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Updates from the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. Want to share some news about your protocol, node, publications or presentations, or other CTN-related work here and/or in the CTN Bulletin? Email us at ctnlib@uw.edu!

Fellowship in Addiction: Dissemination & Implementation Science – Applications due March 30

C-DIAS Fellowship in Addiction D&I Science

The C-DIAS Fellowship in Addiction Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science is designed for early or mid-career individuals who have a goal of using rigorous methods in D&I science to improve public access to a high quality of addiction treatment. The C-DIAS D&I Fellowship enables individuals to maintain full-time employment at their institutions while participating in the Fellowship. There is a one-week on-site experience at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), but otherwise the 2-year experience is remote with virtual activities. This year’s on-site experience will take place from September 11th to…

New in the Library (Feb-Mar 2024)

New in the Library

Here are the latest items added to the CTN Dissemination Library for February – March 2024 (this post will be updated as new items come in):  Referral of Patients from Rural Primary Care Clinics to Telemedicine Vendors for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: A Mixed-Methods Study. Lin C, et al. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 2024 (in press). (CTN-0102) Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Among Rural Primary Care Patients. Hser Y, et al. Journal of Rural Health 2024;40(1):195-199. (CTN-0102) Subthreshold Opioid Use Disorder Prevention (STOP) Trial: A Cluster Randomized Clinical…

Recording available! Research 101: CTN Nodes: Leveraging Partners and Resources in Clinical Trials

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This webinar from the CTN Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) completes a broad overview of the infrastructure of the NIDA CTN, including how Local Nodes interact with the sponsor as well as study sites. A summary of available resources for new nodes and research sites was provided for a variety of Local Node activities. Lastly, best practices were reviewed, as well as ways to avoid common mistakes. Facilitator: Lynn Kunkel, MS, CCRP Presenter: Frankie Kropp, MS, LICDCPresented on February 7, 2024 Watch the recording here | Find more CTN webinars here…

Migration to New CTNTPR.com Website

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The DSC is in the process of migrating to a brand new CTN website hosting Trial Progress Reports (TPR), study documents, and other resources, which is anticipated to go live March 4.  Existing active user accounts will remain intact, and users will retain the same permissions on the new website. Once the site goes “live,” users will be automatically navigated to the new site. However, please note that all users will be prompted to login and will need to set a new password. Users will enter their email address to request a new password….

CTN Primary Care SIG Updates

CTN Primary Care SIG

The Primary Care SIG aims to engage primary care in research, develop substance use treatment interventions relevant to community-based practice, and promote the transfer of evidence-based results from substance use research into community-based practices.   Next Primary Care SIG Meeting   “Are we there yet? 25 years of research on treating OUD in primary care.” March 25, 2024 | 12-1pm EST  Zoom link here. (Passcode: 201068) David Fiellin, MD Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public HealthVice Chief, Faculty Affairs, General Internal Medicine Director, Program in Addiction MedicineYale School of Medicine  The Primary Care SIG is…

NIDA HIV Research Program Seminar: Novel Neurogenomic Techniques to Explore HIV in the Brain (April 17, 10am PT)

HIV Seminar Series, April 17, 2024

Join NIDA’s next HIV Research Program Seminar on April 17, 2024 at 10am PT, with our Avant-Garde Award recipient Dr. Schahram Akbarian, Professor of Psychiatric Epigenomics at Mount Sinai. Dr. Akbarian will present a talk on “Novel Neurogenomic Techniques to Explore #HIV in the Brain.” Dr. Akbarian’s laboratory explores the neurogenomics of HIV and drug use in human and mouse brains, including single-molecule and single-cell technologies.  Download flyer | Register here

CTN WS Node / ATTC Webinar: Cannabis and Mental Health (Feb 28, 11am PT)

CTN/ ATTC webinar: Cannabis and Mental Health

The CTN Western States Node and the Northwest and Pacific Southwest ATTCs are hosting their next joint webinar on February 28, 2024, from 11am-12:30pm PT. In this session, Natania Crane, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic, will provide current information on research and treatment related to cannabis use and mental health, including recent changes in cannabis use, how the endocannabinoid system may regulate mental health symptoms, and what we currently know about cannabis use and mental health. Dr. Natania Crane’s research uses multiple methods…

CTN Youth SIG Webinar: The Power of Play: Using Digital Health Games to Target Adolescent Substance Use and Mental Health (March 15, 11am ET)

CTN Youth SIG Webinar: The Power of Play. March 15, 2024, 11am-12pm ET

The CTN Youth SIG is pleased to invite you to an upcoming presentation/webinar: The Power of Play: Using Digital Health Games to Target Adolescent Substance Use and Mental Health Presenter: Lynn Fiellin, M.D. Friday, March 15th, 2024 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET)Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 977 1685 1154Passcode: 832521 This presentation will highlight the work of the play2PREVENT Lab, an academic games research program, and the use of serious videogame interventions to impact health outcomes, particularly substance use and mental health, in adolescents. This talk will outline the process and outcomes involved with…

REMINDER for CTN Members: The Publications Subcommittee Needs One Month Notice for Review!

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The Publication Committee would like to remind authors that papers, presentations, posters, workshops and abstracts should be submitted to the Publications Committee for prior review and approval at least a month in advance of submission to journals or conferences.   Also, the Publication Committee welcomes volunteers to serve as protocol review team members for ongoing CTN studies.   Please email Jack Blaine (jblaine@nih.gov) and Susan Sonne (sonnesc@musc.edu). Thank you.

