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CDUHR Weekly Update - May 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 10:30-11:30am
Moral Distress among Frontline Workers Conducting Research Involving Drug Use and HIV Risk
Celia Fisher, PhD- Fordham University, Director of the Center for Ethics Education
NYU College of Nursing, Nursing Conference Room, 726 Broadway, 10th Floor
Please contact Chris Hilliard ( for more information.

NYU Addiction Research Dissemination and Implementation Sustainability (ARDIS) Discussion Series
Wednesday, May 16, 12:00-1:00pm
Richard Saitz, MD - Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Presenting and discussing the current picture of evidence supporting the effectiveness of screening and brief intervention for unhealthy substance use. Screening can identify the spectrum of unhealthy use, from use that increases the risk of harm(s), through to dependence.  Observational data suggest large effects on substance use, healthcare utilization and costs. RCTs may underestimate effects. But, there has yet to be a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of screening (and BI) versus no screening (the evidence we really need). On the other hand, there is robust RCT evidence in support of SBI versus screening only, for nondependent unhealthy alcohol use in primary care settings. The evidence for drugs and the evidence for SBI (drugs or alcohol) in other settings is limited at best, as is the evidence for efficacy outside tightly controlled studies. So what are the implications for policy and practice? How much evidence should be required?
227 E 30th street, 6th floor conference room
Please contact Shana Wright ( for more information

HIV Center Grand Rounds
Thursday, May 17, 9:30-11:00am
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Physician-Patient Communication about HIV Antiretroviral Medications
Ira Wilson, MD, MSc - Brown University, Dept of Health Services, Policy & Practice
New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Room 6602

Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43)
For research training programs to strengthen the HIV research capacity at low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. Each application should propose a training program that will build or strengthen research capacity in an applicant-defined HIV-related scientific topic at an identified LMIC institution.

Limited Competition: Planning Grant for Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D71)
To encourage institutions in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) to submit an application for a planning grant under the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program.  This program supports research training that will strengthen the HIV research capacity of institutions in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC).  The planning grant application must propose a plan to develop the components necessary for an application for a research training program to submit in response to D43 FOA (PAR-12-068 for D43 FOA).

Training Programs for Critical HIV Research Infrastructure for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11)
To encourage U.S. institutions with research collaborations at low-and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions to submit applications for training programs to strengthen the leadership and expertise in selected critical research infrastructure areas at their collaborating LMIC institutions.

Pilot Intervention and Services Research Grants (R34)
To encourage research on 1) the development and/or pilot testing of new or adapted interventions, 2) the adaptation and/or pilot testing of interventions with demonstrated efficacy for use in broader scale effectiveness trials, or 3) innovative services research directions that require preliminary testing or development.
The expiration date for this Program Announcement is changed from May 8, 2012 to September 8, 2012.

Collaborative R01s for Clinical Services Studies of Mental Disorders, AIDS and Alcohol Use Disorders (R01)
To support collaborative intervention trials in the treatment, prevention or rehabilitation of those with mental disorders and alcohol use disorders and comorbid mental disorders. Support is also provided for other collaborative clinical studies, including but not limited to mental health services research, AIDS, genetics, psychopathology, stigma, and cultural and social processes. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) should be used when two or more sites are needed to complete the study. 
The expiration date for this Program Announcement is changed from May 8, 2012 to September 8, 2012.

Identifying Health Outcomes Associated with Changes in Use of Illicit Drugs (R01)
NIDA is soliciting grant applications to test the hypothesis that reductions in illicit drug use are associated with improved health outcomes in patients. This FOA will support both prospective and retrospective studies, which may include, but not limited to, identification and characterization of beneficial health outcomes that are associated with reduced levels of drug use. Such studies may focus on identification and or validation of strategies, methods, and tools (including biomarkers) that can assess the salutary consequences resulting from reduced use of a particular illicit drug.

Many CDUHR investigators are featured in the latest, Spring 2012, edition of NYU Nursing publication, including Sherry Deren, Noelle Leonard, Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Holly Hagan, Katherine Hutchinson, and Ann Kurth. The articles are attached to this email. 

Noelle Leonard is currently seeking a Part-time Project Coordinator
A Project Coordinator position (part time approx 20-25 hrs/week) is available at the New York University College of Nursing for an intervention study examining the preliminary efficacy of an intervention for high-risk adolescent mothers. (Full time may be available at a future date).
Contact Christina Laitner ( for more information