New Drug Seminars – Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

Event Date 29 June 2015
Redmonds Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool   L3 5UG

University of Kent presents:

New Drug Seminars

Seminar 3: New Drugs: Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

The third event in our seminar series focuses on psychopharmacology, identity and human enhancement. The seminar will ask questions about how psychopharmacology adds to our understanding of, and response to, difficult policy questions, as well as exploring novel methodologies for the investigation of user behaviours.  Although the day will include sessions on both NPS and enhancement drugs, we will focus on the former as a general theme, and the latter in more detail.
The learning from the day will also go towards informing Seminar 6, to be held in Spring 2016, which will examine how the social sciences can inform the development of novel harm reduction, treatment and supportive interventions for users of these drugs. We hope that attendees are also able to participate in that event.

Welcome and introduction by Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU):

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Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU) – The new Psychoactive Substances Bill and contribution of (social) psychopharmacology to policy making:

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Jim McVeigh (LJMU) – Experiential psychopharmacology of enhancement drugs:

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Katy McCloud (Scottish Drugs Forum) – Experiential psychopharmacology of NPS:

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Rebekah Brennan (Waterford) – Clinical outcomes of melanotan use:

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Dr Rebecca Askew (MMU) – Listening to drug takers: how user experiences and perspectives can help inform harm reduction, education and policy:

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Spotlight on PhD research:

Lucy Wallis (LJMU) – Diffusion of NPS:

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Kieran Hamilton (Uni West Scotland) – Hegemonic discourse in online NPS communities:

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