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The NIDA International Forum fosters international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by substance use and addiction researchers and highlights the range and quality of substance use and addiction research conducted around the world. This unique scientific meeting allows participants to network with talented colleagues, learn about substance use research and policy issues in other countries, and discuss NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaboration. There is no fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.


All times noted are Eastern Time.

June 7

08:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop (Optional): How to Get Your Addiction Research Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Richard Pates, International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)

Learn about selecting a journal, preparing manuscripts, making editorial decisions, responding to reviewers, and revising and resubmitting.

June 8

08:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Plenary Session

Co-Chairs: Tom Clarke and Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA

08:00 a.m.

Welcome and NIDA Updates

  • Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, NIDA
  • Tom Clarke and Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA
08:30 a.m.

Scalable Treatment and Care for Psychoactive Stimulant Use Disorders — Evidence, Clinical Practice, and Emerging Research

Chair: Anja Busse, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Austria

Updated Stimulant Using Patterns From the Upcoming World Drug Report 2023

  • Kamran Niaz, UNODC, Austria

  • Established and Emerging Psychosocial Interventions for Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders

  • Steven Shoptaw, University of California Los Angeles

  • Emerging Pharmacological Interventions for the Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders

  • Nadine Ezard, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) and St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Australia
  • Brendan Clifford, NCCRED, and University of New South Wales, and St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Australia

  • Krista Siefried, NCCRED, University of New South Wales, and St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Australia

  • Current Situation, Practices, and Challenges in Stimulant Use Disorder Treatment Around the World

  • Le Minh Giang, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

  • Thiago Fidalgo, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Goodman Sibeko, University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • Latest Review of the WHO Mental Health Gap Programme (mhGAP) and Relevant Findings for Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders in Primary Healthcare Settings

  • Dzmitry Krupchanka, World Health Organization, Switzerland

  • 10:00 a.m.


    10:15 a.m.

    International Research and Training: Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges

    Chair: Carly Searcy, International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)

    COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Impacts and Addiction Severity Among Service Users in Selected Substance Use Treatment Facilities in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Stephen Asatsa, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

  • Role of Guidance and Counseling in Addressing Cannabis Use Among University Students in the South Rift Region of Kenya

  • Gladys Mutai Bett, University of Kabianga, Kenya

  • Determinants of Substance Use Among Young People Attending Primary Healthcare Centers in India

  • U Venkatesh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

  • 11:15 a.m.

    International Cannabis Policy and Implications for Research

    Chair: Gillian Schauer, Cannabis Regulators Association

    Hanan Abramovici, Health Canada, Canada

    Ivana Obradovic, French Monitoring Center for Drugs, France

    Daniel Radio, National Drugs Commission, Uruguay

    June 9

    08:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

    Plenary Session

    Co-Chairs: Tom Clarke and Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA

    08:30 a.m.


    • Tom Clarke and Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA
    08:35 a.m.

    Substance Use Disorder Issues and Rural Health

    Co-Chairs: Lindsey Friend, International Program, NIDA and Wendy Kliewer, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Kratom Research in Rural Areas, Southern Thailand

  • Darika Saingam, INVEST fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Access to Health in Rural Settings: Sudan’s Experience and Lessons Learned

  • Ashwag Abdulrahim, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University and Co-founder, DAR Innovation

  • Impacting Society at the Roots

  • Marcella Katjijova, Former HHH Fellow, Namibia

  • 09:35 a.m.

    PAHO Media Campaigns Addressing Addiction Issues

    • Maristela Monteiro, Pan American Health Organization (Retired)
    10:05 a.m.


    10:20 a.m.

    Building a Global Quality Assurance System for Treatment Services and Systems

    European Efforts in Quality Assurance of Treatment Services

  • Marica Ferri, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Portugal

  • Key International Standards for Quality Assurance in Treatment

  • Anja Busse, UNODC, Austria

  • Program for International Quality Assurance in Treatment (PIQAT)

  • Mariano Montenegro, Colombo Plan, Chile

  • International Consortium on Quality Assurance in Treatment (ICQ)

  • Rita Notarandrea, International Consortium on Quality Assurance in Treatment

  • June 8 - June 15

    Continuously in the NIDA International Forum Virtual Poster Gallery

    International Research Posters

    Learn about research conducted outside of the United States at this NIDA International Forum poster session.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
    Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
    The event will remain open 24/7 for 6 months. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. We understand your schedule may not allow you to attend all of the live sessions of the event.
    This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.
    • Watch live online presentations from global substance use and addiction research professionals.
    • Download valuable educational materials to access later.
    Yes. Like any physical event where takeaway materials are available, participants can collect materials to have available later.
    Yes! Please invite your friends and colleagues to join the event with you!