GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR CHRONIC DISEASE
An alliance of institutions collectively managing an estimated 80% of all public health research funding worldwide has announced its first targets for concerted action in the fight against ‘chronic non-communicable diseases’ (CNCDs). Lowering hypertension (high blood pressure), and reducing tobacco use and the indoor pollution caused by crude cooking stoves in developing countries—which together contribute to about 1 in 5 deaths each year—were chosen as initial priorities for the unprecedented coordinated research program under the recently-formed Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
The Alliance was created in June 2008 to support clear and coordinated research funding priorities in the battle against CNCDs, namely cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), several cancers, chronic respiratory conditions, and type 2 diabetes. Members include the South African Medical Research Council, the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, the Australia National Health and Medical Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the UK Medical Research Council, and the US National Institutes of Health.
ALCOHOL TAXATION REFORM: CONSIDERATIONS AND OPTIONS
The Australian parliament has released a discussion document that evaluates the options and issues associated with taxation reform for alcohol. It found that inconsistencies exist in the current alcohol taxation regime when viewed against principles such as economic efficiency, equity, and enforceability and compliance. They quote the example that the ‘excise on low-strength draught beer is about one fifth that on low-strength packaged beer, while the tax on cask wine is only a fraction of that on mid-strength beer even though wine has higher alcohol content. The amount of wine equalisation tax (WET) is unrelated to alcohol content. These differences seem unrelated to policy objectives’.
The report found that reform options based on the general taxation principles include broadening the tax base, eliminating preferential treatment of certain beverages and producers, applying a single excise rate, structuring excise so that rates rise as alcohol content increases, and abolishing the WET and replacing it with excise tax. Most importantly, it concluded that ‘[t]axing alcoholic beverages on the basis of alcohol content, combined with a graduated taxation rate, whereby the tax rate rises with the alcohol content of the beverage, would represent a considerable improvement on the current alcohol taxation regime. The evidence indicates that combining a graduated tax based on alcohol content with an increase in the overall tax take would reduce the very considerable social costs of excessive alcohol consumption’.
CONFERENCE AND EVENTS
Southeast Conference on Addictive Disorders 2010, 21–24 February 2010, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Website: http://220.127.116.11/ME2/Sites/Default.asp?SiteID=121FA692C6524EA6A7D1BB32DEE1BEFA
Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Young People, 24 February 2010, Ort House Conference Centre, London, UK. Website: http://www.pavpub.com/pavpub/conferences/showfull.asp?Conference=883
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting, 24–27 February 2010, Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Website: http://www.srnt.org/meeting/2010/index.html
Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, 15–16 March 2010, Santa Monica, California, USA. Website: http://www.rand.org/multi/dprc/issdp2010/index.html
Alcohol and Violence: Relationships, Causality, and Policy, a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, 15–18 March 2010, Melbourne, Australia. Website: http://www.kettilbruun.org/Violence_Melb.htm
18th Annual Public Health Forum: Confronting the Public Health Crisis, 24–25 March 2010, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, UK. Website: http://www.ukpha.org.uk/annual-public-health-forum.aspx
Society of Behavioural Medicine 31st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, 7–10 April 2010, Seattle Sheraton, Seattle, Washington, USA. Website: http://www.sbm.org/meeting/2010/
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 41st Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, 15–18 April 2010, San Francisco, California, USA. Website: http://www.asam.org/AnnualMeeting.html
Harm Reduction 2010: IHRA's 21st International Conference, 25–29 April 2010, Liverpool, UK. Website: http://www.ihra.net/Liverpool/Home
32nd Annual Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS) Conference, 27–30 April 2010, New York City, New York, USA. Website: http://salis.org/conference/conference.html
National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers Annual Conference, 22–25 May 2010, La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Website: http://www.naatp.org/conferences/annualconference.php
The American Psychiatric Association's 2010 Annual Meeting, 22–26 May 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Website: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/mini/index.cfm/minisiteID/47/hit/1/
Association for Psychological Science 22cd Annual Convention, 27–10 May 2010, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Website: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/
36th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, 31 May-4 June 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland. Website: http://www.kbs2010.ch/
The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 18th Annual Meeting: Cells to Society: Prevention at All Levels, 1–4 June 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA. The International Program and the Prevention Research Branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 3rd Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session at this event. Website: http://www.preventionresearch.org/meeting.php
Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP) 2010 World Congress, 6–10 June 2010, Hong Kong, China. Website: http://www.cinp2010.com
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum: Drug Policy, Research, and the Public Good, 11–15 June 2010, Fairmont Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Website: http://international.drugabuse.gov/information/intl_forum_2010.html
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 72nd Annual Meeting, 12–17 June 2010, Fairmont Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Website: http://www.cpdd.vcu.edu/
2010 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference, 14–15 June 2010, Radisson Hotel, Glasgow, UK. Website: http://www.uknscc.org/2010_UKNSCC/intro.html
Inaugural National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference (NIDAC 2010), 16–18 June 2010, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. Website: http://www.nidaconference.com.au/
4th European Alcohol Policy Conference, 16–18 June 2010, Brussels, Belgium. Website: http://www.eurocare.org/press/upcoming_events/4th_european_alcohol_policy_conference_16_18_june_2010_brussels
The International Narcotics Research Conference, 11–16 July 2010, Hilton Hotel, Malmö, Sweden. Website: http://www.inrcworld.org/2010/2010mtg.htm
The International AIDS Society's 18th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), 18–23 July 2010, Vienna, Austria. Website: http://www.aids2010.org/
Translational Research in Methamphetamine Addiction Conference, 19–21 July 2010, Chico Hot Springs and Day Spa, Pray, Montana, USA. Website: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/neurosciences/TRMA2010/
The 20th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, 24–27 July 2010, Scandic Star, Lund, Sweden. Website: http://www.cannabinoidsociety.org/SYMPOSIUM.2010/index.html
International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) 2010 Congress, 13–16 September 2010, Paris, France. Website: http://www.isbra2010paris.org/
The International Society of Addiction Medicine 12th Annual Meeting, 4–7 October 2010, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. Website: http://www.isam2010.medicina.unimib.it/
The American Association of for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, 23–27 October 2010, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Website: http://www.aatod.org/2010chicago.html
Addictions 2010: The New Frontier in Addiction Treatment: Evidence-Based Policy and Practice, 28–31 October 2010, Sheraton National, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Website: http://www.addictions-conference.elsevier.com
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, 6–10 November 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA. Website: http://www.apha.org/meetings/
Alcohol Policy Conference Series #15: Policies for Reducing Problems Associated with Alcohol Availability, 5–7 December 2010, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, USA. A thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, organized by the Silver Gate Group. Website: http://www.silvergategroup.com/ap15/index.htm
Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 13–17 November, San Diego, California, USA. Website: http://www.sfn.org/am2010/
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