Archive for March, 2010

PN Node Authors in JSAT’s Special Supplement: A Decade of Research in the CTN

March 30, 2010

In honor of the CTN’s 10th anniversary, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment presents “A Decade of Research by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network.”

This special supplement features overview articles describing the completed studies and outcomes from the past decade of CTN research. It also reviews several ancillary investigations, where data from original CTN protocols is examined in a new way to reveal new correlations and propose future research.

Five articles in the issue are co-authored by researchers and clinicians from the Pacific Northwest node:

Ron Jackson, from Evergreen Treatment Services, cowrote “The First Decade of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice to Improve Drug Abuse Treatment,” which reviews the rationale for the CTN, describes the translation of its guiding principles into research endeavors, and anticipates the future evolution of clinical research within the Network.

In “Study Results from the Clinical Trial Network’s First 10 Years: Where Do They Lead?Elizabeth (Betsy) Wells, Don Calsyn and Dennis Donovan from ADAI, Andrew Saxon from the VA Puget Sound, and Ron Jackson from Evergreen Treatment Services, review the completed (to date) protocols in the CTN with the aim of identifying the incremental progress toward improving drug treatment made by these trials.

From Research to the Real World: Buprenorphine in the Decade of the Clinical Trials Network,” was co-written by Andrew Saxon of the VA Puget Sound, and reviews the 6 CTN  buprenorphine protocols (CTN-0001/2, 0003, 0010, 0027, 0030), describing related efforts to overcome challenges to the implementation of buprenorphine therapy in mainstream practice.

Jessica DiCenzo from Recovery Centers of King County, a PN Node CTP, was co-author for “Predicting Outpatient Treatment Entry Following Detoxification for Injection Drug Use: The Impact of Patient and Program Factors.”  This secondary analysis of data from CTN-0017  examined variables predicting outpatient treatment entry within six months of residential detoxification.

And finally, Don Calsyn from ADAI co-authored “Multisite Effectiveness Trials of Treatments for Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Problems: Have We Chosen the Best Designs?”  This article systematically examines, for each of the completed CTN protocols, the experimental design type chosen and its original rationale, the main findings of the trials, and the strengths and weaknesses of the design in hindsight.

Congratulations to all our Pacific Northwest Node authors!

Find these articles and all the others from the JSAT special supplement in the CTN Dissemination Library.


Calling all CDPs and Counselors — Free Online Video Workshop from the CTN!

March 29, 2010

Are you interested in earning FREE CEUs?  Do you want to learn how your peers are using NIDA research in their clinical programs?

Watch the 2-hour online video Methods for Disseminating Evidence Based Treatments ~ From the Frontlines of Community Treatment Programs, showcasing real-world examples of how treatment providers in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (NIDA CTN) are successfully disseminating evidence-based treatment into their practice settings.  The video is available in the CTN Dissemination Library.

From a substance abuse counselor:  “The web information was easy to access and I like the variety in the workshop discussions. . . It was designed with me in mind.  If I can do it, anyone can!”

Watch the video, take a quick ten-item quiz, and then apply to receive 3 NAADAC contact credit hours from the National Office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC).  It’s easy!  These credits are being offered FREE for a limited time by the NATTC, so don’t delay!

Get started here:

This training is NOT limited to CTN providers.  Please distribute our flyer to anyone you think might be interested!

PN Node’s NIDA CTN INVEST Fellow to Present at April’s Steering Committee Meeting

March 25, 2010

Dr. Leonard Estacio, Jr., the Pacific Northwest Node’s NIDA CTN INVEST Fellow, will be presenting about methamphetamine use among Filipino adolescents at the upcoming Steering Committee meeting this April.

CTN INVEST Fellows spend 12 months doing postdoctoral training at CTN Regional Research Training Centers like ADAI, helping to develop an international network of scientists dedicated to exchanging information and collaborating on drug abuse research at a national, regional, and global level.

Dr. Estacio, an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of the Philippines in Manila,  will be giving the  lunchtime presentation on April 20 (12:30pm) entitled “Community-based Randomized Clinical Trial Using Behavioral Therapies to Reduce Methamphetamine Use among Adolescent Filipinos.”

Hope to see you there!

View lecture flyer.

NIDA Blending is on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

March 9, 2010

Stay connected!  You can now get updates about NIDA Blending on  Facebook Twitter and  LinkedIn!

Photos for CTN 10th Anniversary Celebration!

March 9, 2010

The Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) is making a “photo album” to celebrate CTN’s 10th Anniversary!   They’re looking for photos of Node members and activities — new or old, individuals or groups.  The photos will be  projected during lunch and breaks at the April 21 symposium in Albuquerque NM.

If you have any CTN pictures you’d like to share for the album, please email them to Brenda Stuvek, our PNW Node Coordinator;  she can assist you getting them into electronic form if needed.