October 19-20, 2020
12:00 - 19:00 GMT

Addiction Medicine Virtual 2020

Theme: Highlighting Recent Advances and Techniques in Addiction Medicine Research
Speakers / July 2020
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Steven Wright

Wright Medical, LLC, USA

Biography
Title:
Benzodiazepines: A Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight
Biography
Steven Wright, MD, is a residency-trained family physician with a 37 year clinical career. Active in addiction medicine (board certified) 32 years and medical pain management 16 years, his interests include the neurophysiology and treatment of pain and addiction, non-opioid analgesia, opioids, benzodiazepines, cannabis, adverse consequences, best practices, systems of care, advocacy, and policy development. He is the medical consultant for The Schreiber Research Group and the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices. He is based in Littleton, CO, USA.
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Joseph Sadek

Dalhousie University, Canada

Biography
Title:
Substance Use Disorder and ADHD
Biography
Dr. Sadek is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and an Associate Scientist with the Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU). He chaired the provincial Suicide Prevention Task Force and served as the regional director for the Canadian ADHD resource Alliance and the head of the neurosciences professional competency unit component at Dalhousie University. Dr. Sadek is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (DABPN) and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) (2005). In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Sadek also holds a pharmacy degree (B.Sc. Pharm) and an MBA from St. Mary's University in Halifax and completed the one year Global Clinical Scholars research Training program (GCSRT) at Harvard University. Dr. Sadek completed his psychiatry residency program (Dalhousie University) and psychopharmacology research training, (Harvard University) in 2004. Dr. Sadek published 4 books including Clinician’s guide to ADHD (2013), Clinician’s guide to adult ADHD comorbidities (2016), Clinician’s guide to Children and Adolescents  ADHD comorbidities (2018),  and The Clinician’s Guide to suicide risk assessment and management (2018). Dr. Sadek has several peer reviewed publications and served as principal investigator for several clinical trials. He wrote a book chapter: Stimulant Medications, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology in 2017. He is also an external reviewer for several journals.
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Kalliopi Megari

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Biography
Title:
Neuropsychology matters in Brain Disorders assessment and Rehabilitation: Neuropsychological assessment of a young patient with a Vascular Stroke following intoxication
Biography
Dr. Megari is an experienced psychologist working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Research and Learning Disabilities. Graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and attended further education from University of Macedonia, in people with special needs and disabilities. She holds undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Psychology, as well as a Masters and a PhD in Neuropsychology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has many years of experience working with chronic disease patients as well with people with disabilities. She is postdoctoral researcher and has published more than 10 research articles in journals.
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Lajos Kemeny

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

Biography
Title:
Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates UV/endorphin and opioid addiction
Biography
Dr. Lajos Kemény studied Medicine at University of Szeged, Hungary. He graduated as an MD in 2013. He then started his residency training in Dermatology at the same institution and received his PhD degree in 2014 working on ion channels in the gastrointestinal system. In 2014 he joined the laboratory of Dr. David Fisher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he has been studying on melanocyte and melanoma biology, with a special focus on UV radiation induced behavior changes.
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Traci A. Owens

Attorney at Law San Jose, USA

Biography
Title:
Withdrawal and Grief for Incarcerated People
Biography
Traci A Owens undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University ‘95. My JD is from Emory University ‘98. I have 22 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney including Capital cases.
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Navin Kumar Devaraj

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Biography
Title:
Primary Care and Mental Health Problems
Biography
Navin Kumar Devaraj holds a Master of Medicine degree in Family Medicine from University of Malaya since 2016. He is a Family Medicine Specialist and a medical lecturer with the Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has published more than 40 papers in reputed journals and has been actively involved in both academic and community level.
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Suraiya Saleem

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, India

Biography
Title:
Understanding neuron death and brain targeted drug delivery
Biography
Suraiya Saleem studied Zoology at the Calcutta University, India and graduated with distinction in Zoology and Genetics in 2009. She then joined the research group of Dr. Subhas C. Biswas at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Central Research Institute, India. She received her PhD degree in 2017 at the same institution. After two years of postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr R. R. Kannan at the Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, India she obtained the position of a Young Scientist. She has published more than 15 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
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Zongwang Zhang

Liaocheng People’s Hospital, China

Biography
Title:
Interferon regulatory factor 8 is crucial for the nicotine withdrawal-induced hyperalgesia in mice
Biography
Zongwang Zhang ,professor and PhD supervisor of Shandong University and head of Department of Anesthesiology, Liaocheng People’s Hospital, Shandong. He got the Master’s degree (2000) in anesthesiology from Xuzhou Medical University, Jiangsu, and Ph.D. degree (2013) in anesthesiology from Shandong University, Jinan, respectively. He is a member of Anesthesiologists Branch of Chinese Medical Doctor Association studied anesthesiology and director of China Higher Anesthesiology Education Research Association. His main research interest is the basic and clinical research of acute and chronic pain. He has published more than 60 papers in core journals at home and abroad, including 18 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
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Prof Dr. Redhwan Ahmed Al-Naggar

Al-Hikmah University, Sana’a, Yemen

Biography
Title:
Effectiveness of Psilocybin on Depression
Biography
Al-Naggar studied Community Medicine at National University of Malaysia in 2008, then fellowship in National Institute of Health 2013. Prof. Al-Naggar obtained the position of Professor of Community Medicine at UiTM, Malaysia. He has published more than 300 research articles in SCI (E) journals.
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Saara Ahmad Muddasir Khan

Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Role of environment in control and cessation of substance abuse
Biography
Saara Ahmad Muddasir Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. She has MBBS, M.Phil. (Biochemistry) and PhD (Biochemistry) degrees to her credit. Her field of interest includes neurochemistry and biochemical neuropharmacology in psycho-neurological deficits, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia, neuroendocrinology and genetics of rare disorders. She is also involved in development of translational medicine in the fields of neurology and psychiatry. Her domain of research also involves unveiling of rare genetic mutations in stone formation and neuro genetics. She is also working as the coordinator of the MPhil Endocrinology and Neurosciences programs of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the Aga Khan University.
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