The National Institute on Drug Abuse is undertaking a variety of
outreach efforts to educate health care providers, physicians, researchers
and others about the latest findings on drug abuse and addiction
and their application to clinical practice. The institute sponsored
or participated in three meetings recently in Miami.
|NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow
delivers the plenary presentation, “Progress in Translating
Drug Abuse Research into Clinical Practice,” at a NIDA
meeting in Miami.
More than 600 people attended a 2-day conference, "Smart Practice,
Practical Science: Blending Treatment and Research," that was held
at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Hotel. The workshop format allowed
lively discussions between researchers involved in designing science-based
treatment programs and the practitioners implementing them across
the country. Cosponsors of the conference included the Florida
node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, the University of Miami,
Operation PAR Inc., the Village South Center for Drug Free Living
and the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine.
During the same week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration and the National Association of State Alcohol and
Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) held a meeting, "Forging Federal-State
Collaborations to Blend Research and Practice." It was the latest
in a series of meetings held over the past year to examine strategies
to enhance the adoption of evidence-based practices in state drug
abuse prevention and treatment systems.
Volkow greets University of Miami President (and former HHS
Secretary) Donna Shalala (l) and Florida First Lady Columba
Bush at a NIDA meeting in Miami.
Robert Morrison (r), director of public policy for the National
Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD),
congratulates NIDA's Dr. Timothy Condon (l) who received the
award for outstanding service and leadership in support of
State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Authorities. The award was presented
at NASADAD's annual meeting in Miami.
The third event was NASADAD's annual meeting.
These events are part of NIDA's effort to try to bridge the gap
between clinical practice and scientific research in the drug abuse
treatment field. These collaborations will ensure the application
of research knowledge into improved treatment.