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International Focused Events

International Networking Forum

Date:  Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The International Networking Forum is designed to bring together colleagues who are working in the international arena on prevention science research, programs, and policies.  This is an interactive forum and it is not a workshop nor a didactic session; rather it is an effort to foster international collaboration in pursuit of promoting prevention science world-wide.  Participation is key to the forum.  The forum is sponsored by the International Task Force and each year, projects are addressed that will further the underlying goal of supporting and networking colleagues who work in the international arena.

NIDA International Poster Session and Reception

Date:  Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The International Program and Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 10th Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session. The poster session will take place in conjunction with the SPR Tuesday Evening Poster Session and Opening Reception. Posters will highlight drug and/or alcohol use prevention research, including research on drug/alcohol-related HIV/AIDS prevention. The research presentations will have been conducted in international settings by international researchers, domestic researchers, or bi-national teams.

SPR International Committee Invited Symposium

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Importance of the Nexus Between Alcohol and HIV/AIDS for Prevention: Research, Practice and Policy Implications

AIDS and Behavior, devoted a special issue to addressing the nexus between alcohol and HIV/AIDS (Vol. 21(2)-Suppl, November 2017). This issue focused on how alcohol use and heavy drinking impacts HIV/AIDS both in terms of increasing risks for acquiring and increasing progression of the disease. Based upon recent research conducted throughout the world, we can conclude that there is a causal relationship between drinking and acquisition of HIV. This roundtable discussion will highlight the current state of our knowledge regarding this nexus and provide an overview of key gaps in knowledge that remain. A second area of discussion will focus on how to create the prevention focus within the prevention to treatment continuum to address the AOD and HIV/AIDS nexus. This includes recognition of the differing needs among different sub-populations, how equal access for prevention is addressed, and the need to tailor prevention interventions for special populations. Our third area of discussion will focus on both international and U.S. priorities for funding and the existing infrastructures of resources that are envisioned to address this nexus. Directions for future action and research will be discussed, in context of the existing body of research, policy, and practice that exists. Invited speakers for the roundtable will respond to these key areas and time will be set aside for audience participation.

Chair: Brenda Miller, PhD, Prevention Research Center/PIRE


Thomas F. Babor, PhD, Professor, UConn Health, Department of Community Medicine & Health Care

  1. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MS, FACP, Chief, Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Sciences, Professor of Population Health and Medicine, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine

Niranjan Saggurti, PhD, Director, India Office, Population Council

Jean J. Schensul, PhD, Senior Scientist/Founding Director, Institute for Community Research, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, UCONN Health Center