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Australian Society Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drug Conference
November 7th – 10th.
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ICARA Annual Meeting
November 8th, 10 am-12 noon & 2-4 pm GMT.
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Cancellation of the 2021 ISSDP Annual Conference
The ISSDP Board and 2021 Host committee have had to make the difficult decision to fully cancel the 2021 conference in Aguascalientes Mexico due to ongoing uncertainties and restrictions caused by COVID-19.
We are very disappointed that we will not be able to meet as a society in Mexico as originally planned, and hope that we will get another opportunity to meet there in coming years. Moreover, we have further decided that, due to the logistical difficulty of managing an engaging conference when dealing with all the world’s time zones, we will not shift the 2021 conference to a virtual setting. Instead, we encourage you to participate in the ongoing ISSDP virtual seminar series that we have scheduled in an alternating time zones allowing members to join when it is convenient, and catch taped versions later when it is not convenient.
A complete list of our upcoming mentoring and research seminars can be found here: https://www.issdp.org/webinars.
15th Annual ISSDP Conference
Lisbon, November 2022
Satellite ISSDP conference at the Lisbon Addictions Meeting, Tuesday November 22. More details and call for abstracts coming in late November. Lisbon Addictions Conference Wed – Friday November 23-25. ISSDP is co-producing the thematic track on Current and Future Challenges in Global Drug Policy. Abstracts for this are currently open here: Call for abstracts | Lisbon Addictions 2022
In remembrance of our colleague and friend, Tomáš Zábranský
It is with great sadness that ISSDP reports the passing of our friend and colleague, Tomáš Zábranský MD, PhD. Tomáš was part of ISSDP during its origins, contributing both as a highly-regarded epidemiologist who studied blood-borne diseases and mortality among those who used drugs as well as someone who understood the importance of rigorous research reaching policy makers and the need for objective evaluation of government programs and spending. He was an early ISSDP Board member, serving the organization until 2014, sharing his knowledge and experience of how to build bridges between policy research and policy in practice. In 2014, he became the Advisor on Drug Policy to the Czech Prime Minister and later served as the Envoy of the Czech Minister of Health for the Implementation of Medical Cannabis into the Czech Medical System and for Illegal Drug Issues, thereby playing a key role in the development of the Czech drug policy. He also headed up the Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (the national focal point). Tomáš never quit his academic scholarship, authoring over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals in addition to several official reports. His smile, quick wit, and razor focused intellect will be sorely missed by all of us.
For more information on his life and contributions, please see the following: