Advances in Etiologic and Intervention Models in Hispanic Addiction Research


    NHSN 9th International Conference
    Advances in Etiologic and Intervention Models in Hispanic Addiction Research

    October 29-October 31, 2009
    Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Miami

    The NHSN is dedicated to improving the health equity of Hispanics by:

    • Increasing the amount, quality, and disseminatio n of interdisciplinary translational research and;
    • Fostering the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders.

    Conference Overview

    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.

    Conference Co-Chairs

    Antonio Cepeda-Benito, Ph.D.
    Texas A&M University

    Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D.
    National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Laura O’Dell, Ph.D.
    University of Texas, El Paso

    Victoria Ojeda, Ph.D.
    University of California, San Diego

    Conference Program