RICPA is the Ibero-American Network for clinical and pre-clinical research on addictions and problematic substance use (RICPA), a network that emerged from an AUIP call, https://auip.org/es/
The general objective of RICPA is to promote cooperation between research groups that, both preclinical and clinical, analyze the extent and determinants of addictions and problematic substance use.
- RICPA is interested in promoting multicenter and multicultural epidemiological studies that promote comparison of the extent of substance use, its determinants and associated consequences in Ibero-American countries, as well as preclinical studies that take advantage of the intrinsic resources of each region.
- Another objective is to promote the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students between the laboratories and groups that are members of the network , and the application of joint financing to solve the projects associated with these exchanges.
- The network also pursues the regular organization of events for the exchange and presentation of scientific content inherent to addictions and problematic substance use, which may eventually be reflected in publications and editorial projects; as well as the organization of courses.
- Finally, the network may act as a consultative body for legislative or public health agencies of each member country , in order to promote laws, regulations, and actions that promote the health of the populations.
RICPA arises as a need to unite the efforts of research groups or laboratories interested in the subject , from the Ibero-American region, tending to meet objectives that are not covered by other networks or associations. More in detail, its objectives are:
- Promote the exchange of graduate students between the nodes of the network.
- Promote the search for and obtaining joint financing to solve the projects associated with these exchanges.
- Promote the organization of academic events.
- Promote publications and editorial projects on the target topic.
- Promote the organization of courses on the target topic.
- Act as a consultative body for legislative or public health agencies of each member country.