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Substance use and mental health: Causal questions and interdisciplinary research
16 June - 17 June 2022
NIAS Conference Room & Online
Workshop

Substance use and mental health: Causal questions and interdisciplinary research

NIAS WORKSHOP

This workshop is being organised by dr. Jorien Treur as part of her research to tackle the burden of substance use among those with a mental health disorder. Dr. Treur is supported in carrying out this work by the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

About the programme

Compared to the general population, people with a mental health disorder are much more likely to initiate substance use (among which smoking alcohol, and cannabis) and develop a substance use dependency. A better understanding of the nature of the relationship between substance use and mental health can help improve prevention and treatment. To what degree the relationship is causal is especially unclear. And what is the causal direction do mental health problems lead to substance use and / or does substance use negatively affect mental health?

Given that substance use and mental health disorders both have a complex and multifactorial etiology, evidence needs to be combined and translated across research disciplines (experimental animal, genetics, clinical). This workshop will include expert lectures on smoking alcohol, and cannabis use in relation to mental health, as well as on causality and interdisciplinarity. During small group brainstorm sessions we will discuss the current evidence and knowledge gaps as well as potential implications for preventive efforts, treatment, and public health messages.

Workshop speakers

dr. Laura Goodwin, Lancaster University (UK)
prof. Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford (UK)
dr. Amir Englund, King’s College London (UK)
prof. Marcus Munafò, University of Bristol (UK)
dr. Leonie Brose, King’s College London (UK)
prof. Arnt Schellekens, Radboud University Medical Center
prof. Gera Nagelhout, Maastricht University / IVO
dr. Eline Smit, University of Amsterdam
dr. Federica Russo, University of Amsterdam
dr. Nathan Marchant, Amsterdam UMC
dr. Michel Nivard, VU University Amsterdam

Attendance

Entrance is free (including lunch) but the number of places is limited. Please register via email at j.l.treur@amsterdamumc.nl.

Full programme to be announced.

Made possible by NIAS and Partners:

  • For Women in Science Award Ceremony
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