February 24, 2016

NIDA grantee George E. Woody, University of Pennsylvania, published an article in Psychiatric Times (October 27, 2015, online at http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/addiction/addiction-aids-and-nida-overseas-program/page/0/1) describing how NIDA International Program fellowships, meetings, and Program Announcements facilitated binational grants and research advances in Brazil, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. He reports on international collaborations that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of extended-release injectable naltrexone to treat opioid dependence; creation of a Brazilian addiction treatment and research center headed by 1993–1994 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Flavio Pechansky; and evidence that methadone and buprenorphine-naloxone may be more effective in treating opioid dependence in Georgia and Ukraine than they are in the United States.