The Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program
The Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training (DDET) Program is a T32 research training program in the epidemiology of drug dependence. It is housed in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. The DDET Program currently funds 13 trainees; 7 predoctoral students and 6 postdoctoral fellows. The DDET Program is supported primarily by T32 research training grant awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the NIH Fogarty International Center. Dr. C. Debra Furr-Holden is the training program director.
The Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program is designed to develop expert scientists in the field of the epidemiology and consequences of drug dependence. A primary goal of research emphasized within the DDET Program is to explicate biological and environmental factors associated with changes in drug taking behavior, variations in problem severity of drug use, and risk and protective factors associated with the consequences of drug taking behavior, including infectious disease, cancer, or dementia, in addition to complications associated with prenatal drug exposure.
Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees are encouraged and expected to develop research projects and submit manuscripts for publication in scientific journals. They are also expected to present their work at scientific conferences. Collaboration is highly encouraged, within and outside of the DDET group.