Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lend a Hand to Addiction Research Scientists in Japan

Today via a listserv email, CPDD President Anna Rose Childress appealed to the CPDD membership to reach out to help our Japanese colleagues including trainees affected by the recent catastrophic events in Japan.  She asked CPDD members to consider “extending a position in your own laboratory to a fellow scientist/scientist-in-training, so that their research may continue.”

Although the media has covered the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters very closely (see for example the comprehensive NY Times article on the scope of destruction and its impact on Japan and the rest of the world), we’ve heard very little about how the catastrophe has affected scientists. However, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on very grim scenes at affected institutions of higher education and research, especially at Tohoku University in Sendai, nearest to the earthquake epicenter.

Historically, the major substance abuse problems in Japan have been solvent and methamphetamine abuse.  Accordingly, significant addiction research effort in Japan is focused on solvent and methamphetamine abuse, including clinical and preclinical research articles recently published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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