NDRI researchers convene APSAD

NDRI researchers Dr Julia Butt and Dr Robert Tait are the conference co-convenors for the 2015 APSAD (Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs) scientific conference. The conference will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth from Sunday 8 November to Wednesday 11 November 2015, and will feature an exciting program of national and international speakers.

The APSAD conference program will explore the individual, cultural, political, social and other contexts critical to effective prevention and treatment, through poster presentations, symposia, keynotes and concurrent sessions. This year's conference will be in collaboration with the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) and will address a diverse range of issues including co-existing mental health and drug problems, aetiology, policy innovations, emerging psychoactive substances, responding to First Peoples’ needs and addressing drug related harms.

The co-conveners are excited to announce that the international keynote speakers this year will be Professors Brown, Kilmer and Cunningham. Professor Sandra Brown is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California (San Diego) and her research focuses on substance use across the lifespan including psychosocial factors influencing transitions out of alcohol and drug problems. She has also developed behavioural interventions for comorbid substance use and depression.

Professor Beau Kilmer is a director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center where his work includes the assessment of South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program on drunk driving, domestic violence, and mortality. He is also involved in evaluating the size of illegal drug markets and marijuana policies.

Rebecca Cunningham is a Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Among her NIH funded projects are evaluation studies on substance abuse: one focusing on the intersection of youth violence and drug use, and one focusing on underage alcohol misuse and associated injury. Her focus on brief interventions in the emergency room has helped position the emergency department as a critical location for public health interventions, specifically for violence.

Posted on: 1 Apr 2016

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