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

Planned Meetings

Planning is currently underway for the first National USA Science & Engineering Festival to be held on the National Mall and at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on October 23 & 24, 2010. As one of the key NIH organizers for this event, NIDA is involved in planning and organizing NIH's large exhibits. These exhibits will cover a broad range of health and research areas and will be both interactive and engaging to children and their parents. Currently there are over 400 organizations in addition to NIH who have signed up to host an exhibit.

Drs. Steven Grant, DCNBR, organized and will chair a panel entitled Role of the Habenula in Addiction and Depression: Worse than Expected which will be part of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annual meeting to be held December 5-9, 2010 in Miami, FL.

Dr. Ruben, Baler, OSPC, will co-chair with Dr. Danny Weinberger, a session at the ACNP annual meeting on December 8, 2010 in Miami Beach, FL titled "Neuregulin 1: A Gene at the Crossroads of Synaptic Plasticity, Psychiatric Disorders, and the Self Medication Theory of Smoking."

Drs. Thomas Aigner, DBNBR and Susan Weiss, OSPC will co-chair a session at the ACNP annual meeting, titled: "Emerging Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery Methods and their Applications to Addiction Research."

Dr James Bjork, DCNBR, organized and will chair a session entitled Connectivity of the Human Brain and its Disruption by Drugs of Abuse at the NIDA Frontiers in Addiction Research mini-convention prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience on November 12, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Samia Noursi, DBNBR and Deputy Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research, and Dr. Thomas Brady, DESPR, will chair a panel entitled "Gender Differences in ADHD, Substance Use, and Other Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders: Implications for Treatment of Adolescent and Young Adult Females" at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in New York, NY, October 26-31, 2010. Presenters will be Drs. Bill Latimer (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Timothy Wilens (Massachusetts General Hospital), Amori Yee Mikami (University of Virginia), and Ken Winters (University of Minnesota Medical School). The presentations will be discussed by Dr. Frances Levin (Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry).

Dr. Samia Noursi DBNBR and Deputy Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research and Dr. Thomas Brady, DESPR, will chair a panel entitled "Substance Use Disorders, Comorbid Mental Disorders, and HIV/AIDS Risk Behaviors: A Longitudinal Study of Delinquent Females" at the 2010 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) in Baltimore, MD, December 14-16, 2010. Presenters will be Drs. Linda A. Teplin (Northwestern University), Sarah J. Schmiege (University of Colorado-Denver), and Patricia W. Chamberlain (Oregon Social Learning Center).

The next National CTN Steering Committee Meetings will be held September 21-23, 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. In the spring, the Steering Committee Meetings will be held March 15-17, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The NIDA CCTN will hold a face-to-face meeting on September 24, 2010 in the Bethesda, Maryland area to bring together relevant stakeholders to develop a consensus on common core data elements relevant to drug addiction treatment that could be incorporated into harmonized electronic health record systems either locally or nationwide. To that end, the CTN Data and Statistics Center (EMMES) has collected and collated treatment-form-related information from CTN-affiliated drug abuse specialty treatment providers, Kaiser Permanente, the VA, Harvard, and the Italian Health System. The purpose was to look across community treatment practices and identify common data that are obtained as a part of standard treatment and care in real-world settings.


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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