'Alcohol and British Society' - Alcohol Research UK

'Alcohol and British Society' - Alcohol Research UK
LOCATION
London UK
EVENT THEME
EVENT SUMMARY
Alcohol Research UK's 2013 conference took place on 12 March 2013, exploring alcohol and British society:

Understanding the role of alcohol in contemporary British society is key to targeting the harms it can cause. This conference presented some of the latest developments in alcohol research, addressing issues such as:

-Why alcohol harms are unevenly spread across different social groups
-How policy interventions impact on different communities
-Methods for the identification and prevention of harmful...
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Further information
Event speakers:

Professor Mark Bellis
Professor Mark Bellis is Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and the North West Public Health Observatory... Read more >
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is a Chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance... Read more >
Dr Jan Gill
Senior lecturer at Queen Margaret University... Read more >
Professor Jonathan Chick
Professor Jonathan Chick is a registered specialist in general adult psychiatry and in substance misuse... Read more >
Professor Paul Wallace
Professor Paul Wallace is currently the Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC)Heads of Departments Group... Read more >
Mr Stuart Linke
Stuart is Head Of Islington Mental Health Psychology Services (Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust) and Honourary Research Fellow in the E - health unit... Read more >
Professor Keith Humphreys
Keith Humphreys is a Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a VA Senior Research Career Scientist and a CHP/PCOR associate... Read more >

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Professor Ilora Finlay
Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University... Read more >

 
David Foxcroft
David Foxcroft is a Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University... Read more >

 
Professor Robin Davidson
Professor Robin Davidson has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for more years than he cares to remember... Read more >

More clips on FEAD from Robin Davidson >
Professor Mark Bellis is Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and the North West Public Health Observatory, the lead UK observatory for public health intelligence on violence, alcohol and drugs. Professor Bellis heads the Centre's teams of academics and health professionals undertaking national and international projects addressing violence, substance use, sexual behaviour and public health intelligence. He is the UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention, chair of the VPA Working Group on Youth Violence, Alcohol and Nightlife, and directs Club Health, an international initiative sharing good practice on nightlife health and security. Professor Bellis is a member of the Medical Research Council's College of Public Health Experts and has acted as expert advisor on alcohol and drug use to the Department of Health, WHO, the United Nations and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is a Chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance. During his time as a president of the College from 2006 to 2010 he made several public statements on alcohol misuse in the United Kingdom, and under his leadership the Royal College initiated the Alcohol Health Alliance UK in 2007. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours. In August 2010, Sir Ian said that "making drugs such as heroin and cocaine legal would 'drastically' cut crime and addicts' health problems" in interviews with both newspapers and the BBC.
Dr Gill is a Reader (Pharmacology/Physiology) based within the School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University. Jan is co-investigator with Professor Jonathan Chick on the Alcohol Research UK/Chief Scientist Office funded project investigating consumption choices, price paid etc among dependent drinkers.
Professor Jonathan Chick is a registered specialist in general adult psychiatry and in substance misuse. After graduating in Natural Science and Experimental Psychology at Cambridge University, he trained in medicine in Edinburgh including neurology before specialising in psychiatry. He conducted research in France and as a Member od the Scientific Staff of the Medical Research Council. He practised for 30 years as an NHS consultant to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and government departments in Brazil, Canada, USA, Australia as well as the UK. He works now independently.
Professor Paul Wallace is currently the Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC)Heads of Departments Group. He is a recent past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section on Telemedicine and eHealth, and a recent past member of the eHealth Commissioning Group of the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R&D Programme. He is a founder member of the WONCA European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine and a past President of the European General Practice Research Network.
Stuart is Head Of Islington Mental Health Psychology Services (Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust) and Honourary Research Fellow in the E - health unit. His clinical interests include cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, adult mental health problems and clinical risk management. He has also published on religion and psychology. He is a National Assessor for Clinical Psychology (Adult & Management Responsibilities) - Department of Health.
Keith Humphreys is a Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a VA Senior Research Career Scientist and a CHP/PCOR associate. A clinical/community psychologist by training, Humphreys' research focuses on the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, and, on the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice. Since 2004, Humphreys has also volunteered as a consultant and teacher in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq, for which he recently won the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.

Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of federal policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communitites, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He recently spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University. She was the first consultant in Palliative Medicine in Wales in 1987, set up the hospice there and has developed palliative and hospice services across Wales. She has worked with Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987 and is now a National Vice President. Professor Finlay has been President at the Royal Society of Medicine and is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy.

She currently chairs the Implementation Board for the Palliative Care Strategy in Wales and has been instrumental in changing palliative care services across Wales to ensure 7 day working by specialist teams with consultant advice available 24/7.

In 1989 she established the Diploma in Palliative Medicine which has now led to MSc distance learning courses in palliative care at Cardiff University. These courses are internationally renowned.

Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, she has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to Health and Tobacco and took the Sunbed Bill through the last Parliament, ensuring sunbeds are supervised and not used by those under 18. As a Member of the Select Committees on Science and Technology she chaired the enquiry into Allergy. She also served on Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill.

She was Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and has held Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008 she won the coveted 'Woman Peer of the Year' award and in 2007 was named Parliamentary Charity Champion.

She has published and lectured widely on palliative care, and researched into aspects of cancer palliative care. She remains an active clinician, teacher and academic as well as her involvement in Parliament. She is co-Chairman of Living and Dying Well, a think-tank to examine the evidence around euthanasia and assisted suicide.

She recently chaired the Royal College of General Practitioners Commission on Medical Generalism.
David Foxcroft is a Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University. His current programme of research on the prevention of risk behaviours in young people stems initially from a Cochrane systematic review which identified the Strengthening Families 10-14 Programme (SFP10-14) as warranting further investigation. This led to further international collaborations: a European Commission Public Health Programme project led by Oxford Brookes with collaborating centres in Italy, Greece and France. The collaboration produced nine systematic reviews that are now published on the Cochrane database, providing evidence for drug and alcohol policy across Europe; and a project to evaluate the SFP10-14 in the UK, Spain, Poland and Greece. Several grants to Oxford Brookes colleagues from the Big Lottery, DfES and the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners, totalling over £3 million, have been awarded to train community workers to deliver the SFP10-14, and a large-scale RCT of the SFP10-14 has been funded (£2.1 million) by the Medical Research Council with support from the Welsh Assembly and led from the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement,DECIPHer. Work is also beginning on the adaptation and testing of the U.S. developed Good Behaviour Game for use in U.K. schools, funded initially by the Economic and Social Research Council , the Technology Strategy Board , and Oxfordshire County Council as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP ) project.

David also collaborates with Departmental colleagues: with Dr Lesley Smith on a systematic review of the genetic epidemiology of alcohol misuse as part of the United States Centre for Disease Control Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet); and with Dr Smith on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) grant to conduct a systematic review of UK trends in alcohol consumption and an AERC funded project to examine the diagnostic accuracy of alcohol misuse screening tests.
Professor Robin Davidson has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for more years than he cares to remember. He worked in the Leeds Addiction Service before moving to Northern Ireland as Head of Clinical Psychology for the Northern Health Board. He has published widely in the field of alcohol dependence, motivation and health psychology and has editorial responsibilities for a number of addiction journals.

He left the NHS in early 2008 but continues as Hon. Lecturer in the University of Ulster and the Faculty of Medicine at Queens. He is joint Chairman of GAIN ( the Northern Ireland equivalent of NICE ) and has recently been appointed as Chairman of theAlcohol Education and Research Council.