBR, and James Bjork, DCNBR, have organized a NIDA-sponsored symposium for the May 2010 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. The symposium, entitled Reward Neurocircuitry in Substance Dependence and Other Psychiatric Disorders: What Does Brain Research Tell Us? will feature presentations by Drs. Susan Sesack, Mauricio Delgado, Wayne Drevets and James Swanson.

Drs. Minda Lynch, Mary Kautz and "Woody" Lin, DCNBR, have organized a NIDA-sponsored symposium for the May 2010 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. The symposium, entitled Executive Function as a Brain System for Self-control: The Neurocircuitry of Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction and will feature presentations by Drs. Karen Berman, B.J. Casey, Earl Miller, Todd Hare, Kevin Ochsner and Trevor Robbins.

Drs. Cora Lee Wetherington, DBNBR, and Shelly F. Greenfield (Harvard Medical School) co-organized and will co-chair 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, May 22-27, 2010, in New Orleans, LA. The speakers will be 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. Minda Lynch and David Shurtleff, DBNBR, are organizing a half-day, NIDA-sponsored satellite for the June 2010 CPDD meeting. The session is entitled: Application of Genetic Aproaches to Understand Drug Abuse and Addiction.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is organizing 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 are involved in organizing and/or presenting on a wide range of session topics. NIDA will also co-sponsor 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 next National CTN Steering Committee Meetings will be held April 19-21, 2010 in conjunction with the NIDA Blending Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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