International Events


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

SPR International Committee International Networking Forum

Many thanks to our “Contributor” Sole Sponsor

Master of Science and PhD Programs in Prevention Science and Community Health at The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Chair: Amanda Nguyen, PhD, University of Virginia


The SPR International Committee supports the Society’s commitment to cross-national prevention research. Our annual International Networking Forum is designed to be friendly and interactive.




12:30-1:15                  Registration and informal connections


1:15-1:18                    Welcome from SPR President


1:18-1:30                    Whole-group introductions


1:30-1:45                    Overview from the International Committee

  • Purpose, Goals and Structures
  • Strategic Plans – Met and in Progress
  • Invitation to New Members


1:45-2:05                    Brief Progress Reports on Key Actions and Initiatives

  • International collaboration on climate action
  • Prevention science special issue on human ecosystem disruptions
  • International dialog on cannabis legislation


2:05-3:00                    Break out into topic discussion sessions (Potential topics)

  • Prevention science at the intersection of climate action and health
  • International perspectives on emerging issues in cannabis legislation and health
  • Prevention science in health communication and misinformation
  • International collaborations, networking, and mentorship
  • (Discussions will be facilitated to consolidate on 3-4 main points of action)


3:00-3:35                    Report back from topic discussion sessions – 3-4 main points of action


3:35-4:15                    Reports from International Organizations and Governmental Agencies

  • US Department of State (TBC)
  • NIDA (TBC)


4:15-4:30                    Summary of decisions/ideas for moving forward/ Closing remarks.

Reminder of international sessions in the conference


Attendance at the International Networking Forum is free for those who have registered for the SPR Conference:

NIDA International Poster Session

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The International Program and the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 15th Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session at the SPR 30th Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, May 31 – June 3, 2022. The poster session will take place in conjunction with the SPR opening reception and Poster I session, following the preconference workshops on May 31, 2022.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

SPR International Committee Invited Roundtable: Prevention Science International Workgroup on Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Time: 3:35 pm – 4:55 pm

Chair: Brenda A. Miller, PhD


Kristie Ebi, PhD, University of Washington, Elena Gervilla, PhD, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Spain, Carl Latkin, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

The most recent report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addresses the impact of climate change on health, wellbeing and the changing structures of communities (Chapter 7). This chapter emphasizes actions needed to proactively assist humans in adaptation and building resilience to combat the most detrimental risks likely to be encountered by people around the world. The roundtable will focus on what actions can be taken by those of us engaged in prevention science to address these concerns. Dr. Kristie Ebi, (Professor University Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, Seattle) is a lead author of this chapter and will be sharing with us her perspectives regarding actions that are most important for the field of prevention science. Dr. Elena Gervilla will represent the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) and share the action steps currently underway in Europe. She will also address concerns about the environmental degradation concerns related to war. Dr. Carl Latkin will share findings from the SPR survey of members, which will indicate the actions most supported by SPR members for addressing climate change. The latter half of the session will involve commentary and questions from the audience. Our purpose is to promote ongoing dialogue about the next steps for prevention science to promote climate action. Dr. Brenda A. Miller will moderate the roundtable.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

SPR International Committee: Is Cannabis Legalization Increasing Birth Defects and Cancers?

Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Chair: John W. Toumbourou, PhD, Deakin University Australia

Discussants: Stuart Reece, PhD, University of Western Australia, Eric Brown, PhD, University of Miami, Lisa Brents, PhD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Crystal L. Smith, Washington State University, Bruce Carlson, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

This Roundtable Discussion will continue a theme initiated in 2021 by the SPR International Committee, focused on evidence-based advocacy to reduce the harms of cannabis legalization. Last year’s Roundtable heard evidence that cannabis legalization (medical and recreational) was causally implicated in the rise in birth defects and cancers observed across the United States in past decades (Reece and Hulse, 2021. Epidemiological overview of multidimensional chromosomal and genome toxicity of cannabis exposure in congenital anomalies and cancer development. Sci Rep. 11(1):13892. This year’s Roundtable will again be hosted by the SPR International Committee and will firstly examine more recent international evidence of rising birth defects and causal associations with rising use of cannabinoids (THC, CBD and other cannabinoids). Next, current research evidence will be examined evaluating the quality of epidemiological evidence for estimating population trends in cannabinoid use and birth defects. Finally, research experts will overview whether medical and recreational cannabis use damages human genetics. Discussant one will address the topic of the “international evidence of rising birth defects and causal associations with rising cannabis use association with cannabis liberalization and legalization”. Research will be outlined demonstrating rising birth defects and child cancers internationally. Data linkage to temporal and geographic behavioral data will be used to demonstrate causal associations with cannabis use and state policy changes. Discussant two will overview research evaluating the quality of epidemiological evidence for estimating population trends in cannabis use and harms. Discussants three, four and five will overview current research as to whether and by what mechanisms the use of cannabinoids damages human biological and genetic pathways.