Invited Speakers

Antonia Abbey

Wayne State University, USA

Antonia Abbey, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychology at Wayne State University and a Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellow. She received her doctoral degree in social psychology from Northwestern University and has a long-standing research interest in in women’s health, substance use, and reducing violence against women.

She has published more than 100 empirical articles, review papers, and chapters, with a focus in recent years on alcohol’s role in sexual aggression.

Her research has primarily been funded by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She has also served on a variety of U.S. national advisory committees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Justice, and the Pentagon. Her presentation will summarize recent research regarding the nexus of alcohol, sexual perception, misperception, consent, perceived norms, and violence in night time environments.

Tibor Brunt

Trimbos Institute, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Netherlands.

Tibor Brunt is a PhD in psychopharmacology and behavioural sciences and works as principal investigator at the department of Drug Monitoring of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction. He belongs to the senior research staff of the Drug Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) project. His primary research activities have been in the field of illicit drugs and addiction. The main goals of his research have been to better understand psychopharmacological and toxicological effects of illicit drugs and to aim at preventing associated risks by informing general public, professionals and policy makers.

Tibor is also affiliated as postdoctoral fellow with the department Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.

Tibor’s presentation will consider the historical and political context of nightlife related drug testing in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Fiona Lyons

GUIDE clinic, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Fiona Lyons is a consultant in Genitourinary/HIV Medicine at the GUIDE clinic, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. She is also the current Clinical Lead in Sexual Health, working with the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme on implementation of Ireland’s first national Sexual Health Strategy.

Fiona qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1992 and trained initially in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed her training in Genitourinary/HIV medicine in 2004.

Her special interests include HIV in women; pregnancy and marginalised groups. In her current clinical lead role, she has a particular interest in models of STI service delivery.

Fiona will deliver a keynote presentation on ‘Sexual behaviour, drugs and nightlife: working together to overcome challenges and develop effective responses’, which will describe the challenges posed by Chemsex and the multisectoral work that is being done to develop effective responses in Ireland.

Michael Livingston

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Australia

Dr Michael Livingston is an epidemiologist and public health researcher working at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University, Melbourne. His work explores the effectiveness of policies to reduce alcohol-related harm in Australia and the measurement of alcohol consumption and related problems. With a background in criminology and statistics, Michael’s work on the relationship between the density of alcohol outlets and alcohol problems has had significant impact on planning and liquor licensing policy in Australia.

In this presentation, Michael will outline recent restrictions to licensed premise trading hours introduced in Newcastle, Sydney and Queensland. He will explore the drivers of these policy changes and summarise their impacts from both a public health and broader social perspective.

Chris Luke

Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital Cork, Ireland

Chris is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. Chris’s special interests include improving the organisation of emergency healthcare and medical education; public health policy; and the healthcare implications of modern urban life – from violence to homelessness, substance and alcohol misuse.

‘Nightclub Medicine’ is a particular interest since he collaborated with Cream, the Liverpool superclub in the late 1990s, to enhance the safety of the venue for clubbers. Chris was a founder member of “Club Cork”, a multi-agency course in customer care and safety undertaken in licensed premises throughout Ireland’s second city.

Chris’s presentation at Club Health Dublin 2017 will explore club health medicine –past, present and future.

João Matias

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs
and Drug Addiction

João is an epidemiologist, graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In 2004, he joined the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction as a scientific agent in the Prevalence, data management and content coordination Unit, based in Lisbon.

He is now scientific analyst on drug use, responsible for the key epidemiological indicator ‘Prevalence and patterns of drug use’, managing, amongst others, projects on drug use in nightlife settings and the European Web Survey on Drugs.

João has also worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as a statistician in the Statistics and Surveys Section, being responsible for coordinating and drafting the sections on drug markets for the World Drug Report.

Fiona Measham

School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University and The Loop, UK

Fiona is a Professor of Criminology at Durham University. She has conducted research for over 25 years exploring changing trends in drugs; the nighttime economy and the socio-cultural context to consumption; the regulation and policing of club drug cultures; and broader policy implications.

Fiona is also the Director of The Loop, a not-for-profit drug and alcohol service providing advice and brief interventions in festivals and nightclubs to reduce harm and promote health and wellbeing in the night time economy: Fiona will consider the achievements, challenges and future potential of ‘front of house’ drug testing or ‘drug checking’ after having introduced Multi Agency Safety Testing to the UK in 2016

Sarah Morton

Director of the Community Partnership Drugs Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin

Dr Sarah Morton is Director of the Community Partnership Drugs Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D from the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath. Dr Morton has extensive experience in policy, practice and outcome evaluation in relation to addressing complex social issues including drug and alcohol use.

