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Capacity Building for Lifespan Focused Substance Use Disorder Research in Ukraine

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigators:   Robert A. Zucker, Maureen A. Walton

Substance abuse disorders (SUDs) result in remarkable personal, legal, medical, occupational, and societal costs. These problems are particularly evident in Ukraine where social, cultural, environmental, and economic changes have contributed to significant increases in the number of people experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems. This proposal seeks to augment existing substance abuse research, prevention, and intervention efforts in Ukraine in order to combat these escalating problems in community-based settings. To accomplish this goal, a multi-tiered research and training program will be established through collaboration among researchers at the University of Michigan (UofM), Department of Psychiatry (Substance Abuse Section) and two Ukrainian institutions; the Ukrainian Scientific Research Institute of Social, Forensic Psychiatry and Narcology (USRISFPN), and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NUKMA). A focused set of interlocking training experiences at different levels of intensity and career status will include the following: (a) 1-year-long opportunities for early-career post-doctoral research fellows, from Ukraine, to train at UofM with faculty mentors working in research areas of common interest, (b) home-country research projects that Fogarty Fellows developed while in the U.S. that parallel and extend ongoing SUD research at the UofM, (c) intermediate-term fellowships at the UofM for mid-career to senior substance abuse researchers, (d) yearly workshops held in Ukraine for all levels of substance abuse scientists interested in the developmental psychopathology of SUD, research methodology, and SUD prevention and intervention strategies in non-clinical or community-based settings. Additional components to the program will include: (a) development and distribution of educational materials that Ukrainian collaborators can use to teach developmental etiology of SUDs, basic research methodology, and research methods for the design, implementation, and evaluation for SUD screenings, prevention, and intervention; (b) formation of a Research/Intervention Program Working group in Ukraine to develop and implement SUD screening, prevention, and intervention programs throughout targeted communities; and (c) facilitation of scientific collaboration between Ukrainian substance abuse researchers and other scientists across Eastern Europe.

Funding Period: 07/09/2012 to 02/28/2017

Country of Focus: Ukraine

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