Bridging the Research Gap in the Field of Illicit Drugs Research in the EU

25-25 September 2009, Brussels
Drug use in the EU remains at high levels with up to two million problem drug users in the EU and around 8000 drug-related deaths a year. Research is key to achieving a better understanding of today's illicit drug problems and a central plank of the EU Drugs Strategy and its Action Plan on Drugs 2009-2012.

Research needs in the illicit drugs field cover many disciplines, including clinical psychology, neuroscience, biomedical research, socio-economics, social sciences, epidemiology, genomics, pharmacology, toxicology, criminology, forensics and detection technologies.

This means the picture is fragmented both at national and European level.

Bringing together some 200 policy-makers, researchers, and research funding organisations from across the EU together with representatives from international organisations and the EU institutions, this conference will take stock on research in the field of illicit drugs in the EU, taking a strategic look at future research needs and discussing how coordination and cooperation could be improved at national and EU level to strengthen research capacity in this important research area.

There is no registration fee, registration deadline: 18 September 2009

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