In recent years, she has focused on the interplay of violence and substance use and on innovation in substance use interventions for individuals, families and communities.
Her presentation will consider nightlife for socially excluded communities, particularly those where there has been little or no health intervention to reduce harm and risk.

Global Drug Survey Team

Adam R. Winstock, Larissa J. Maier, Monica J. Barratt and Jason A. Ferris
Global Drug Survey (GDS) runs the world’s biggest drug survey, which is available in 10 languages. In 2011, GDS was founded by Adam R. Winstock aiming to access hidden, sentinel drug using populations. Adam is a consultant addiction psychiatrist based in London and an honorary reader at University College London. He has built up an international network of addiction researchers, epidemiologists, criminologists, toxicologists and prevention workers practicing harm reduction. Adam is supported by a core group of the three scientists; based in Switzerland (Larissa) and Australia (Monica & Jason).
Larissa holds a PhD in addiction psychology and a Master in clinical psychology. She is a promising early career researcher at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on drug use epidemiology, motives for use, drug testing and cognitive enhancement. Monica holds a PhD in sociology and public health. She leads a program of research at the Drug Policy Modeling Program, part of Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She studies online drug markets or cryptomarkets and policy responses to new psychoactive substance evolution. Jason holds a PhD in drug and alcohol epidemiology and a Master of biostatistics. Focusing on drug and alcohol epidemiology and associated harms he is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. He is the chief biostatistician of GDS. Monica and Jason are both funded through Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s postdoctoral fellowships.
Together they form the GDS Core Research Team that is responsible for the curation, content and analysis of the annual survey and leadership over aims and objectives of GDS. Their overall goal is to make drug use safer, regardless of the legal status of the drug. In their keynote presentation, they will introduce the GDS methodology and launch the main results of Global Drug Survey 2017 (data collection end 2016).

Ken Pennington

St Andrew’s University, Scotland, UK

Ken holds a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies with St Andrews University. He has lectured on terrorism in Nigeria for the UK Department of Foreign Investment and Development and for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Poland and Spain.

Ken is a qualified trainer with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe for their Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Policing program and with the FBI National Academy Association. Ken regularly provides talks on international terrorism, including Iceland, Albania, Spain and California (FBINAA) in 2016.

He was also invited to join a working group on preventing torture with the United Nations in Washington USA in 2016. As of January 2017 Ken is a Fellow with the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation. His role is to take the strategic lessons learned from counterterrorism and apply them to preventing slavery and human trafficking. Ken will address the issue of terrorism and nightlife at Club Health Dublin 2017 including what bars, clubs and the wider nighttime environment should do to manage risks and ensure contingency plans are in place.

Judith Noijen

Jellinek Prevention, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Judith Noijen is a senior staff member of the prevention department of Jellinek in Amsterdam. Jellinek Prevention responds to developments in the field of alcohol and drug related issues, education, policy and research. Judith’s focus has been on promoting the role of health and education in preventing nightlife related risks. She has done so through research, drug checking, staff training, peer education interventions and setting up a strong network and structure in close cooperation with event organisers and club owners,

Judith’ presentation will provide an insight in the national Celebrate Safe campaign, an umbrella under which various health promotion topics are brought together and addressed towards the visitors of over a 150 venues and events supporting the campaign. By setting up a unique public private partnership, which is supported by public health organisations, governments and by obtaining scientific knowledge and tools to improve existing interventions, Celebrate Safe has been able to get the most relevant messages, in the most effective way, to the people who most need to hear it.

Philip Kolvin QC

Cornerstone Barristers, Chair of Night Time Commission for London, UK

Philip is the Head of Cornerstone Barristers and a leading specialist in the field of licensing, working across the spectrum of regulatory control including alcohol, entertainment, sports, gambling, transportation and adult entertainment. His clients include national and local regulators, police, the industry from national chains to independent operators, and also community and campaign groups, including representing the internationally famous dance venue Fabric Nightclub.

Philip is a nationally recognized advisor on night time economy strategies, having chaired Purple Flag, the national program for the accreditation of safe, welcoming, diverse and accessible night time economies, Best Bar None, which accredits safe bars, and the Institute of Licensing. He is the author of a number of textbooks in the field. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Nightworks, a new not for profit company established to research and promote the benefit of diversity in the night time economy. He has recently been appointed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to be the Chair of the Night Time Commission for London.

Philip will be speaking about the role of partnership in place-making and public protection.

+ more TBC!