Update from the ISAM Neurosciences Interest Group

December 2


ISAM NIG “Sharing is Caring” Initiative

Following our recently published roadmap and strategic plan, ISAM NIG is interested to provide a platform to encourage addiction neuroscience researchers to share their resources to promote quality of scientific evidence produced across the world. We hope this will promote potentials to reshape the daily practice of addiction in the international level with strong neuroscience evidence replicated in different contexts. These shared resources could be presented in the following categories:


  • Research Protocols: Principle investigators can share their detailed research protocols with other labs across the world to be replicated,
  • Assessment/Intervention Instruments: Developers can share their instruments (from fMRI tasks to cognitive training interventions) to be translated, culturally adapted and tested in different countries within the ISAM NIG network.
  •  Multi-Site Research Collaboration Opportunities: Lab directors can post opportunities for other labs across the world to collect data together with the same protocol at the same time.
  •  Supervision-Mentorship Opportunities (for students and junior researchers): Senior scientists in the field who are interested to remotely supervise brilliant students in other countries for addiction neuroscience projects can announce their willingness and criteria to accept remote mentees.
  • Educational Opportunity: Workshop/course organizers and authors of educational resources can share the available opportunities to promote the quality of human resources in the field.


Sample Shared Resources:


  1. LIBR MOCD: Drug cue reactivity (DCR) is widely used in experimental settings for both assessment and intervention in substance use disorders. There is a limitation in validated databases of pictorial cues available for different drug. Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) Methamphetamine and Opioid Cue Database (LIBR MOCD) provides a resource of validated images/tasks for DCR studies. Additionally, researchers can select several sets of unique but equivalent images based-on their psychological/physical characteristics for multiple assessments/interventions.


The entire database and its fMRI tasks are available here:


The MOCD development team is extending this database for cocaine, cannabis, alcohol and nicotine. There is an interest in validating this database in different treatment settings and other countries. Please feel free to contact the development team if you need any further information: hekhtiari@laureateinstitute.org


  1. ENIGMA ACRI: The ENIGMA network brings together researchers to understand brain structure, function, and disease, based on brain imaging and genetic data. ENIGMA Addiction Working group has recently started a new initiative to harmonize research methods in the task-based fMRI to provide a platform for data sharing and large-scale meta-analysis in the future. This initiative has started with Addiction Cue Reactivity Initiative (ACRI). ENIGMA ACRI is developing a checklist and a consensus paper to harmonize the field with all future studies using fMRI drug cue reactivity. Those researchers who are interested to contribute may send an email to ACRI@gmail.com


  1. INTAM: International Network of tES/TMS Trials for Addiction Medicine (INTAM) has recently published a consensus paper with 76 authors from +50 member labs in 17 countries.


INTAM is working on a new methodologic checklist and few shared protocols for brain stimulation studies in addiction medicine.

You can find previous INTAM webinars on YouTube:


To join INTAM network and learn more about its activity, you can send an email to INTAM2018@gmail.com


Please send us your posts for the resource you are interested to share with its supplements to ISAM.NIG@gmail.com for a rapid review. We post the reviewed posts and resources in this page and inside ISAM e-Newsletter.

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