Conference Workshops

Workshop 1:

Intervention, Risks and Harms of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Facilitator: Prof Dr Giovanni Martinotti

Description: A half-day workshop aimed to educate clinicians, researchers and policy makers on the epidemiology, economics and social and behavioral harms of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The different sessions will focus on the most recent updates on the prevalence and risks associated with NPS and present best practice models of risk and harm prevention strategies. Clinical studies will be presented that define behavioral and cognitive effects of the NPS in laboratory and naturalistic settings. Online material and podcasts will also be available.


Section 1: Epidemiology of NPS – Prof Dr Giovanni Martinotti

Section 2: Policy, Scheduling and Economics of NPS – Dr Andres Roman

Section 3: NPS, Behavior and the Mind: Controlled and Naturalistic Studies with NPS – Prof Dr Jan Ramaekers

Workshop 2:

Clinical Management of NPS Intoxication and Addiction

Facilitator: Dr. Antonio Metastasio

Description: A half-day workshop aimed at updating clinicians and first responders on the clinical management of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) intoxication. The different presentations will focus on the most recent advances in the classification of the main NPS and on the clinical (acute and chronic) effects of the NPS. Approaches to clinical management will be discussed using interactive clinical cases. Online material and podcasts will also be available.


Section 1: NPS: A New Challenge for Health Professionals – Prof Fabrizio Schifano, Dr. Antonio Metastasio

Section 2: Clinical Management of NPS in Different Settings (Clinical Cases) – Prof Owen Bowden-Jones, Dr. Antonio Metastasio

Section 3: Emergencies Cases, Hospitalization and Fatalities – Dr. Andrew Stolbach

Section 4: NPS Guidelines and Educational Resources – Prof Owen Bowden-Jones

Workshop 3:

Identification, Characterization and Analysis of NPS

Facilitator: Donna Papsun

Description: A half-day workshop aimed at providing a cradle-to-grave perspective on topics related to laboratory based identification of NPS. The workshop will cover analytical approaches for the identification, characterization, and confirmation of NPS in seized drugs and toxicology samples, considerations in the preparation of standard reference materials, metabolite and biomarker discovery, and determination of receptor binding and pharmacological activity of new substances, from leaders in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology. Online material and podcasts will be also available.


Section 1: The Use of Combined Seized Drug and Toxicology Workflows for Rapid Identification of Emerging Substances in Response to Public Health Threats – Dr. Alex Krotulski

Section 2: Synthesis, Development, and Naming of NPS Reference Materials – Dr. Donna Iula

Section 3: Implementing Responsive Analytical Workflows for NPS in a Toxicology Laboratory – Ms. Donna Papsun

Section 4: A Role for Bio-Assays in NPS Screening, Characterization and Prioritization – Dr. Christophe Stove