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

Planned Meetings

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is collaborating 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 is sponsoring a number of symposia on topics unique to addiction science. This special track will highlight 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 is given to sessions touching upon circuits in the brain that are involved in both addiction and other mental illness. In addition, symposia and lectures will highlight 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 will give an invited Frontiers of Science Lecture titled, Addiction: Conflict between Brain Circuits.

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

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

Drs. Steven Grant, DCNBR, and Roger Sorenson, DBNBR, have organized a symposium entitled How Dysfunction of Learning and Memory Circuits Contribute to Substance Abuse and Other Psychiatric Disorders which will be held at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 26, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will again sponsor the "Grant Writing Workshop" and the "Tutorials Workshop" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Scientific Meeting. This year's conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on June 12-17, 2010. The "Tutorials Workshop" provides junior investigators with fundamental information from a variety of scientific disciplines representing the breadth of drug abuse and addiction research. Speakers for this workshop are selected from amongst NIDA's T32 Training Directors to each give a presentation on a research topic within their field of expertise. The "Grant Writing Workshop" is designed to orient new research investigators to NIDA and the grant application process. NIDA will also be offering a limited number of travel awards to partially defray the cost of attending this conference.

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.

Dr. Minda Lynch, DBNBR, with Dr. David Shurtleff, DBNBR, as Co-chair, is organizing a half-day NIDA-sponsored satellite symposium at CPDD in June, Scottsdale, AZ. This session, on Genetics Approaches in Drug Abuse and Addiction Research, will highlight recent findings from mouse mutagenesis, human pharmacogenetics, QTL studies and techniques to study micro-RNAs in paradigms relevant for understanding addiction. Presentations, to include both research findings and didactic instruction, will be delivered by Drs. Marilyn Carroll, Abraham Palmer, Caryn Lerman and Paul Kenny.

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials will take place May 16-19, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Carmen Rosa is organizing a workshop titled "Considerations in the Design of Clinical Trials for Comparative Effectiveness Research" to be held from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on May 16, 2010.

The next National CTN Steering Committee Meetings will be held September 21-23, 2010 in Bethesda, MD.


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