International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group Conference

This is an invitation to come early to San Antonio to attend the In Women’s International Group Conference and then stay for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Scientific Meeting. 


International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group Conference

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Early-bird rates:
Full conference fee (high- and middle- income countries): $175 (USD)
Reduced conference fee (low-income countries and students): $100 (USD)
*Registration fees will increase to $200 and $125 after April 30
Preliminary Agenda

Friday, June 14, 2019
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
San Antonio, Texas, USA
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Welcome:  Dr. Loretta Finnegan, CPDD Executive Officer
Opening Remarks: Dr. Wendee Wechsberg, InWomen’s Chair

Panel I: 
How the Global Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Women and Families
Special Guest Moderator: Dr. Redonna Chandler, Director of the AIDS Research Program; Chief, Services Research Branch, NIDA
  • Women in the Middle-East: Opioid Addiction and Myths I  Dr. Mona Al-Sawwaf, Consultant Psychiatrist, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • Sex Differences in Prescription Opioid Use Patterns Among Community Members in North Central Florida I  Mirsada Serdarevic, PhD Candidate, University of Florida
  • Gender-specific Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic Among Women in the United States I  Dr. Jennifer Lorvick, RTI International

How Will We Solve the Opioid Crisis? 

  • Women Who Use Opioids Experience Stigma: Impact on Access and Retention in Harm Reduction Services and Experiences with Child Welfare I  Rose Schmidt, MPH, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
  • Preparing for the Inevitable – The Development of a Model of Care to Manage Women with Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy and Parenting in Sydney, Australia I  Dr. Maja Moensted, Drug Health Services at NSW Health

Panel Discussion Q&A

Morning Break: Coffee & Tea
Poster Session I:
Even Numbers
Poster Session II:
Odd Numbers
Networking Discussion Tables
Best Poster: Flash Presentation
                          Acknowledgement of Travel Awardees

Panel II:

Marijuana Use Among Teens
Special Guest Moderator: Dr. Richard Jenkins, Health Scientist Administrator, NIDA
  • Marijuana Use Among South African Teens I  Dr. Courtney Bonner, RTI International
  • Trends in the Use of Marijuana Among Female Teenagers in Thailand I  Dr. Usaneya Perngparn, Drug Dependence Research Center, Chulalongkorn University
  • Trends in Marijuana and Vaping Use Among Teenagers (U.S. National Youth Survey) I  Dr. Omar El-Shahawy, New York University

Panel Discussion Q&A

Testimonial: Marijuana Use and Sexual Exploitation Monica Anderson
Break: Networking & Line Dancing Lesson
Closing Remarks & Next Steps
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