The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM) are cosponsoring this satellite event which will offer the opportunity for networking and building research partnerships between the United States and France.

To foster these collaborations, this event will include an invited poster session with the goal of encouraging development of new, international collaborative research partnerships between the presenters themselves as well as attendees. Invited poster presenters will highlight areas of neuroscience research on addiction that would benefit from meaningful collaborative efforts between the US and France. Previous and ongoing collaborations will also be highlighted.

Before the invited poster session, opening remarks and the vision for this binational collaboration will be given by Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA, and by Dr. Etienne Hirsch, INSERM. Dr. Pier Vincenzo Piazza M.D., of Neurocentre Magendie INSERM U862 and Physiopathologie de la Plasticité Neuronale, will follow with a keynote address.

Representatives from NIDA and INSERM will be available to discuss research and capacity building opportunities for drug abuse researchers. Information on NIDA and INSERM training and career development opportunities will also be provided. NIDA supports research on prevention, treatment, causes, and consequences of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA also supports activities to (1) foster international communication about local and international drug abuse issues, (2) help build research infrastructures around the world, and (3) foster research collaborations between U.S. scientists and their colleagues in other countries.

INSERM is the only French public research organization entirely devoted to biological, medical and public health research. INSERM supports international collaboration based on scientific excellence and complementarity, which form the basis of its 40 cooperative agreements with partners worldwide. INSERM also coordinates Aviesan the French National Alliance for Health and Life sciences with CNRS, CEA, Inra, Inria, IRD, the Institut Pasteur, the French Conference of University Presidents and the French Conference of University Hospital, focusing on understanding brain function and pathophysiological mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disorders.