el faro

Volume 4, Issue 1December 2011

El Faro Staff

Felisa Gonzalez, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Meghan (Garvey) Lally, M.A., Co-Editor
Nicole (Nicky) M. Cano, MPH, Newsletter Coordinator

This Month's Contributors

Richard De La Garza, Ph.D.

Antonio Jesús Molina Fernández, Ph.D.

Maria Rosa Solorio, Ph.D.

Ian A. Mendez, Ph.D.

National Steering Committee

Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D., NHSN Chair

Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., NHSN Executive Director

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.

Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.

James Anthony, Ph.D.

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

Richard De La Garza, II, Ph.D.

Diana Martínez, M.D.

Maria Elena Medina-Mora, Ph.D.

Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Yonette Thomas, Ph.D.

Avelardo Valdez, Ph.D.

Volume 4, Issue 1

Pharmacological treatment of addiction: Obstacles in identifying and testing medications

by Dr. Richard De La Garza

"I know enough about life, the world, the brain, genetics and the environment to understand that addiction is a very complicated disease...Interacting with these individuals keeps me coming to work every day. Knowing that no effective treatment exists often keeps me up at night, but it also motivates me to try, try, try again to find a medication or behavioral intervention that will help them stop using and hopefully regain some semblance of normality in their lives." (View Full Article)


Members in the Spotlight

Career Diva: Ten Fatal Flaws of NIH Grant Submissions (and how to avoid them), By Drs. Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson


Note from the Editor, by Ian A. Mendez, Ph.D.
Welcome Message from the Editor of El Faro: La Voz de la Red, by Dr. Ian Mendez

In this issue, we will present a number of articles that will further discuss ideas related to the treatment of addiction, as well as equalizing health opportunities for Hispanics. (View Full Article)


New Member Interviews

Check out our interview with one of our new members, Kouassi Ayikoe, Ibis S. Carrión González, Tatiana M. Davidson, Richard de la Garza II, Robert Duran, Bernard Fuemmeler, Shi Huang, Roberto I. Melendez, Luisel Ricks-Santi, Federico E. Vaca, and Margit Wiesner. (View Full Article)


2011 Annual Scientific Conferece
"Pathways toward Health Equities in Hispanic Populations"

The NHSN 11th Annual International Scientific Conference was held in Coral Gables, FL, from August 24 - 27, 2011. The theme of this year’s conference was Health Equities in Hispanic Populations, and focused on the integration of research perspectives that can guide improvements for the health of Hispanic individuals, families, and communities. This integration served to promote health equities across a broad range of minority populations and communities facing adversities. (View Full Article)


The International Front
My opinion about networking in drugs treatment and research, by Dr. Antonio Jesús Molina Fernández

"Why is there distance between drug research and rehabilitation treatments?...I think maybe it´s a methodological problem, maybe we are looking for solution to a multifactorial problem using reductionism. Maybe we are brain, but we are also body, spirit, family, society, culture. Maybe we are biology and neuropsychology, but we are also anthropology, sociology, philosophy, economy, and education. How are all these disciplines integrated in the actual drug research?" (View Full Article)


Early Career Leadership
My New Investigator Award to conduct a study entitled, Development of an Intervention to Increase HIV Testing among Latino Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

"My background is somewhat unique for a researcher and...These combined experiences have led me to a new area in research; to develop effective mass media HIV prevention messages for Latino youth. I am interested in youth who are heterosexual as well as those who are homosexual. Considering that the HIV epidemic is having a severe impact on homosexual youth, I have decided to target this group first with interventions." (View Full Article)


Letters of the Day
This section contains a list of recommended scientific and news related websites, online journals, blogs, and search engines that may be useful to our membership.

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