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October 18, 2016   

Double Wednesday Webinar Whammy!



Woman with computerTomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, features two free webinars for CTN members and the public to choose from! It's going to be hard to choose!

First up, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT), is the pilot episode of an exciting new series of discussions pertaining to CTN collaborations with SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Titled, "NIDA CTN Initiatives and Primary Care Opioid Use Disorders Treatment Trial Briefing," the webinar will begin with CSAT's new director, Dr. Kimberly Johnson, sharing her vision and goals for that organization.

From there, Dr. Betty Tai of NIDA will provide a brief overview of the NIDA CTN initiatives. And finally, Dr. Katharine Bradley of the Health Systems Node will speak regarding the CTN's hybrid implementation trial, the Primary Care Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) Treatment Trial (for more on that study, see "News from the Health Systems Node" below!). Find out how to join the webinar here. . .

The second Wednesday webinar, starting at 1:00pm (EDT), is the latest in the Clinical Coordinating Center's CTN series, this time focusing on "Preparation for Drug Management and Accountability in a CTN Clinical Trial." Presented by Patricia Novo of NYU's School of Medicine and Beth Jeffries of the NIDA CCC, it will discuss drug management planning and implementation considerations for trials in the CTN.

This webinar, as with the others in the CCC/CTN series, will be archived on the CTN Dissemination Library's Trainings & Webinars page fairly soon after it runs. Find out how to join this webinar here. . .

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Save the Date! August 15-17, 2017.

UCLA's Summer Institute on Longitudinal Research and the 2017 International Conference on Global Health will take place in Universal City, California, from August 15-17, 2017.

Mark your calendars and watch for additional details to be announced soon!

Download the flyer here.

CTN Trial Progress

Study results for Open Studies as of the October 17 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 118

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 91

Total Enrolled in all Studies: 24,104

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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Funding Opportunity Announcements

NIH logoNIH has two open FOAs that might be of interest to CTN researchers:

PAR-16-455: Multi-Site Studies for System-Level Implementation Use Prevention and Treatment Services (R01). First application due date is December 15, 2016.

PAR-16-456: Multi-Site Pilot & Feasibility Studies for System-Level Implementation of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (R34). First application due date is December 15, 2016.

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News from the Nodes

Northeast Node

CTN NEast Node logoOn October 5, the CTN's Northeast Node held its 2016 Annual Meeting on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH for our Node partners and investigators.

Director Lisa Marsch described the Node’s current projects, resources for Node partners, as well as future directions for the Node. We were pleased to have Dr. Betty Tai provide an overview of the national CTN and how the Northeast Node fits into this national research infrastructure. Panels of expert speakers from each of our represented regions provided attendees with a "state of the state" for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Not surprisingly, each state’s health priority was on opioid abuse and models to tackle the crisis.

Speakers discussed medication-assisted treatment models; the region's opioid epidemic; an integrated obstetrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric, and pediatric care program for pregnant moms; and Manchester's innovative "Safe Station" program, which encourages people to seek help at fire stations in the city. That speaker, the program's director Christopher Hickey, will present at the Northeast Node’s next Science Series webinar on November 10.

The Node is thankful for our partners’ dedication to continued working relationships and networking capabilities within our Node. We were so pleased to hear about the work being done in each of the three states, and how aligned that work is with the mission of the CTN. We look forward to continued efforts to strengthen partnerships and bring national research opportunities to the Northeast. Read more about the meeting here. . .

Mid-Southern Node

CTN NEast Node logoThe CTN-0071-Ot study team would like to extend a HUGE thank you to each node that has helped gather information to get our project started. Pilot testing is now underway! We expect to begin official study procedures by late October or early November; please let your collaborators know to be on the lookout for our emails. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming months!

As a reminder, the immediate purpose of this work is to identify electronic health record (EHR) data available today and in the near future at healthcare facilities participating in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The overarching goal is to address a critical barrier to progress in substance use disorder (SUD) research and support planning on the CTN for research infrastructure to leverage EHR data for research informing SUD screening, intervention, treatment, and referral efforts. Read more about the study's aims here. . .

Pacific Northwest Node

CTN NEast Node logoThe Pacific Northwest Node is proud to announce that one of its members, Kari Stephens, PhD, was just featured as one of nine "rising stars" in the the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology journal. The piece features a “group of early career psychologists who confronted problems and found unique ways to solve them.”

Dr. Stephens, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Science department, is recognized for her work on "extracting elusive health data" by leading a groundbreaking project that aims to help community health clinics gather research data using electronic health records.

That project, Data QUEST, is capable of harmonizing EHR data from multiple clinics using different platforms across the 5-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. Both the CDC and NIDA are already using the system in their research, and the data have also been used by UW researchers studying wellness counseling for Native American women. Read more. . .

Health Systems Node

CTN NEast Node logoThe Primary care Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) Treatment Trial is being led by Kathy Bradley of the Health Systems Node.

The trial is broken into two phases: Phase 1 will assess the current state of health care for persons with opiate use disorders (OUD) and prepare for Phase 2 -- a pragmatic trial. The pragmatic trial will test whether a collaborative care model of OUD treatment in primary care increases access to medication treatment for OUDs compared to usual care.

The PROUD study Phase 1 is pleased to announce the 11 participating health systems, selected based on data availability, size, and geographic representation. These sites will be preparing IRB applications and data use agreements this fall, and joining calls to plan for stakeholder interviews and data acquisition in January-February 2017 when funding arrives. Read more. . .

Greater New York Node

The X:BOT Lead Team would like to congratulate Turquoise Lodge Hospital for completing participant activity in CTN-0051. Our heartfelt thanks to the participants, the site staff and the research team for a job well done!

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New from the CTN Dissemination Library

journal coversAn Item Bank for Abuse of Prescription Pain Medication from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). Pilkonis PA; et al. Pain Medicine 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Ethical and Clinical Safety Considerations in the Design of an Effectiveness Trial: A Comparison of Buprenorphine Versus Naltrexone Treatment for Opioid Dependence. Nunes EV, et al. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Current Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in a Randomized Clinical Trial for Adults with Stimulant Use Disorders. Warden D, et al. Psychiatry Research 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

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Also of Interest

Call for Papers: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs special section. JSAD is inviting manuscripts for a special section of the journal on Novel Approaches to the Study of Mechanisms of Behavioral Change in Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders. Send letter of intent, title, abstract by January 5, 2017; manuscripts due April 1, 2017. Find out more here.


Upcoming Meetings & Trainings

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!