Multi-Disciplinary Working Group (MDWG) Meeting

Wed, 3/18/2020 - 8:30am - 4:00pm


The National Institutes of Health will host a meeting with the HEAL Initiative Multi-Disciplinary Working Group (MDWG) to discuss Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or HEAL research and facilitate the exchange of scientific information about HEAL projects. The MDWG includes external experts in pain and addiction research from across the scientific and advocacy communities, and convenes regularly to ensure broad engagement with the initiative’s research aims and plans.     

Location: Virtual Meeting Only 

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Morning Session

Afternoon Session



8:30 am — Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH

8:45 am — HEAL Portfolio Overview and Recap of Investigators Meeting pdf  6.23 MB
Dr. Rebecca Baker, Director, Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, NIH

9:15 am — General Discussion

9:30 am — National Center for Advancing Translational Science Update on HEAL Research Collaborations pdf  3.52 MB
Dr. Christopher Austin, NCATS

10:00 am — Emerging Issues in the Opioids Crisis: Methamphetamine and Stimulants  pdf  2.85 MB
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, NIDA

10:10 am — Co-morbid Conditions in the Setting of Opioid Use Disorder and Pain  pdf  3.37 MB
Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, Director, NINDS
Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director, NIMH

CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Discussion of HEAL Programs


3:20 pm — Summary of the Day’s Discussion
Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH

3:40 pm — Next Steps and Plans for August MDWG Meeting
Dr. Rebecca Baker, Director, HEAL Initiative, NIH

4:00 pm — Adjourn

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