News Release: School of Public Health

Oct. 5,  2010

Emory Joins National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network

Emory University researchers recently joined the Florida Node Alliance of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

The NIDA CTN works to improve substance abuse treatment through partnerships between researchers and treatment providers. The 13 nodes around the country consist of a Regional Research and Training Center (RRTC) linked with several community-based treatment programs. This framework allows for quick delivery of research to the community. In addition to Emory, the Florida Node Alliance includes the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, which is serving as the region’s research and training center, as well as treatment programs in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The Emory site was selected because of its investigators’ experience in working with HIV-infected crack cocaine users. Emory researchers’ first study as part of the CTN will test an intervention to link and retain in care HIV-infected substance abusers with the ultimate goal of controlling their HIV viral load and eventually leading to a decrease in HIV transmission.

“Being part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network increases our capability to do research with substance abusers,” says NIDA CTN Emory principal investigator Carlos del Rio, MD, Hubert professor and chair of global health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and professor of medicine in the Emory School of Medicine. “By joining the CTN we are now linked to a respected network of leading researchers and have a mechanism for testing innovations in substance abuse treatment, a major driver of the HIV epidemic in Atlanta.”

For more information on the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, visit


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