Welcome to the ITTC Network
Kim Johnson, Executive Director of ICUDDR
I am very pleased to be able to officially announce the creation of the ITTC Network. The International
Technology Transfer Centers or ITTCs is a network of universities that use a technology transfer model of
addressing the needs for drug demand reduction services in their country or region. Technology
transfer is a conceptual model of how research is moved into practice in a deliberate way. Technology
transfer is a way of recognizing that training individuals is necessary but insufficient to ensure science-
based strategies are adopted in practice.
Activities that universities might conduct in the role of ITTC are needs assessments for government or
community entities; developing materials that translate scientific research into training tools,
community education materials or other communication methods that make scientific findings
understandable to the general public or practitioners; disseminating science, which might include
presentations to non-scientific audiences, lifelong training programs, adaptations to academic curricula
or other dissemination methods. Finally, working with individuals and organizations to change policy
and practice so that the best quality of services can be provided.
ITTC Technology Transfer Model
For the past four years, ICUDDR has helped universities create and improve their drug demand
reduction academic programs. Our member surveys indicate that most of our members provide
continuing or life long education even when they don’t have academic programs that are specific to
drug demand reduction. Our creation of the ITTC Network recognizes that there are multiple means by
which a university can support drug demand reduction in its catchment area .
To learn more about the model, visit the ITTC Network webpage. Or read these articles:
Hosting the ITTC Network is a way for ICUDDR to meet its mission in community engagement and
advocacy as well as education and applied research. We are excited to have INL fund five universities to
participate in the network. We will work with other universities that are interested in joining the
network by providing training and technical assistance in using the model as well as helping to identify
sources of funds to support participation. Unfortunately, we need to charge a fee for participation so
that we can support the training and mutual support activities to bring ITTCs into the network. This is
ICUDDR’s first activity that has a fee attached.
I hope that if you are interested, you will contact us to talk about joining the network. We are happy to
work with you to figure out the requirements and ways to cover costs. We expect to start small, with
only 10 or fewer members this year. Then we will grow the network in the same way that we have
grown the ICUDDR network so that in a few years, we have a global network of universities sharing
knowledge and experience in providing technology transfer activities to reduce the burden of alcohol
and drug use in their countries.