NIH News Advisory
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Michelle Muth


NIDA to Host
"Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities"
September 24 - 26, 2001
What: This September, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host "Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities." Conference highlights will include plenary sessions on advancements and findings in prevention and treatment and the interaction of culture, race/ethnicity, and science on drug abuse research as it impacts minority communities. In addition, the conference will look at spiritual and faith-based initiatives, and the challenges of being a minority researcher.
Who: National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
When: Monday through Wednesday, September 24 - 26, 2001
Where: Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Why: The goals of the meeting are threefold: (1) disseminate research on drug abuse and addiction in racial/ethnic minority communities; (2) provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, students, and community leaders to share research needs, concerns and opportunities; and (3) foster research collaborations and partnerships to enhance and improve drug abuse research in minority communities.
Audience: This meeting is open to anyone interested in drug abuse research in minority communities, particularly researchers, students, health care providers, academicians, and community leaders, including religious leaders, tribal leaders, the media, and nonprofit organizations.

For more information and to register contact:
Members of the media: Contact the NIDA Press Office at 301-443-1124 General Public: Contact Tracy Davis or Mildred Prioleau at 301-468-6008

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 other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and Spanish through NIDA Infofax at 1-888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 1-888-TTY-NIDA (889-6432) for the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at