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2024 NIDA International Forum      
June 14-15, 2024
Montreal, Canada

Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program for the 2024 NIDA International Forum, which will be held June 14–15, 2024, at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The nearest international airport is Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

The Forum research symposium, poster session, and network-building activities focus on the range and quality of drug use and addiction research conducted around the world. Participants meet talented colleagues and learn about drug use and addiction research and policy issues in other countries, as well as the NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations. There is no fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.

Important Dates

September 21, 2023NEW: Call for proposals for plenary sessions opens
October 31, 2023Call for proposals for plenary sessions – Closed
November 1, 2023Research poster abstract submission and travel award request opens
December 2023Plenary session selections announced
January 18, 2024Forum abstract submission and travel award request closes – Closed
February 5, 2024Forum registration opens
March 2024Forum abstract and travel award selections announced

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Online registration for the in-person Forum is now open – register today.

There is no registration fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.

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The agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time, North America (UTC-4). 

Friday, June 14, 2024
3:00 – 7:30 p.m.Registration and Information
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Quality Assurance in Specialty Addiction Studies Program
Chair: Carly Searcy, International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction

  • Victor Capoccia, AcademyHealth
  • Dennis McCarty, Oregon Health & Science University
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.Break
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Twenty Years of Addiction Neuroscience Research in Bulgaria: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

  • Jasmine Vassileva, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Elena Psederska, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
  • Tara Rezapour, INVEST Fellow, Iran 
6:45 - 7:00 p.m.Break
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Publishing Workshop: How to Get Your Addiction Research Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • TBD, International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)
Saturday, June 15, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Registration and Information
8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.Symposium
Co-Chairs: Tom Clarke and Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and NIDA Updates

  • Tom Clarke, International Program, NIDA
  • Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.Break
9:10 - 10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1

Addiction Treatment and Criminal Justice Systems: Drug Policy Reforms and Implications
Chair: Greg Bunt, International Society of Addiction Medicine

  • Carl Erik Fisher, Columbia University
  • Zadarian Ardi, Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia

Breakout #2

Medical Cannabis in Professional Healthcare Education: Multinational Policies, Perspectives, and Competencies
Chair: Richard Isralowitz, Ben Gurion University of the Negev — RADAR Center, Israel

  • Yuval Zolotov, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and BGU Ben Gurion University of the Negev — RADAR Center, Israel
  • Mohammed Afifi, Substance Abuse Research Center, Palestine
  • Mazen Awni El-Sakka, Substance Abuse Research Center, Palestine 
  • Mikhail Kogan, George Washington University
  • Richard Rawson, University of Vermont
  • Leslie Mendoza Temple, University of Chicago and Endeavor Health System
10:40 – 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout #3

Understanding and Intervening on Stigma — Global Approaches
Chair: Karsten Lunze, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

  • Valerie Earnshaw, University of Delaware
  • Alissa Davis, Columbia University

Breakout #4

Successful Real World Evidence-Based Interventions That Have Increased Treatment Access and Intake in Different Countries
Chair: Adrian Abagiu, National Institute for Infectious Diseases Prof. Dr. Matei Bals — ARENA OST Center, Romania

  • Dace Svikis, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Thinzar Tun, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Myanmar (Burma) 
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.Plenary Session
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Substance Use and Associated Health Problems in Humanitarian Settings — Responding to the needs of affected populations
Chair: Anja Busse, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Austria

  • Nadine Ezard, National Drug and Alcohol Research Center, Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs, Australia
  • Jeremy Kane, Columbia University
  • Claire Greene, Columbia University
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Current Global Topics: Synthetic Drugs in Latin American and the Caribbean and Treating Children for Substance Use Problems
Chair: Mark Chatarpal, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • Marya Hines, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
  • Antonio Pascale, University of Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Hendrée Jones, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4:45 - 5:00 p.m.Closing
Saturday, June 15, 2024
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Joint CPDD Workshop and NIDA International Forum Poster Session

Learn about research conducted outside of the United States and meet NIDA staff and colleagues from around the world at this joint CPDD Workshop and NIDA International Forum poster session.

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Traveling to Canada

Visitors to Canada may be required to obtain a visitor’s visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). You should apply for these documents BEFORE you book travel. 

Find out if you need an eTA or a visitor visa to travel to Canada by visiting the Canadian Government’s Visit Canada website. 

Attendees who require a visa to enter Canada should email ip@nida.nih.gov with the subject line “Visa Request Letter” to request a personalized letter of invitation and the special event code to be included with the visa application.

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Research Poster Abstract Submission and Travel Award Requests

Abstract Submission

Award Notification: March 2024

The NIDA International Program is no longer accepting research poster abstracts and travel award requests.

Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters during the NIDA International Research Poster Session scheduled as the joint NIDA International Forum and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Workshop.

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Travel Award Request

Award Notification: March 2024

The NIDA International Program is no longer accepting research poster abstracts and travel award requests.

Travel awards will be announced with abstract selections and amounts will be confirmed within the selection notices. A participant will be considered for a travel award if he or she completed the travel award question during the abstract submission process. 

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