NIDA CTN DI Mentor-Facilitated Training Awards Develop Future Leaders in SUD Education

CTN Dissemination Initiative

Since 2012, the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative (NIDA CTN DI) Mentor-Facilitated Training (MFT) awards have supported health care trainees in the dissemination of best practices in substance use disorder (SUD) screening, prevention, and treatment. Physicians, physician associates, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists across the country have benefited from the program, which funds year-long, mentored dissemination projects. MFT awardees identify gaps in evidence-based SUD knowledge and treatment delivery, and address these gaps by creating trainings, workshops, and tools and resources for their colleagues and other…

New in the Library, Dec. 2023-Jan. 2024

New in the Library

Here are the latest items added to the CTN Dissemination Library for December 2023 – January 2024 (this post will be updated as new items come in): Webinars Alliances to Disseminate Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT): A Learning Health System to Improve Evidence-based Practices and Treatment, presented by Matt Aalsma, PhD. (CTN Translation & Implementation SIG webinar, 2023) Human-Centered Implementation Science? Improving the Design and Adaptation of Our Best Interventions and Strategies, presented by Aaron Lyon, PhD. (CTN Translation & Implementation SIG webinar, June 2023) When to Start Caring About…

News from the Appalachian Node

Node News

A rural clinic in New Martinsville WV affiliated with the Appalachian Node and West Virginia University has been selected as a site in CTN-0102-XR study Rural Expansion of Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. This is a Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Extended-release Buprenorphine (XR-BUP) vs. Sublingual Buprenorphine-naloxone (SL-BUP) in rural settings. The study is anticipated to get underway in the first quarter of 2024. Posted on 1/10/2024

Primary Care SIG Webinar: Primary Care Practice Engagement: The SPARC Trial (Jan. 22, 12pm ET)

Primary Care Practice Engagement: The SPARC Trial to Increase Alcohol-Related Prevention and Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) SIG is transitioning to a Primary Care SIG (revitalizing the PBRN into primary care focus). To launch this, the Primary Care SIG is hosting a webinar titled Primary Care Practice Engagement: The SPARC Trial to Increase Alcohol-Related Prevention and Treatment. This virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2024 from 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. ET. Speaker: Kathy Bradley, M.D. (Health Systems Node) Description: Dr. Bradley will speak on her team’s experience engaging primary care clinics in the SPARC trial. SPARC…

News from the Greater Southern California Node

Node News

Awards Congratulations to Dr. Lillian Gelberg, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Health Policy and Management, UCLA, for receiving the 2023 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research! The Wood Award is given annually to honor a researcher who has made outstanding contributions to primary care research. Among Gelberg’s achievements are her pioneering research on health disparities, including work that helps people who are experiencing homelessness, as well as her efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care, such as patient-centered approaches to prevent substance use disorders in low-income patients of…

News from the New England Consortium Node

Node News

E. Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHA, was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The ASCI is a prestigious honor society for physician-scientists. Founded in 1908, the ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest medical honor societies and is among the few organizations focused on the special role of physician-scientists in research, clinical care, and medical education, as well as leadership positions in academic medicine and the life sciences industry. Roger Weiss, MD, delivered the Eric D. Hadar Distinguished Lecture in Psychiatry at Columbia University on 11/15/2023 on “Integrating Pharmacotherapy…

CTN Youth SIG Webinar: Youth Perspectives on Fentanyl (Jan. 19, 11am ET)

CTN Youth SIG: Upcoming webinar

The CTN Youth SIG is pleased to invite you to an upcoming presentation/webinar: Title: Unveiling Youth Perspectives on Fentanyl and the Adolescent Inpatient Addiction Treatment Landscape in the U.S.Presenters: Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH and Erin Stack, MSDate: Friday, January 19th, 2024 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET)Join Zoom Meeting: https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/91937382102?pwd=OXJyK3NCOE1LaTZtQkVQUm42WlJhQT09Zoom Meeting ID: 919 3738 2102Passcode: 284403 Dr. Todd Korthuis is Professor of Medicine and Addiction Medicine Section Head at Oregon Health & Science University. He conducts addiction health services research and serves as Co-PI of the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse…

News from the Appalachian Node

Node News

On October 25, 2023 and as part of the annual Appalachian Node, WVU hosted a meeting entitled “Building a Healthier Appalachia: Collaborative Solutions to Substance Use Disorders Across the Region” at the WVU Alumni Center (Morgantown, WV). The conference was co-facilitated by the WVU Research Office and brought together policy makers, community leaders, treatment providers, trainees and local as well as national researchers (~60 attendees not affiliated with the node). The goal of the conference was to advance knowledge of empirically based interventions for individuals with substance use disorders and…

RECORDING AVAILABLE: Addictions Research Meets Lived Experience: Lessons Learned, Opportunities and Challenges (Oct. 30, 1pm ET)

CCTN Webinar October 3, 2023

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) recently hosted a webinar titled Addictions Research Meets Lived Experience: Lessons Learned, Opportunities and Challenges (October 30, 2023). Peer support services have expanded to a wide variety of health service settings, and evaluating the impact of peer services is an important addition to the research agenda. In this webinar, the presenters and panel members shared lessons learned in conducting trials with persons with lived experience -peers-participating as an integral component of the intervention. The goal of the webinar was to assist investigators in designing future studies with peers as…

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