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2024 NIDA International Forum      
June 14-15, 2024
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
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.


Online registration is closed. You may register on site at the meeting starting June 14, 2024.

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

If you have questions, please contact us at ip@nida.nih.gov.

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

View the full 2024 International Forum Agenda.

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

Advancing Quality in Addiction Studies Programs
Chair: Carly Searcy, International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)

  • Victor Capoccia, Technical Assistance Collaborative
  • Dennis McCarty, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Amalie Lososová, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital, Czech Republic
  • Jordan Turner, ICUDDR
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

  • Jasmin Vassileva, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Elena Psederska, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
  • James Bjork, Virginia Commonwealth University 
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

  • Adam Gordon, International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)
  • Casy Calver, 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 (ISAM)

  • Carl Erik Fisher, Columbia University
  • Marc Potenza, ISAM and Yale School of Medicine                              
  • Dave Martell, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, Canada  
  • Hamed Ekhtiari, ISAM  

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 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev — RADAR Center, Israel
  • 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

Addressing Opioid Stigma in Pharmacies – Developing Strategies for Pharmacy Professionals
Chair: Beth Sproule, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada

  • Braiden Cutmore, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
  • Sarah Bhatti, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada

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 Sessions
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 (UNODC), Austria

  • Dzmitry Krupchanka, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
  • Karen Paul, IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, Canada
  • Anselme Sanou, UNODC, Burkina Faso
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

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

  • Marya Hynes, 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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Poster Session

The Joint NIDA International Forum and CPDD Workshop International Research Poster Session will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. following the daylong symposium.

View the 2024 International Forum Poster Guide.

If you received notice that your research poster abstract was selected for the 2024 Poster Session, please reference the important details listed below.

  • Poster boards will be horizontal in direction with two posters per side (see photo below). Please note, the boards will be shared by two authors. If your poster does not fit within the maximum area, it will hang over the side or bottom edge of the board.
  • When preparing the size of your poster, please adhere to the following dimensions:
    • Maximum height (up and down): 3.75 feet/45 inches or 114.3 centimeters/1.143 meters
    • Maximum width (side to side): 3.75 feet/45 inches or 114.3 centimeters/1.143 meters 
  • You may set up your poster on Friday evening after 3:00 p.m.
  • Poster boards, push pins, and Velcro will be provided.
  • You will receive your poster number assignment at the Forum Registration desk. Presenting authors are expected to be with their posters from: 
    • 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Authors whose posters have even numbers.
    • 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.: Authors whose posters have odd numbers.
  • Poster materials must be removed immediately after the poster session. Any materials remaining will be removed and thrown away.
Poster session image showing dimensions.

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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. 

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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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