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MDMA/Ecstasy Research: Advances, Challenges, Future Directions
A Scientific Conference

This Conference was held at the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH Campus, July 19-20, 2001.


July 19, 2001

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), I am pleased to welcome you to MDMA/Ecstasy Research: Advances, Challenges, Future Directions. A number of our best monitoring mechanisms are detecting alarming increases in the popularity of MDMA, particularly among today's youth. Unfortunately, myths abound about both the acute effects and long-term consequences of this drug. In response, we have convened a national and international cadre of experts to examine the latest scientific findings on MDMA and to identify areas requiring additional research. Specifically, this meeting will address patterns and trends of MDMA abuse, acute effects, long-term toxicity, and funtional consequences.

In addition to the plenary presentations conducted by some of the world's leading scientists, we have invited and equally impressive number of investigators to display poster presentations of their current research on MDMA. Please take some time during the meeting to visit the research poster gallery on display in the conference center and discuss these ongoing studies with the researchers.

Drug abuse research should not only be useful, it should be used. I hope that this conference provides researchers, practitioners, and policy makers with the scientific information needed to mount a comprehensive response to the individual and public health impact of MDMA abuse.

        Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.

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