Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS

The work at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS is led by senior scientist Sarah Forberger. In her research, she combines public policy and implementation research approaches to analyze the linkage of law and soft law regulations and its impact on interventions and the role and use of evidence and knowledge in substance use policies. Forberger will work with Doris Ochterbeck in the project.

The BIPS team will be joined by a research assistant and Prof. Gerhard Buehringer (TU Dresden), a well-recognized researcher in substance use research.

Centre de Recherche, CHU Ste-Justine

The work in CHU Ste-Justine is led by professor Patricia Conrod. Patricia Conrod’s research focuses on cognitive, personality and biological risk factors for the development and maintenance of drug abuse and the factors that mediate the co-occurrence of addictive behaviours with other mental disorders. She uses brain research on addiction in the school prevention programme that she has developed. Conrod will work with Elroy Boers in the project.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada consists of three clinical and epidemiological researchers: team leader and senior scientist Christian Hendershot specialized in the etiology and treatment of alcohol use disorders, including the role of pharmacogenetics in alcohol treatments, professor Jürgen Rehm a world-recognized leader in the epidemiology and global health burden of addictions, and senior scientist John Cunningham, an expert in public health-based interventions for addictions treatment, including internet-based interventions.

University of Helsinki (UH), Finland, Coordinator and project lead

Project leader, research director Matilda Hellman is specialized in theory and methods of the study of concepts of addiction, and has long experience of international project lead and management in the field of addiction studies. The Helsinki team at the CEACG (University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance)  consists, in addition to Hellman, of two post doc researchers: Dr. Michael Egerer, specialized in qualitative inquiries of professionals’ views on addiction, and Dr. Anna Alanko, specialized in mental health policies and governance. Petteri Koivula is joining the team as PhD student starting May 2018. Andrey Scherbakov from the Arcada University of Applied Sciences is plugging into the media study with quantitative web-based textual searchers.