The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) hosted the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scientific Conference/Workshop at the Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica on February 12-13, 2007. The target audience for this event was graduate students, junior and senior investigators, and health and healthcare professionals interested in AAPI addiction research. The conference/workshop showcased interdisciplinary addiction research by renowned AAPI and other researchers working to translate basic research discoveries into medications, treatments, or prevention methods, thereby fostering routine use in community-based settings. It also highlighted applications of translational addiction research among Asian and Pacific Islander populations in international studies, while focusing on the career development of the next generation of AAPI addiction researchers.
The event was co-sponsored by: National Institute on Drug Abuse (Special Populations Office, and the International Office); Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Institute of Mental Health (Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS, and the Special Populations Office); Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program; The California Endowment; UCLA AIDS Institute; The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse; and UCLA Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research.
Invited speakers included: Lula Beatty, Francisco Buchting, Linda Chang, Sulie Chang, H. Westley Clark, Timothy Condon, Donald Des Jarlais, Roger Detels, Timothy Fong, Joseph Frascella, Steven Gust, William Haning, Wenzhe Ho, Yih-Ing Hser, Martin Iguchi, C. Anderson Johnson, Sam Joo, Shenghan Lai, Ting-Kai Li, Walter Ling, Rita Liu, Grace Macalino, Glenn Masuda, Marjorie Mau, Mahmud Mazlan, Richard Nakamura, Avindra Nath, Tooru Nemoto, Rumi Kato Price, Perry Renshaw, Jean Shih, David Stoff, Francisco Sy, Betty Tai, David Takeuchi, Gene-Jack Wang, Frank Wong, Weihai Ying, and Min Zhao.
The theme for the scientific conference/workshop was “Translational
Addiction Research: Bench, Bedside, Community, and Back.” The
plenary sessions covered the following topics: biological
basis of substance abuse and implications for AAPI populations;
HIV/AIDS risk and interventions for AAPI communities; epidemiology
of substance abuse among AAPI populations; substance abuse
prevention and treatment and implications; methods for conducing
research in AAPI communities; international addiction research
among Asian and Pacific Islander populations; and research
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