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Fall Newsletter 2019

Regional Activities

Gregor Burkhart, MD, MPH, presented a keynote: "Is Prevention Science Relevant to its Clients' Needs?"
4th Annual ICUDDR Conference
On July 21-23 2019, the fourth annual ICUDDR conference was held in Cusco, Peru.  During this event, there were excellent keynote speakers, great plenary sessions, fantastic Master classes, and a lot of strong networking.  Approximately 385 participants were there - representing 46 Universities and 31 countries around the globe!

The agenda was packed with excellent presentations and esteemed presenters, including
Addressing Motivation for Change by Igor Koutsenok, Bibliometric Analysis of alcohol and substance use in Africa by Roy Tapera, Building Trauma Informed Treatment in Clinical Practice_A Curriculum for Addictions and MH Students and Counselors by Nancy Burley, Determinants of Internship Practicum for Addiction Studies by Lubna Altaf Hussain, Evaluating the Quality of Training Programs by Susan Henriques, and UPC Dissemination Innovations by Richard Spoth, William Crano, and Kris Bosworth.  Links to the presentations can be found at  
Lisa A. Marsch, PhD, presented a keynote: "Integrating Digital Therapies for Substance Use Disorder Treatment into Addiction Care"


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Ana Lisbeth Schneider de Diaz, MD, MSc, and Ligia Argentina Palacios Munoz, MS, MSc, presented their poster at the 4th Annual ICUDDR Conference in Peru: "Epidemiological profile of tranquilizers consumption in students of first, third and FIFA high school grade in Guatemala in 2014"

January 2021
The next ICUDDR conference
will be in partnership with ISSUP
and held in Abu Dhabi

Left: Fernando Silva Salazar, PhD, ICUDDR board member, conference planning committee member, host for conference in Peru; Right: Michal Miovsky, PhD, President ICUDDR 

ICUDDR Survey Results

We have begun to analyze the results of the ICUDDR membership survey that was conducted from January through April this year. We had a 50% response rate with 79 members participating.  The top four ways you are hoping ICUDDR will help you in the coming years are:

1.       Using addiction science in education programs

2.       Sharing implementation models (how to implement the curricula into the practice and context of your university)

3.       Support in finding partners for addiction science research

4.       Training/coaching/mentoring in promoting of best education and training practices

One finding that surprised us is that most of you offer academic courses, but not a degree program.


New Resource

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has launched a new online education platform, SRNT University. “SRNT-U” is a collection of organized, curated training, scientific articles, and tools and resources for people working in nicotine and tobacco research and related professions. Much of the content applies to multiple research areas across public health, including addiction research. Most content is open and can be accessed by anyone who registers for a free account. Content that may be of interest to ICUDDR members includes:

·         Research Methodologies & Skills section--links to information and training on a full range of research methodologies and skills, from identifying a research question through to presenting study results.
·         Areca Nut Collection--background information and links to a few key papers on areca nut or betel quid.

·         Tools & Resources section--links to data, tools, organizations, and other resources useful to those working in nicotine and tobacco and related research.

Implementation Corner
Each newsletter we will answer your questions about challenges you face while working to plan, develop, advocate for, and implement addiction studies programs at your University.  This quarter we will discuss preparing an addiction studies program based on learning outcomes:
- Try to have a student centered approach: This includes interactivity, respecting students' individuality, flexibility of curriculum, involvement in governance structures, and creating a supportive and inspiring learning environment.
- Utilizing a Competency model: An outcome-cased approach to educate that incorporates modes of instructional delivery and assessment efforts designed to evaluate students through their demonstration of the knowledge, attitudes, values, skills, and behaviors required for the degree sought (Gervais, 2016). 
** Want more information on this topic?  See Preparing an Addiction Study Program Based on Learning Outcomes by Michal Miovsky and Anna Vondrova.
Watch for the ICUDDR implementation guide, coming later this year.  
Do you have questions about implementation that you would like answered?  Please contact us at

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