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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!

News from the Health Systems Node

Node News

2024 Emerging Leader Awards from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies The Health Systems Node is pleased to announce and congratulate Jennifer Bobb, PhD Associate Scientific Investigator in the Biostatistics Division at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, on receiving one of the 2024 Emerging Leader Awards from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.  This award is given to up to 8 early career statisticians (international award eligible for all statisticians) who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of statistical science.  Dr. Bobb was specifically recognized for…

CTN Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting, April 16 – Updated start time: 2:45pm ET

Quarterly SC Meeting

The next Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 2:45 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. ET. Note: this is an updated start time! Join using this link | Download agenda If you would like to be added to the calendar invitation please email ctnsupport@leedmci.com. Also, while we will not convene in person this Spring, we are excited to announce our next in-person meeting will be held in the Fall of 2024 to coincide with the CTN 25th Anniversary. Please stay tuned for a formal announcement…

SAMHSA’s Final Rule on MOUD Published

In February of this year, SAMHSA published a final rule allowing for the flexible use of medications to treat opioid use disorder in Opioid Treatment Programs that were enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic to become permanent. Highlights of this modification include: This rule (89 FR 7528) became effective on April 2, 2024, and providers need to be in compliance by October 2, 2024. The specifics and further details can be found on the Federal Register website.

News from the New York Node: Welcome Ryan D. McDonald!

Node News

The New York Node is pleased to welcome Ryan D. McDonald as their new Node Coordinator. Ryan has worked at New York University Grossman School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health for over 12 years under Joshua Lee, MD, MSc. He joined Dr. Lee’s research team in 2011 as a Research Coordinator and since then has moved his way up to Project Manager, Program Manager, and most recently Program Director of research for the Department of Population Health’s Lee Lab. Most recently, Ryan managed a large multisite trial…

New in the Library (Mar – Apr 2024)

New in the Library

Here are the latest items added to the CTN Dissemination Library for March – April 2024 (this post will be updated as new items come in):  National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Meeting Report: Managing Patients Exposed to Xylazine-Adulterated Opioids in Emergency, Hospital and Addiction Care Settings. Perrone J, et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2024 (in press). Medication-Based Treatment Among Rural, Primary Care Patients Diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder. Kan E, et al. Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment 2024 (in press)….

Northeast Node Webinar: Emergency Department Initiation of Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment (April 25, 2024, 12pm ET)

Science Series April 2024

In this session, Javad S. Mashkuri, MD (Central Vermont Medical Center) will review protocols for emergent treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in the Emergency Department (ED), discuss linkage and coordination of AUD care from ED to outpatient settings, discuss the role of peer recovery/ED care management in care planning and transitions, and will utilize case studies to illustrate the Refocus on Alcohol Dependence (ROAD) experience. Connect to Zoom (meeting ID & link): 919 7631 6490Passcode: 870392April 25, 2024 | 12-1pm ET 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit available….

C-DIAS: Fellowship in Addiction: Dissemination & Implementation Science – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2024

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 deadline to apply for this year’s program has been extended to APRIL 15, 2024! 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…

Primary Care SIG Virtual Meeting: Are We There Yet? 25 Years of Research on Treating OUD In Primary Care – March 25, 9-10am PT

CTN Primary Care SIG

The Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) SIG is shifting focus to be the Primary Care SIG.  They meet every other month on the fourth Monday at 9 am PT/noon ET.  Please spread the word that all interested people are welcome to join! The next meeting will be Monday, March 25. Dr. David Fiellin is presenting.  Here are the login details: Primary Care SIG webinar on March 25th from 9-10am PDT/12-1pm EDT TOPIC: “Are we there yet? 25 years of research on treating OUD in primary care.”  SPEAKER: David Fiellin, MD Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public Health Vice Chief, Faculty Affairs, General Internal Medicine Director, Program…

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):  Protocol for Harmonization of Randomized Trials Testing the Addition of Behavioral Therapy to Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder. McHugh RK, et al. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports 2024 (in press). (CTN-0030) PrEP for People Who Use Opioids: A NIDA Clinical Trials Network Survey Study in Southern U.S. Cities Where HIV Incidence is High. Hatch M, et al. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2024;257:111133. (Primary outcomes…

Recording available: Cannabis and Mental Health (webinar)

CTN/ ATTC webinar: Cannabis and Mental Health

Did you miss this week’s CTN Western States Node webinar presented with the Northwest and Pacific Southwest ATTCs: Cannabis and Mental Health with Natania Crane, PhD? In this webinar, Dr. Crane, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic, provided 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. The Western States Node had record turnout for…

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…

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