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September 19, 2016   

CTN Researchers, Clinicians, & Staff Remember 9/11



CTN Bulletin for Sept 2001On September 11, 2001, many CTN researchers, clinicians, and staff were together in Washington, DC for that year's CTN Annual Meeting -- held right across the street from the Pentagon.

They witnessed firsthand the terrible tragedy that day, the smoke seeping into their hotel rooms, the sound of helicopters circling through the night.

Many members ended up stranded in D.C., unable to reach loved ones back home. As a close community of colleagues and friends, they worked together to organize charter buses or share other transportation so they could get back to their families as quickly as possible. After airports reopened and our colleagues and friends were safely back in their own cities and towns, the CTN Bulletin put out a special issue, featuring stories and reflections from its members.

Here is a sampling from that issue:

Let us take strength from the CTN as an example of how people of all races, religions and ages can work together to diminish human suffering. I am honored to be working with you.
Bob Schuster (PI-Great Lakes Regional Node)

When I spoke from the podium, I, too, looked across the room and saw a room full of people -- men and women, ethnicities, nationalities, and ages. We have common goals and a purpose; let us hope that this terrorism and violence among people does have an end and soon.
Nancy Hamilton (Operation PAR -- Florida Node CTP)

This has all been remarkably devastating for NYC . . . and most of us are pretty numb right now. [...] Some of our CTPs are in areas that are completely closed off, no power, no phones, no access permitted, and not sure when that will get back to normal. [...] NY has always been a great city and we’ll get through this. John Rotrosen (PI -- New York Node)

I am grateful that the world is still intact and that we live in a country of caring people. The outpouring of concern from many from within our beloved CTN means the world to me. With heartfelt appreciation, always.
Eileen Pencer (Lower Eastside Service Center -- New York Node)

As with other national disasters in the past, those who have experienced them will surely remember where they were when they heard the news
of this one. I'm sure that the CTNers will feel a bond with each other as a result of sharing the experience of this terrible tragedy. Gene Somoza (PI- Ohio Valley Node)

Read the complete issue from September 25, 2001 (content warning: some graphic descriptions).

CTN Trial Progress

Study results for Open Studies as of the September 19trial 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 78

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 74

Total Enrolled in all Studies: 23,957

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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HHS and NIH: New Rules for Clinical Trials Reporting

Francis CollinsOn September 16, 2016, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule expanding the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for certain clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated drug, biological and device products to ClinicalTrials.gov.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a complementary policy for registering and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded clinical trials, including those not subject to the final rule.

Both rules are intended to expand the availability of information about clinical trials for the public, particularly for participants in the studies themselves.

Read more . . .

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News from the Northeast Node

CTN NEast Node logo(For more news from the Northeast Node, visit their website’s “News from the Node” section.)

In partnership with the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS), the Northeast Node has been awarded funds to complete the second phase of the Fentanyl Hot Spot Study conducted in New Hampshire earlier this summer.

During the rapid first phase, the Node and NDEWS teams met with multiple stakeholders throughout the state, including treatment providers, medical responders, law enforcement, and state authorities and policymakers, to learn more about their perspectives on the fentanyl crisis in New Hampshire.

In this second phase of the Hot Spot Study, researchers at the Northeast Node will conduct a rapid epidemiological investigation of the fentanyl users’ and first responders’ perspective, so that real-time data can inform policy in tackling the fentanyl overdose crisis.

The Node is very pleased to participate in this study and looks forward to presenting its findings to the stakeholders who have dedicated their time and energy into fighting this epidemic in New Hampshire.

Read more about the study here . . .

News from the New England Consortium Node

McLean logoShelly F. Greenfield MD, MPH, was recently honored to serve as the first Kristine M. Trustey Endowed Professor of Psychiatry chair at McLean Hospital in recognition of the hospital’s Division of Women’s Mental Health. At McLean Hospital, Dr. Greenfield serves as the Chief of the Division of Women’s Health and the hospital’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). Dr. Greenfield is a national expert for her research work on substance use disorders, particularly in the areas of women’s treatment and health services. Congratulations Dr. Greenfield on this prestigious honor!

CTN Gender Special Interest Group

NPR logoR. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, a psychologist in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital, and a member of the CTN Gender Special Interest Group from the New England Consortium Node, joined ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas on NPR’s On Point as a subject matter expert on Thursday September 16, 2016. The interview was hosted by Jane Clayson of WBUR (Boston). They discussed stigma and gender differences in substance abuse disorders.

Read more about the interview and listen here.


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NIH logoNew Funding Opportunities

CTN researchers and others may be interested in these funding opportunities:

Engaging Youth and Young Adults from Health Disparity Populations in the HIV Treatment Cascade (R01 Research Project Grant). Letter of intent due November 7, 2016; application due December 7, 2016. Find out more here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-16-003.html

NIH Sustainability Subcommittee of the Scientific Data Council -- Request for Information (RFI): Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories (NOT-OD-16-133), comments due September 30, 2016

NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) -- Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-17-001.html

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New from the CTN Dissemination Library

journal coversCTN-0059 Primary Outcomes article: Performance of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool for Substance Use Screening in Primary Care Patients. McNeely J, et al. Annals Internal Med 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Implementation of Motivational Interviewing in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Research Network Participation and Organizational Compatibility. Rieckmann T, et al. J Addict Med 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

The Coupling of Nicotine and Stimulant Craving During Treatment for Stimulant Dependence. Magee JC & Winhusen TM. Magee JC & Winhusen TM. J Consul Clin Psychol 2016;84(3):230-237. Read more. . .

An Ounce of Prevention: A Pre-Randomized Protocol to Improve Retention in Substance Use Disorder Trials. Northrup TJ, et al. Addict Behav 2017;64:137-142. Read more. . .


Upcoming Free Webinars

Tiffany CvrkelWednesday, September 21, 2016 (1-2pm EDT)

Join the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Health Care Data Science Task Force for its upcoming free webinar, Ethical Risks in mHealth: Challenges and Solutions, presented by Tiffany Cvrkel, bioethicist, philosopher, and lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Read more . . .

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (1-2pm EDT)

CCC webinars catalog coverJoin the Clinical Coordinating Center for their next CTN Webinar: Preparation for Drug Management and Accountability in a CTN Clinical Trial. Beth Jeffries of the CCC will discuss planning for the management of medications used as an intervention or a supportive drug, describing tools for tracking, implementation challenges, and quality assurance considerations. Register here. . .

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Also of Interest

ATTC Messenger for September 2016: Featured article on National Recovery Month from Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD, of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA). Read the issue. . .

National Recovery Month. Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Find out more. . .


Upcoming Meetings & Trainings

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

Addiction Health Services Research 2016. Seattle, WA, October 13-15, 2016. Find out more. . .

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