Introduction John M. Oldham, M.D., Scott C. Clark, M.D., and William Tucker, M.D. Celebrating a decade of "technology transfer," the New York State Office of Mental Health held its tenth annual research conference in December, 1997, continuing its well-established tradition of presenting new and updated research findings relevant to clinical practice in the public sector. Researchers and expert clinicians from many parts of the country participated in paper presenta- tions, plenary sessions, workshops, review courses and poster ses- sions during the three-day conference, to an audience of over 1,000 registrants. In addition, special features included a live in- teractive satellite broadcast on dissociation and trauma, a "hands-on" session on clinical informatics and several "roundtable controversies"—a new and highly successful format. We have selected six papers from the many outstanding papers presented at the conference, for this special issue of Psychiatric Quarterly. The first three papers focus on aspects of psychophar- macology that are particularly important in clinical work. In the first Carl Salzman reviews what we know about addiction to ben- zodiazepines, a far too common problem that can be troubling and difficult to deal with. The second paper, by Zafar Sharif, reviews the use of several novel agents for Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

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