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2017 National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use in Women & Girls

Advances in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Research

NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Symposium hosted by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Women, Drinking, and Pregnancy Work Group of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH Office of AIDS Research, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

What: A national conference to:

1) Highlight findings from the latest research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of alcohol and other substance misuse among girls and women, with special emphasis on strategies to prevent HIV infection/progression and substance-exposed pregnancies.

2) Present information from the 2016 Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

3) Encourage collaboration between stakeholder organizations and researchers to promote coordinated approaches for addressing epidemic substance misuse among women and girls.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in sharing information from the latest research on alcohol and other substance use among women and girls in a way that will motivate practitioners to consider incorporating new evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies into their individual practice. Special emphasis will also be placed on raising awareness about the potential adverse consequences of alcohol and other substance use during pregnancy.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Friday, October 27, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET

Where: Washington Marriott at Metro Center

775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Registration is Free. Please register here:

Event Highlights:

  • Opening Remarks - Dr. Deidra Roach, medical project officer, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Welcoming Remarks - Dr. Victoria Cargill, Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH, and Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington, Women and Sex/Gender Research Coordinator, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Keynote Address: "Alcohol and the Female Brain" by Dr. George Koob, Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Panel Discussions: Overview of Harmful Substance Use Among Women and Girls; Maternal Substance Use; SBIRT and Beyond for Women and Girls; Prevention and Treatment for Special Populations; Co-Occurring SUDs and Anxiety Disorders; Developing a Culture of Healing
  • Break-out Groups: Research and Model Programs for Intervening with Special Populations - Adolescents; Pregnant and Pre-Conception Women; Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders; Native American Women; HIV/AIDS
  • Special Presentation: Helping People Find Treatment: The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator, by Dr. Lori Ducharme


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