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August 24, 2016   

News from the Nodes



Florida Node Alliance

Latinas in Recovery: Understanding the Evidence to Bridge the Gap in Service Disparities

The National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and the Florida Node Alliance of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are hosting a symposium in September to examine the existing evidence on gender disparities in access and treatment and cover topics centered on Latinas and recovery.

When: September 14th from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.
For Whom: social workers, addiction counselors, therapists, psychologists, case managers, physicians, educators, administrators, students and others interested in learning more about behavioral health disparities affecting Hispanic and Latino women of diverse backgrounds.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/Contact Hours will be available.

For more information and to register, please visit:

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Northeast Node

The Northeast Node is pleased to announce that you may now stream July’s Science Series webinar on their website.

Mark P. McGovern, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Community Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth presented on Why Strategies to Integrate Behavioral Health in Primary Care Are Unsuccessful and What Can Be Done About It.

Visit the website for archived webinars and upcoming live lunchtime presentations on the state of the science on addiction and integrated care models.

CTN Trial Progress

Study results for Open Studies as of the August 23 trial Progress Report.

CTN-0050 - Long Term Follow-up to CTN-0027: Enrolled 877 (original N=1,267 START Study participants)

CTN-0051 - X-BOT (Extended Release Naltrexone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Treatment). Enrolled 570

CTN-0051-A2 - Detoxification TAU. Enrolled 47

CTN-0056-Ot - Testing and Linkage to HIV Care in China. Enrolled 478

CTN-0057-Ot - SBIRT-PC (SBIRT in Primary Care). Enrolled 108 (N=120)

CTN-0064 - Linkage to HCV Care. Enrolled 68

Total Enrolled in all Studies: 23,920

This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, but the information on this site has not been reviewed by NIDA and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.

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CTN Gender Special Interest Group: Call for New Members

X:BOTThe CTN Gender Special Interest Group (GSIG) invites those with research and treatment interests in women and gender differences to join the group.

The GSIG is co-chaired by Dr. Shelly Greenfield and Dr. Aimee Campbell, and both advocates for and provides consultation to investigators for the inclusion of women and women-specific needs and outcomes in research studies.

The GSIG members meet in a monthly conference call every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM EST.

If you are interested in getting involved with the GSIG, please contact coordinator Sterling Karakula at skarakula@mclean.harvard.edu for more information and to be added to the conference call mailing list.

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Share Your Experience with the Mental Health & SUD Parity Task Force

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity is seeking feedback and experiences from the public.

The Task Force wants to hear from patients, families, consumer advocates, health care providers, insurers, and other stakeholders on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements.

Some of the topics involved (visit website for full list) include:

  • Suggestions on how to improve understanding of parity
  • How easy or hard it is for consumers and providers to understand information provided about parity compliance by health plans
  • What additional tools, guidance, or other strategies are needed

The deadline to submit your comments and suggestions is August 31.

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2016 Training Institute for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and health care and what actually gets implemented in everyday practice.

The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how best to ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

The Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health is currently accepting applications for their 2016 Training Institute, to be held September 16 - December 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Applications are due Friday, August 26, 2016!

This training is designed for investigators at any career stage interested in conducting D&I research. To be eligible, participants must NOT have current R18, R01, or R01-equivalent funding as a principal investigator for D&I research and may not have received such funding in the past 5 years.

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Register Now for the 2016 Addiction Health Services Research Conference!

Make your plans today to attend the 2016 Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Seattle, Oct. 13-15, 2016!

Deadlines for early-bird registration and hotel reservations at the conference rate are coming up soon! See the draft program, pre-conference workshops, mentoring opportunities, information about travel awards and CE, and other important details here: http://ahsr2016.org.

With the theme “New Frontiers in Addiction Health Services: Science, Practice, & Policy,” the 2016 AHSR conference will present plenaries by nationally-recognized experts in health services research, more than 30 sessions for symposia and individual oral presentations, a poster session, and pre-conference workshops.

  • Deadline extended for early-bird registration: September 7
  • Deadline for hotel reservations at conference rate: September 12
  • Deadline extended for travel awards for SBIRT for Adolescents: September 7

We encourage you to register for the conference TODAY and make your hotel and travel plans: http://ahsr2016.org!

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New from the CTN Dissemination Library

Design of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Validation Study of Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medications, and Substance Use/Misuse (TAPS) Tool. Wu L, et al. Contemp Clin Trials 2016;50:90-97. Read more. . .

Examining the Efficacy of HIV Risk-Reduction Counseling on the Sexual Risk Behaviors of a National Sample of Drug Abuse Treatment Clients: Analysis of Subgroups. Gooden LK et al. AIDS Behav 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Hair Analysis and Its Concordance with Self-Report for Drug Users Presenting in Emergency Departments. Sharma G et al. Drug Alcohol Depend 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Contingency Management Abstinence Incentives: Cost and Implications for Treatment Tailoring. Cunningham C, et al. J Subst Abuse Treat 2015 (in press). Read more. . .

NIDA Clinical Trials Network CTN-0051, Extended-Release Naltrexone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Treatment (X:BOT): Study Design and Rationale. Lee JD, et al. Contemp Clin Trials 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Mortality Rates
Among Substance Use Disorder Participants in Clinical Trials: Pooled Analysis of Twenty-Two Clinical Trials Within the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. Lindblad R, et al. J Subst Abuse Treat 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

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Psychology of Addictive Behaviors:
Call for Papers

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of APA and the 30th anniversary of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. To commmorate this occasion, the journal is planning a special section on effective treatments for substance use and other addictive disorders.

For this special section, PAB is seeking review articles and meta-analyses of specific interventions, as well as articles examining the efficacy of different interventions within specific populations.

Submit manuscripts for consideration by January 15, 2017.

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New from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network

In celebration of National Recovery Month 2016 (September), the ATTC Network is sponsoring an international essay contest, in partnership with Faces & Voices of Recovery and Facing Addiction.

Essays should be about your personal recovery journal, using first-person language and avoiding any promotion of stigma. Submissions for the essay contest are due by December 31, 2016; prizes include an Apple iPad Pro, an Apple Watch, and a Garmin Vivofit. For more about the contest, visit: http://attcnetwork.org/essay2016.aspx.

The ATTC Network’s NIDA/SAMHSA Cannabis Blending Team has released a new product, the Synthetic Cannabis Infographic. The infographic includes information about what synthetic cannabinoids are, some statistics about use and composition, and a list of effects similar to and different from botanical marijuana. View the infographic (pdf).

Finally, the latest issue of the ATTC Messenger Newsletter (August 2016) is now available, and features information about the AHSR conference (see article above), CTN research briefs about 12-step facilitation, updates from the ATTC/NIATx blog, and more.

Read more. . .

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Also of Interest

International Overdose Awareness Day: Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day is a great way to support people who have lost loved ones through overdose, and to mobilize communities to take action to prevent more overdose deaths. Learn how to get involved here.

Request for Information: Increasing the Varieties of Marijuana and Marijuana Products for Research (NOT-DA-16-034).Read more about this ROI and find out how to respond here. The deadline is September 15, 2016.

Upcoming Meetings & Trainings

Demonstrating Practical Use of Data Share and Secondary Analyses. CTN Webinar Series (free). September 14, 2016, 1-2p.m. ET. Register now!

9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. December 14-15, 2016. Read more. . .

For more upcoming meetings, trainings, and conferences, visit the CTN Dissemination Library's AOD Conferences calendar!