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Health Comm Fellowship with the Center for Tobacco Products and the FDA

Four fellowship opportunities are available within the Office of Health Communication and Education (OHCE) in the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CTP aims to protect Americans from tobacco-related death and disease by regulating the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products and by educating the public, especially young people, about tobacco products and the dangers their use poses to themselves and others. CTP oversees the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

For more information, visit:

National Drug Abuse Summit, April 2-4


Description: “The 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will focus on ways we can Make an Impact in the fight against prescription drug abuse.The Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse. Through this type of collaboration, your work can be more impactful in bringing solutions to this issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a public health crisis in 2012.”

“Conference attendees will include: federal and state legislators and policy makers; federal and state executive leaders; health care practitioners; pharmacists; certified substance abuse counselors and recovery specialists; law enforcement personnel; treatment facility managers; advocates, families, and patients working to increase awareness and effect change; pharmaceutical executives; prominent academicians and researchers; government officials tasked with regulatory oversight; insurance payers and benefits managers; and suppliers of prescription monitoring technologies.”

For more information, see their website: 

Please leave a comment if you have more information about this event or if you plan on attending.

Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction

This announcement is regarding the seventh Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction which will be held at the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam from July 7 – 20, 2013. Please comment below with more information for our members about this potential opportunity.

DescriptionThis programme offers graduate students of various disciplines and professionals a great opportunity to advance their knowledge in the field of addiction studies in an international environment.

The Institute is an intensive two-week summer programme that seeks to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of addiction and to promote opportunities for international networking among participants. All participants will receive an official certificate from the University of Amsterdam.

The Institute’s classes are intensive seminars with discussions, excursions, faculty lectures and guest lectures by prominent people in the field, like Prof Wim van den Brink, Prof Reinout Wiers (both UvA). The latest updates can be found on the website.

You can visit  for further information and to apply online.

Deadline for Applications:  March 15, 2013

SMA/EASA Conference CFA due Feb 15

This year, the Society for Medical Anthropology will be hosting our annual conference in June with the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) in Tarragona, Spain at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Unlike a traditional conference, the ADTSG will not be able to submit panel proposals. Instead, we encourage you to submit individual proposals.The following is taken from an email from the SMA president, Doug Feldman:

“Please go to: to submit paper or film abstracts. To submit an abstract, press “Call for papers” or “Call for films,” and complete the abstract submission form. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 15, 2013. Also, on the website, is valuable information about skills-sharing workshops, participations of senior and junior scholars, challenges for the future, accomodations (including a map with the exact locations, and room prices in euros), conference venue information, and the organizing committee (under “credits”). Registration to pay for the conference fee (120 euros for regular registrants, and 60 euros for student registrants) will open on or about December 20th.  All registrants (whether giving a paper, showing a film, or just attending) will need to pay the registration fee beginning at that time.”

For more information about the conference click here.

Also, please comment on this post if you are planning to attend this conference. That way we know whether to set up a business meeting or at least a group outing. Thanks!

2012 Wrap Up

Hello fellow ADTSG members,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful new year. I wanted to take a moment to fill everyone in on some of the highlights from our activities at the AAA meetings in San Francisco last fall as well as our plans for 2013.

Special Interest Group Chairs Meeting

On Thursday morning, Roland Moore and I attended the SMA’s special interest group (SIG) chairs meeting with SMA President, Doug Feldman. As we went around the room, each of the representatives discussed the state of their group and the various projects they were working on. I was so proud to be able to share the success of ADTSG with the group, especially in terms of conference presence, social media development, and an invested membership.  In fact, our group has done so well, Roland and I were able to offer advice to the other SIG chairs on strategies to build infrastructure for their own groups such as a paper prize and online blog. We were also given some ideas about potential projects such as a mentorship program or a book prize that we are considering for 2013. I want to commend our group for having such a diversity membership of senior and junior members – this quality clearly sets us apart from some of the other groups who were struggling with ways to retain their founding members while attracting a new generation of scholars. Continue reading

Updated AAA meeting information

I hope everyone is getting excited for San Francisco! We have updated the information on the conference page to include details about the ADTSG business meeting as well as room numbers for all three of our panels so make sure to download a fresh copy.

Also our social coordinator, Roland has suggested we plan out group outing for Saturday night at 8:00pm for Lefty O’Douls (333 Geary). It is a large establishment that serves food and drinks of various kinds. We will plan on congregating in the back corner. If you would like to walk over with the group, we will most likely meet up at the Hilton Hotel Lobby a little before 8pm.
If for some reason this venue or time changes, we will post something on the website.

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That’s all for now, see everyone in San Francisco!!

Taz Karim
ADT Study Group, Chair

A Message from the Chair

Dear ADT Study Group Members

I am so pleased to write this message to you on our brand new website. A special thanks to Roland Moore, Stacey McKenna and Allison Schlosser for their contributions. This year has been an exciting one for our group. We had the pleasure of organizing two panels for the Society for Applied Anthropology conference last spring in Baltimore and had a very productive special interest group meeting.  Next week at the American Anthropological Association meetings, ADTSG is planning a big presence so I wanted to give everyone a heads up on what you can expect from us.

First, with the hard work of Roland Moore, Gilbert Quintero, Daniel Lende, and Lee Hoffer, we were able to organize three paper panels which examine the moralized dimensions of alcohol, drugs and tobacco use across cultures. I am proud to say the panels reflect the full spectrum of our membership including professors, graduate students, researchers, and applied anthropologists.  For a schedule of our panels, please visit the conference page.

We will also be holding our special interest group meeting on Friday, November 16, from 12:15 PM-1:30 PM. The room hasn’t been announced yet, but please check back on our website for updated information. If you can’t make the meeting, we will be posting our agenda and minutes on the site so you can stay up to date. One of the points on our agenda will be to establish some more officer positions including secretary, social media coordinator, as well as a committee on the SMA takes a Stand policy initiative. If you are interested in getting more involved in the group please come!

As usual, we will also plan a social outing for group members, most likely on Saturday night. We will announce the details at the SIG meeting and of course, post information on the site. If you are on twitter, I will be tweeting live from the conference on all of the ADTSG activities (#adtsg) so feel free to follow me @PharmaCulture to keep up to date.

A final point, we are currently trying to build a roster of our membership to include on the website. Not only will this help us establish our presence, but hopefully it will encourage collaborations within the group. Please send the following information to

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Department
  4. Institution
  5. A brief bio with research interests
  6. Contact information
  7. A headshot

Thank you for your continued engagement with our group. See you in San Francisco!

 Taz Karim

ADT Study Group, Chair

Welcome to the ADTSG blog!

Welcome to our new group blog! This blog will serve as an informal but scholarly treatment of issues related to the socio-cultural context of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This presents the opportunity to increase the accessibility of scholarly approaches to studying drugs in context and to encourage collaboration among anthropologists and between disciplines. We will look to experts across disciplines and topics to offer diverse perspectives on the meaning and use of various drugs across cultures. Blog posts will cover a number of topics, such as reflections on ongoing research, discussions of methodological challenges, or responses to contemporary policy changes.

If you are interested in contributing to our blog, please send an email to . We would love to hear from you!