Websites of the Month
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (www.ahrq.gov)
This site describes the agency's mission to improve the quality of health care, reduce its costs and broaden public access to it. The site also provides descriptions and contact information for the agency's research programs, which include studies of behavioral and psychosocial interventions and their outcomes. The agency is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (www.nattc.org/index4.html)
Visit this site for resources related to the care of addicted people. Overseen by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, the site describes its network of 13 regional addiction centers nationwide, offers online continuing-education programs and features tools for practitioners in the addictions area. Included is a drug and alcohol credentialing database and a guide to substance-abuse resources on the web.
RWJF Guidelines for Grant Applicants (www.rwjf.org/grant/jgrant.htm)
This site describes the type of research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, such as preventing and treating substance abuse, increasing positive health behavior, ending tobacco use and understanding community health.
Neuroinformatics: The Human Brain Project (www.nimh.nih.gov/neuroinformatics/index.cfm)
This site describes an effort to coordinate what neuroscientists and medical researchers are learning about the brain with the technical expertise of computer scientists. The interdisciplinary project of the National Institutes of Health seeks to develop web-based databases and tools that neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, clinicians and educators can use to better understand the brain.
Alcohol Databases (silk.nih.gov/silk/niaaa1/database/database.htm)
This site provides data on alcohol consumption, alcohol effects and related topics. It links to the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database, a compilation of research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The site also links to the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database for researchers and MEDLINEplus database for consumers. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism sponsors the site.