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Center for Advancing
Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research

CALDAR Summer Institutes


July 29-31, 2015

The conference will present current findings and future directions of longitudinal drug abuse research and implications for policy and practice. Workshops will be provided on longitudinal statistical and methodoligical topics. Opportunities for career development will also be provided.

August 13-15, 2012

The Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR; Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., PI and Center Director), funded by NIDA (P30 DA016383), hosted its fourth Summer Institute at the Marriott in Marina del Rey. The target audience was advanced students, junior investigators, experienced researchers, and substance abuse treatment providers interested in expanding their knowledge base and/or skills in conducting longitudinal research and evidence-based approaches to treatment. The event featured presentations by renowned researchers, policymakers, and clinicians who highlighted current findings and discussed future directions in longitudinal research, addiction treatment, and recovery within the context of health care reform. The first day focused on promoting substance abuse recovery within the changing health services system. The second and third days provided in-depth instruction on longitudinal statistical and research methods. New this year to the Summer Institute was the concurrent career development workshop, which covered strategies for planning and writing proposals, information on NIH funding mechanisms, the NIH review process, and other career development strategies. Afterwards, NIDA/NIH staff were available for “One-On-One” Meetings with conference participants to further discuss specific research proposal ideas and grant mechanisms.

August 9-11, 2010

The Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR; Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., PI and Center Director), funded by NIDA (P30 DA016383), hosted its third Summer Institute at the Marriott in Marina del Rey. The target audience was advanced students, junior investigators, experienced researchers, and substance abuse treatment providers interested in expanding their knowledge base and/or skills in conducting longitudinal research and evidence-based approaches to treatment. The event featured presentations by renowned researchers, policymakers, and clinicians who highlighted current findings and discussed future directions in longitudinal research, addiction treatment, and recovery. The first day focused on longitudinal perspectives as a way to understand recovery. The second and third days provided in-depth instruction on longitudinal statistical and research methods. New this year to the Summer Institute was the concurrent Dissemination Conference, co-hosted by NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The CTN sessions highlighted evidence-based approaches to care and were a natural complement to CALDAR’s efforts to increase understanding of recovery to improve care.

August 13-15, 2008

The Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR; Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., PI and Center Director), funded by NIDA (P30 DA016383), hosted its second Summer Institute at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus.  The target audience was advanced students, junior investigators, experienced researchers, and substance abuse treatment providers interested in expanding their knowledge base and/or skills in conducting longitudinal research. The Institute featured: plenary sessions with renowned investigators in the areas of longitudinal analysis, and drug and alcohol abuse, and health services research; longitudinal statistical and research methods workshops; a clinical workshop on applications of the chronic care approach for substance abuse treatment providers; and a poster session.

August 14-16, 2006

The Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR; Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., Center Director), funded by NIDA (P30 DA016383), hosted its first Summer Institute at UCLA on August 14-16, 2006.  The target audience for the three-day event was advanced students, junior investigators, and experienced researchers interested in expanding their skills in longitudinal research.  The Institute was designed to enhance participants' knowledge of longitudinal research methodologies and statistical approaches, provide opportunities for scientific collaboration, and highlight the relevance and application of statistical techniques to a variety of research areas.  The event featured: plenary sessions with renowned investigators in the areas of longitudinal analysis, drug abuse, mental health, and health services research; intensive seminars on longitudinal research methods; and a poster session.

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