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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Thursday, April 7, 2005


Michelle Person, Blair Gately

Contacto en Español:
Sara Rosario Wilson

NIDA to Host “Smart Practice, Practical Science: Blending Treatment and Research” Conference
June 6-7, 2005 - Miami Beach, Florida


A 2-day conference that will bring together clinicians and researchers to examine cutting-edge scientific findings about drug abuse and addiction and their application to clinical practice

Why: As in other fields of medicine, a gap exists in the drug abuse treatment field between clinical practice and scientific research. By bringing together leading drug abuse treatment clinicians and researchers, this conference will provide an opportunity to further bridge that gap.
Hosts: NIDA and the Florida Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN), located at the University of Miami, are sponsoring the conference.
When: Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, 2005.
Where: The Sheraton Bal Harbour Hotel, 9701 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, Florida.
Who Should Attend: Drug treatment counselors, social workers, healthcare providers, criminal justice staff, marriage and family counselors, public health workers, physicians, researchers interested in drug abuse and addiction issues, and the media are encouraged to attend.

Blending Conference Overview

Plenary sessions will be presented by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and other experts in the field of drug abuse and addiction. The conference will include sessions on:

  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Treatment of ADHD in Context of Treating Addiction
  • Buprenorphine Treatment: A Guide for Non-Physicians
  • Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse: Strategies for Engagement and Treatment
  • The Impact of Gender on Treatment
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

In addition, while the conference will be conducted in English, a number of sessions will also be translated live and made available in Spanish. More details about the conference are available on NIDA’s website at www.drugabuse.gov.

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director, NIDA

Dr. Nora D. Volkow assumed the position of director of NIDA in May 2003. She is a recognized expert on the neurobiology of addiction. She is particularly known for her work investigating the mechanisms underlying the reinforcing, addictive, and toxic properties of drugs of abuse in the human brain. As a researcher, Dr. Volkow has been supported by grants from NIDA, NIAAA, and the Department of Energy. Her work also includes more than 275 peer-reviewed publications, three edited books and more than 50 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts. A recipient of multiple awards, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and was named “Innovator of the Year” in 2000 by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information or to arrange an interview with NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow, please contact the NIDA Press Office at 301-443-6245. Dr. Volkow is bilingual and media interviews can be conducted in either English or Spanish.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.

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