Join Us for the Third Annual Conference of the International Consortium for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) in San Diego, California (U.S.) on June 4-5, 2018!  

organized by

International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR),

University of California San Diego (USA)

and other Conference partners

The Conference is preeminent conference for communicating directly on substance use university education, training, research, international collaboration and networking, and substance use professionals.

The conference will include a wide range of international panels and presentations on university-based academic programs in addiction studies, featuring both treatment and prevention.  This year's conference will include a Dean’s track to engage important leaders in our institutions of higher learning, an update on the current science of substance use disorders, treatment, and prevention; and will address workforce development, and implementation of evidence-based academic programs in addiction studies.

Sunset Dinner on Monday, June 4th

On Monday, June 4, 2018 we invite you to join us for a memorable beachside sunset dinner at 7 p.m. at the Shores Restaurant in La Jolla (8110 Camino Del Oro).  The cost is $61 USD (payable in cash at time of registration) for a 3-course meal with drinks and choice of entrees.  Please RSVP for the dinner to Norman Jackson, Conference Coordinator at:

U.S. Visa Arrangements

If you require a U.S. entry visa, please provide the letter of invitation to the U.S. Embassy, Consulate Section in your country, and let us know if we can further assist with obtaining necessary visas.

Conference Agenda (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)

Third Annual Conference of the International Consortium for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR), June 4-5, 2018

University of California, La Jolla Campus, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - Atkinson Hall

Monday, June 4

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks: Igor Koutsenok, David Brenner, & Igor Grant, University of California – San Diego; Michal Miovsky, Charles University

9:30-10:15 a.m. – ICUDDR Vision: Filling the Gap in University-Based Addictions Training: Roger Peters, University of South Florida; Melody Heaps, President Emeritus of TASC; Kim Johnson, ICUDDR

10:15-10:45 a.m. – Address from William McGlynn, U.S. Department of State/INL; Anne Herron, SAMHSA; Verna Felipe, Colombo Plan; Elizabeth Saenz, UNODC

10:45-11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00-12:00 a.m. – Current Science of Substance Use Disorders and Treatment: Timothy Condon, University of New Mexico

12:00-1:00 p.m.  – Lunch, Poster Session

1:00-2:30 p.m.  – Global Need for Workforce Development in Addictions Treatment and Prevention (panel), Jane Marie Ong’olo, African Union Commission; Mariano Montenegro, UNODC; Elizabeth Saenz, UNODC; Laurie Krom, ATTC Network

2:30-3:00 p.m.  – Recent Advances in Developing the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) and the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC), Becky Vaughn, Colombo Plan

3:00-3:15 p.m.  – Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. – Contemporary Trends in Addiction Training in Higher Education: Amalie Pavlovská, Charles University; Jinsoo Jason Kim, Sahmyook University; Fernando Salazar, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; Michal Miovsky, Charles University

4:15-5:15 p.m. – Confronting Challenges from a Regional Perspective: Small Group

7:00  – Sunset Dinner

Tuesday, June 5

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45 a.m. – The Role of Academic Institutions in Developing and Supporting a Learning Health System, Carlos Blanco, NIH

9:45-10:30 a.m. – Report-outs from Facilitated Regional Discussions

10:30-11:00 a.m. – International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP): Structure, Functions, and Membership Benefits: Joanna Travis-Roberts, ISSUP

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The International Faces of ICUDDR, Diana Lesme Romero,
Universidad Católica “Ntra. Sra. De la Asunción”; Irina Pinchuk,
Ukrainian Research Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry,
Drug Abuse of Ministry of Health of Ukraine; Isidore Obot,
University of Uyo & Centre for Research and Information on
Substance Abuse  (CRISA); Apinun Aramrattana, Chiang Mai University

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Graduates of Addiction Studies Programs: What have we Learned?  Moderators: Lianna Urada, San Diego State University; Igor Koutsenok, University of California – San Diego

2:30-3:00 p.m. Joining the ICUDDR Network, Michal Miovsky, Charles University

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:00 p.m. – Brainstorming Next Steps for the ICUDDR in Advancing Academic Programs in Addiction Studies

4:00-4:30 p.m. Award Recognizing Global Contributions to Addiction Medicine

4:30-5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Reception (UCSD Faculty Club - Lounge and Patio)


Conference Information at a Glance

Conference Location

University of California - San Diego, La Jolla Campus

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) - Atkinson Hall; Map location:

Conference Registration

(** there is no conference registration fee)

Please register for the conference at the following link:

Conference Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel at the special rate of $167/night.  Please make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible to ensure your room reservation, by calling the hotel at (800) 325-3535 and asking for the "ICUDDR rate" ($167), or by visiting the web site for booking conference hotel rooms:

Sheraton La Jolla, 3299 Holiday Court
La Jolla, California 92037
United States
Local hotel phone: (858) 453-5500

Several other hotel options in San Diego are provided here, for your convenience: Other Conference Hotel Options

Transportation from the San Diego Airport 

A taxi from the San Diego Airport to the conference hotel/University of California – San Diego costs about $40.  Shuttle service costs about $20 for a one-way fare.

The following shuttle services are available:

Cloud 9 Shuttle
EZ Ride
Prime Time Shuttle

For More Information:

Norman Jackson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: (858) 822-4375

University of California San Diego CCARTA
9500 Gilman Drive, Guava Building, Rm 130,
La Jolla, CA 92093 US 858.822.4375

We look forward to seeing you at the Third Annual ICUDDR Conference in San Diego, California in June!