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Vol. LVII, No. 19
September 23, 2005

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NIDA Holds Variety of Outreach Events

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow delivers the plenary presentation, “Progress in Translating Drug Abuse Research into Clinical Practice,” at a NIDA meeting in Miami.
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.

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.

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