NIH Sponsors Two-Day Symposium on the Opioid Crisis and Future Therapeutics
Thursday, February 7, 2019 (All day) to Friday, February 8, 2019 (All day)
With support from NINDS and NIDA, NCATS is sponsoring a two-day symposium as part of the HEAL InitativeSM. The symposium will "highlight challenges and opportunities throughout the discovery and development process for addiction- and pain-related medications in the pre-competitive preclinical stage and provide a framework for more focused efforts within the research community".
To learn more and register, please visit NCATS Pain Addiction Symposium.
In April 2018, NIH launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. This Initiative will build on extensive, well-established NIH research, including basic science of the complex neurological pathways involved in pain and addiction, implementation science to develop and test treatment models, and research to integrate behavioral interventions with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). Successes from this research include the development of the nasal form of naloxone, the most commonly used nasal spray for reversing opioid overdose, the development of buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD, and evidence for the use of nondrug and mind/body techniques such as yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and mindfulness meditation to help patients control and manage pain.
To learn more and find additional events, please visit HEAL InitiativeSM.