NIH holds first joint NIAAA-NIDA Advisory Council meeting

NIH held its first joint meeting of the NIAAA and NIDA Advisory Councils to discuss issues related to the proposed reorganization of substance use, abuse and addiction research at NIH

On September 12, NIH held its first joint meeting of the NIAAA and NIDA Advisory Councils to discuss issues related to the proposed reorganization of substance use, abuse and addiction research at NIH. The event was webcast and the archive can be viewed here. During the meeting, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Acting Director Dr. Ken Warren provided overviews of the NIDA (PDF, 3MB) and NIAAA (PDF, 2.6MB) research portfolios. 

The Council discussion that followed those presentations, (which begins 52 minutes into the webcast), centered mostly on concerns about whether or not portions of the existing portfolios (primarily medical consequences) would be moved to other institutes and centers. NIH Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak then briefly reviewed the history of the reorganization effort and provided the Councils with an update of the timeline (PDF, 824KB) for implementation of a reorganized entity. 

During the Council discussion, (which begins 89 minutes into the webcast), members expressed their interest in providing input to the process and Dr. Tabak indicated that the two Councils would be given the opportunity to preview, and comment on, the draft strategic plan before it was presented for broader public comment. The Councils met separately for their regular fall meetings the next day to receive Director reports from Dr. Volkow (PDF, 4.8MB) and Dr. Warren. As follow-on to the reorganization discussions from the preceding day a working group comprised of members from each Council will be selected to begin a dialogue about strategic planning activities, with the first meeting to take place at NIH before the end of the 2011.