Monday, 26 February 2018

Event 1 - The Centre for Addiction Research Mini Symposium

This mini symposium takes a closer look at ‘Research diversity – from laboratory research to policy research’ with our Centre members discussing current research projects and future initiatives that strengthen the understanding, prevention and treatment of addictive consumptions in New Zealand.

The programme has been designed to provide top-level overviews of research projects at the Centre. These research projects will be of interest to clinicians, policymakers, researchers and others working within this field in New Zealand.

Date: Monday 26 February 2018
Time: 2-5.30pm
Venue: School of Population Health,
Building 730, Room 730-220,
Gate 1, 261 Morrin Road
Tāmaki Innovation Campus
The University of Auckland
St Johns, Auckland

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Event 2 - 'How an enlightened approach to drug policy could revolutionise medicine as well as reducing drug harms'

Also on 26 February 2018 will be a public lecture presented by the esteemed visiting addiction researcher, Professor David Nutt, being hosted by the Centre for Addiction Research.

Professor David Nutt is the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London.

In his lecture titled, How an enlightened approach to drug policy could revolutionise medicine as well as reducing drug harms, Professor Nutt will cover the flaws in current drug control regulations, in particular how they often lead to more harms than good.

He will then explain how the bans on drugs such as cannabis, MDMA and psychedelics severely block research in many areas of medicine, from epilepsy and pain control to PTSD and depression. This is to the detriment of patients and health professionals.

Finally, Professor Nutt will recommend sensible new approaches for drug policies to empower research and treatment and minimise harms. 

Date: Monday 26 February 2018
Time: 6-7pm
Venue: School of Population Health,
Building 722, Room 722-201,
Gate 1, 261 Morrin Road
Tāmaki Innovation Campus
The University of Auckland
St Johns, Auckland 

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