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October 5, 2010 to October 7, 2010
Neuroscience Center Conference Rooms C and D Rockville, Maryland


Kathy Etz, Ph.D.
Chair, American Indian and Alaska Native Coordinating Committee

Meeting Objectives:

  • Enhance substance abuse epidemiology, prevention, and treatment research among American Indians and Alaska Native populations:
    • Lay the foundation to network investigators working in this research area
    • Determine the state of the science of AI/AN substance abuse research, and identify research gaps with recommendations for next steps
    • Provide intensive technical assistance to early career investigators in this field

Meeting Implementation:

  • State of the Science Presentations
    • 19 presentations from NIH funded investigators
  • Expert Panel
    • 2.5 hour session to provide recommendations
  • Technical Assistance
    • 26 concepts reviewed, 32 travel awards
      • Prior to meeting: Concepts submitted, vetted, returned with comments for revision, distributed for review
    • Presentations, panel, Q & A
    • Individual concept review

Identified Priority Areas:

  • Multi-faceted interventions to address the complexities of substance abuse in this population including a focus on protective factors within Native communities
  • Support infrastructure development between and within universities and Native communities to provide a foundation for future research in this area
  • Technical assistance to new investigators to strengthen future research
  • Basic research in areas such as epidemiology including large scale investigations
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Validated measures and tests of existing evidence-based interventions, perhaps culturally adapted or culturally grounded
  • Expanded models and frameworks to incorporate, for example, relationships, risk and protective factors, health services and health policy research
  • Further meetings on the state of the science and technical assistance opportunities

Next Steps:

  • Identify scientific gap areas and areas ripe for immediate action
    • Summary report on research direction/processes based on expert panel session
    • Find strategies to stimulate science
  • Work to disseminate science
  • Determine ways to support infrastructure development phase for communities and academic partners
  • Identify opportunities for technical assistance including web-based trainings, conferences, and grant development workshops
  • Continue outreach and networking of AI/AN Substance Abuse Researchers


Note: This meeting was held in with support from NIDA, NIAAA, NCI, and OBSSR.