HEAL Investigator Meeting

Thu, 1/16/2020 - 8:30am - 7:00pm
Fri, 1/17/2020 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

The HEAL Investigator Meeting on January 16–17, 2020, brought together more than 350 researchers who are part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, a new trans-NIH effort to provide lasting scientific solutions to the opioid crisis.

Meeting Goals

  • Establish the HEAL investigator network through streamlined communications and the shared expertise of HEAL researchers.
  • Increase awareness of the geographic, thematic and programmatic scope of HEAL.
  • Explore commonalities and enhance individual programs to optimize the successes of HEAL.
  • Enrich the HEAL initiative through investigator engagement.

Meeting Summary

Read the meeting summary. PDF | 114.61 KB

Agenda: January 16

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8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks PDF | 622.33 KB
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

HHS Response to the Opioid Crisis
ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HEAL Initiative and Meeting Overview PDF | 968.5 KB
Rebecca Baker, Ph.D., Director, NIH HEAL Initiative, Office of the Director, NIH

9:30 a.m.

Plenary Panel Discussion: Helping End Addiction Long-Term—Understanding and Addressing Pain PDF | 202.83 KB
Moderator: Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., St. Louis University
Lynn L. DeBar, Ph.D., M.P.H., Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Dupelia Numa, patient representative
Srinivasa N. Raja, M.B.B.S., Johns Hopkins University

10:45 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.

Plenary Panel Discussion: Helping End Addiction Long-Term—Understanding and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder PDF | 193.09 KB
Moderator: Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., University of Miami
Kelliann O’Hare, Thomas Jefferson University
Diane J. Abatemarco, Ph.D., M.S.W., Thomas Jefferson University Gary Mendell, Shatterproof

12:30 p.m.

Plenary Presentation: Data Sharing and Harmonization Across HEAL PDF | 729.1 KB
Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director, NIH
Susan Gregurick, Ph.D., Associate Director for Data Science, NIH

12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch and Poster Viewing

1:30 p.m.

Group Discussions: Data Sharing and Harmonization Across HEAL* PDF | 632.23 KB

2:30 p.m.

Cross-cutting Topic Breakout Sessions

  1. Integrating Co-occurring Conditions into HEAL Research
    Moderator: Helene M. Langevin, M.D., C.M., Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  2. Translating from Basic to Clinical Research
    Jack B. Stein, Ph.D., Chief of Staff, NIDA
  3. Assessing Pain and Risk for Opioid Use Disorder
    Moderator: Robert H. Carter, M.D., Acting Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  4. Overcoming Challenges in Therapeutics Development
    Moderator: Donald C. Lo, Ph.D., Director, Therapeutic Development Branch, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and Linda Porter, Ph.D., Director, Office of Pain Policy and Planning, NINDS
  5. Incorporating Stakeholder Input
    Moderator: Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m.

Reporting from the Front Lines on Pain and Addiction: Perspectives from National Reporters
John T. Burklow, Associate Director for Communications and Public Liaison, NIH
Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post
Jon Hamilton, National Public Radio
Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

5:00 p.m. Networking and Poster Session

7:00 p.m. Adjourn (Dinner on own)

Agenda: January 17

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8:30 a.m.

Plenary Panel Discussion: Collaborating for Success: Federal Partners in HEAL
Moderator: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NIH
Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, HHS
Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration
Kimberly Brandt, J.D., Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.

Plenary Panel Discussion: Understanding Stigma and the Impact on Public Health
Keynote Speaker: VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., Surgeon General of the United States
Moderator: Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Travis N. Rieder, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Valerie A. Earnshaw, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Jasmine Pearlman, M.A., M.P.A., Caregiving & You

11:30 a.m.

Meeting Summary: Future Opportunities in HEAL PDF | 2.6 MB
Rebecca Baker, Ph.D., Director, NIH HEAL Initiative, Office of the Director, NIH

12:00 p.m.

HHS Response to the Opioid Crisis
Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, Health and Human Services, HHS

Closing Remarks
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NIH

12:30 p.m. Adjourn