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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September, 2006

Planned Meetings

NIDA will host "Blending Addiction Science & Practice: Bridges to the Future" at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, October 16-17, 2006. This 2-day conference will bring together clinicians and researchers, to examine cutting-edge findings about drug use and addiction and their application to clinical practice.

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 San Diego, CA, May 19-24, 2007. 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. In 2004 NIDA organized 26 sessions, including 7 major lectures. NIDA anticipates another highly successful program at the meeting in 2007.

Eve Reider, Ph.D., Deputy Branch Chief of DESPR's Prevention Research Branch, and Gina R. Hijjawi, Ph.D., AAAS/SRCD Executive Branch Fellow in DESPR, are planning a scientific meeting on Children of Parents in the Criminal Justice System to be held November 6, 2006 in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together scientists who are conducting research on children of parents in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Samia Noursi and colleagues from DESPR are organizing a scientific meeting entitled "Substance Abuse Research and Disaster: A Dialogue" to be held on December 7-8, 2006 in Bethesda, MD. This meeting will focus on reviewing current research that addresses human response to disaster, preparedness, and strategies for service delivery; identifying relevant research findings that are not utilized in service delivery systems; and identifying gaps in existing research findings.

The next CTN DSMB meetings are planned for September 19, 2006, October 6, 2006, November 13, 2006 and November 16, 2006.

The next National CTN Steering Committee Meeting is planned for October 16-20, 2006 in Seattle, Washington.

The CCTN will present a symposium at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) entitled: "Co-morbid Pain and Addiction - Novel Treatments." The meeting will be held in Hollywood, Florida, December 3-7, 2006. The pain symposium is scheduled for December 4th. Dr. Charles O'Brien will chair the session together with Dr. Petra Jacobs. This symposium will review new findings on the neurophysiology of pain and addiction. Presenters will include Dr. David Borsook, Dr. Nathaniel Katz, Dr. Gavril Pasternak and Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta. Dr. Walter Ling will be a discussant in the panel as well.

A CCTN symposium was accepted by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) for the 17th Annual Meeting & Symposium. The meeting will be held in St. Pete Beach, Florida, December 7-10, 2006. Dr. Petra Jacobs will co-chair the symposium entitled: "Interface between Pain and Opioids: New Horizons" along with Dr. Roger Weiss. Presenters will include Dr. Howard Heit, Dr. Martin Angst and Dr. Steven Passik. Dr. Walter Ling will be a discussant on this symposium.


Research Findings

Program Activities

Extramural Policy and Review Activities

Congressional Affairs

International Activities

Meetings and Conferences

Media and Education Activities

Planned Meetings


Staff Highlights

Grantee Honors

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