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National Institute of Public Policy for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Grant number: 11/50614-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2011 - June 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Convênio/Acordo: King's College London
Principal Investigator:Ronaldo Laranjeira
Grantee:Ronaldo Laranjeira
Principal researcher abroad: John Strang
Institution abroad: King's College London, England
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/57714-7 - National Institute for Public Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, AP.TEM


The National Institute of Public Policy for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INPAD) is based at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was created to collect scientific evidence regarding epidemiology, develop new therapeutic approaches, study health economics and provide education to subsidize the proper measures to change the Brazilian scenario of alcohol and drug consumption. Since its creation, INPAD has participated actively in academic debates and discussions about alcohol and drug policies and their effects on the political welfare of the country. Many scientific papers and books have been published on this subject, and the internet and other media have provided excellent opportunities for the dissemination of specialized information to the general population. The INPAD project aims at supporting Brazilian studies on alcohol- and drug-related direct and indirect costs and harm. During the past few years the INPAD has hosted a number of projects in Addiction, many of which overlaps with projects and areas of interest of the Addiction Department, KCL. The broad range of themes covered by the INPAD project will allow a greater collaboration between the institutions. The following INPAD projects are ongoing activities that will benefit the exchange: (1) II National Survey of Alcohol Consumption in the Brazilian Population: the INPAD/UNIAD will repeat the National Survey of Alcohol Consumption this year in order to assess and follow-up the patterns of alcohol and other drugs use, addiction-related problems and the impact of these substances misuse on the youth and other age groups. (2) Genetics and crack cocaine users: INPAD is partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry of Sao Paulo State University (USP) on a study about cocaine use and genetics. (3) Longitudinal studies with a treatment population of crack-cocaine users: in the next two years, the INPAD will be responsible for two studies related to crack cocaine users. The first one will use a structured interview and psychiatric scales to assess crack cocaine users (n=1000) among therapeutic communities from seven Brazilian states. Prof John Strang has already acted as an independent advisor for this project, and will be able to follow the progress of this project if the exchange funding is granted. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SAKIYAMA, HELENA M. T.; RATO PADIN, MARIA DE FATIMA; CANFIELDA, MARTHA; LARANJEIRA, RONALDO; MITSUHIRO, SANDRO SENDIN. Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?. DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE, v. 147, p. 276-279, . (08/57714-7, 11/50614-0)

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