NEXT GENERATION OF LATINO DRUG ABUSE EXPERTS AT UH TO LEARN, TEACH
National experts on drug abuse in the Latino community will be
at the University of Houston for a weeklong conference to address
current issues and research, and guide new scholars as they study
Sponsored by the UH Graduate College of Social Work’s Office
for Drug and Social Policy Research (ODSPR), the National Hispanic
Science Network on Drug Abuse Summer Research Training Institute
on Hispanic Drug Abuse is planned for June 4 - 13 at the Hilton
University of Houston Hotel. The National Institutes of Health and
the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are also sponsors of
“Drug abuse continues to disproportionately impact ethnic
minorities in the U.S., particularly minority youth,” Avelardo
Valdez, professor and ODSPR director, said. “Still, the number
of researchers studying the problem remains relatively small. We
need to prepare the next generation of drug researchers for the
consequences of drug abuse in Latino populations.”
This is the sixth year UH has hosted the event, which will inform
and train new scholars pursuing research on the factors that influence
Latinos to abuse drugs. Sixteen pre- and post- doctoral fellows
were selected to participate in the seminar—two are coming
from as far away as Spain.
Throughout the week, featured speakers from the National Institute
on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health will answer
questions and lead discussions about new research. In addition,
experts will discuss Drug Use and HIV/AIDS, Identifying Research
Needs and Gaps on Hispanic Drug Abuse, Latinos and HIV/AIDS and
Community Based Research on Drug Abuse and Latinos.
For more information on the National Hispanic Science Network,
please visit www.nhsn.med.miami.edu/.
For more information on the UH Graduate College of Social Work’s
Office for Drug and Social Policy Research, visit www.uh.edu/odspr/.
||UH Graduate School of Social Work’s Office for
Drug and Social Policy Research
||National Hispanic Science Network’s Summer Research
Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse
||8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 4 - 13
||Hilton University of Houston Hotel. For directions and parking
information, please visit www.uh.edu/campus_map/buildings/CHC.html
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