NIDA/NIAAA Councils Receive Briefing from SUAA Working Group Chair

The Advisory Councils of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) received back to back briefings from Dr. Bill Roper, Chair of the Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Working Group of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB).
On February 3rd, the Advisory Councils of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) received back to back briefings from Dr. Bill Roper, Chair of the Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Working Group of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB).  During the latter part of 2009, the SUAA Working Group held public meetings to hear perspectives from prevention specialists, treatment providers, patient advocates, and policy specialists; perspectives on the science of SUAA research; and perspectives from the judicial system, academia, and industry on alternative models for organizing SUAA research.  In addition, the Working Group received testimony from previous NIAAA Directors, Dr. Enoch Gordis and Dr. Ting-Kai Li and former NIDA Director Dr. Alan Leshner.  Following Roper’s presentation, each Advisory Council began drafting resolutions to submit to the Working Group.  The NIAAA Council resolution favored retaining separate institutes and passed February 4th; the NIDA Council voted to support a merger in principle but at press time hadn't finished drafting its resolution.  The next meeting of the full SMRB is scheduled for March 10th.