Call for Abstracts

Interdisciplinary Addiction Strategies:
Discover, Prevent, Treat, Teach

The 42nd AMERSA Annual National Conference
will be held
November 8-10, 2018
at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins – San Francisco

The Call for Abstracts and Workshops is NOW open and available at
Book your hotel now at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

Important Deadlines – Coming Soon – Please Take Note!

May 11, 2018……….Conference Travel Award applications

Conference Travel Awards 2018

May 18, 2018…………Abstracts and Workshops
Call for Abstracts 2018
Call for Workshops 2018

We have planned an exciting conference featuring oral abstract and poster sessions, skill-focused workshops, one-on-one career mentoring, and plenary sessions addressing issues of national and international importance. Sessions include:

  • Plenary Session: The Neural Pathway of Stigma – Deborah Finnell, DNS, CARN-AP, FAAN – Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Interdisciplinary Panel Session Meeting the Need: Collaborative Justice and Treatment – Lisa Lightman, MA – Collaborative Courts, San Francisco Superior Court; Angelica Almeida, PhD – San Francisco Department of Public Health; Linda Wu, MSW, LCSW – San Francisco Department of Public Health; Charles Houston – San Francisco Department of Public Health; and Judge Eric Fleming, JD — San Francisco Collaborative Courts
  • Interdisciplinary Panel Session: Cannabis: Updates, Neurobiology and Public Health – Garth Terry, MD, PhD – University of Washington, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) – VA Puget Sound; Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Rick Garza – Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB)
  • Interdisciplinary Panel: Stimulant Use Epidemiology and Interventions – Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH -UCSF School of Nursing, Elise Riley, PhD—UCSF School of Medicine; Walter Gomez, MA, MSW, PhD(c) – UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare; Rick Andrews – Positive Reinforcement Opportunity Project (PROP), Stonewall Project with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • Spicy Debate: The Public-Private Partnership in Addiction Research
  • John P. McGovern Award Recipient: Kevin Kunz, MD, MPH – The Addiction Medicine Foundation
  • Betty Ford Award Recipient: Jalie Tucker, PhD, MPH – University of Florida
  • Call for Abstracts and Workshops

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS of recent substance use-related research and education innovations in one of three categories:

  • Research – These abstracts report on original research and must include methods, data analyses, and results.
  • Curricula, Quality Improvement, and Program Innovations – These abstracts report on evaluations of education curricula, quality improvement, and/or innovative program initiatives and must include methods, data analyses, and results.
  • Clinical Case Presentations – These abstracts describe an illustrative case that reinforces specific learning objectives for substance use and education.
  • WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS – Each workshop will be 90 minutes in length and offer interactive learning about a specific substance-use related topic. Workshops must focus on building specific skills in clinical practice, education, research, community action, or policy/advocacy related to substance use. The most desirable workshop sessions will focus on a set of concrete skills or techniques that can be attained and practiced by participants in 90 minutes, and which participants can then introduce into their teaching, practice, research or community following the meeting. Workshop proposals from presenters trained in any discipline will be welcome. Workshop proposals that plan to disseminate information in a lecture or panel format only will not be accepted.

    Please go to 2018 Call for Workshops for detailed online submission and instructions.

    Deadline for submission – May 18, 2018

    Conference Travel Awards

    The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance
    Abuse (AMERSA) provides opportunities for health professionals to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use problems and disorders. *Travel awards are available to support attending the 2018 AMERSA National Conference.
    NIDA sponsors this award program in order to help AMERSA increase the participation of educators, researchers and clinicians from underrepresented demographic groups and professions underrepresented in AMERSA. AMERSA also seeks to enhance dissemination of the knowledge that conference participants acquire to broader audiences. (*based on NIDA approved funding)

    Apply online at   Conference Travel Awards 2018
    Deadline for submission – May 11, 2018

    Applicants must be health professionals, in practice or in training, who are actively involved in education, research, clinical care, policy and/or other projects or programs related to substance use.

    Preference will be given to:

    (a) Health professionals from minority or underrepresented backgrounds
    (b) Members of health professions that AMERSA is targeting for increased participation (for example, but not limited to: nursing, social work, psychology, pharmacology, dentistry, allied health professions)
    (c) Individuals with the ability to disseminate knowledge and skills from the national meeting to their colleagues, students or trainees
    (d) Individuals who submit an abstract, poster or workshop presentation
    (e) Individuals whose teaching, research and/or clinical practice focus on underserved populations

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