“Advances in etiologic and intervention models in Hispanic addiction research”
2009 International Scientific Conference
About the Conference
The planning committee for the 2009 conference was quite purposeful in designing a scientific program that addressed a variety of scientific issues that are transdiciplinary in scope, and covered the spectrum of NHSN member interests. The opening plenary given by Terry Pechacek, Ph.D. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Lourdes Baezconde- Garbanati, Ph.D. from University of Southern California examined factors influencing smoking reduction in the United States. The opening panel then presented the latest scientific findings on the epidemiology and prevention of cigarette, alcohol, and drug use and abuse in adolescence.
Exciting and timely plenary presentations were given by the Director of NIDA, Nora Volkow, M.D., and Thomas McClellan, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Additional panels extended this focus on tobacco and alcohol addictions into intervention options as well as on the impact of genes and their environment on drugs of addiction. The conference also featured several special interest break-out sessions of technical and substantive interest to our members, in addition to mentoring and training activities to improve grant writing skills and overall scientific productivity.
Chair: Antonio Cepeda-Benito, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Co-Chair: Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Co-Chair: Laura O’Dell, Ph.D.
University of Texas, El Paso
Co-Chair: Victoria Ojeda, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego