ISAM Neurosciences Interest Group report on Webinar

March 7

ISAM NIG: A New International Network of Scientists Calls for Collaborations to Bring Neuroscience to Addiction Treatment and Prevention

The Neuroscience Interest Group of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM-NIG) has recently started its work with over 160 members from addiction neuroscientists in 26 countries across the world to facilitate the development, translation and implementation of neuroscience findings in the daily practice of addiction treatment and prevention. The first webinar by the ISAM-NIG was held on the 26th of February 2020 with more than 70 participants from various institutions worldwide discussing potential collaborations in the field of addiction neuroscience. Kathleen Brady, the ISAM president, and Alex Baldacchino, the president-elect of ISAM, expressed the challenges and hopes for ISAM-NIG and advocated experts in this field to join this international network for achieving a global and multi-national approach in addiction neuroscience. Andreas Heinz from the Medical University of Berlin (Charite) spoke about the dimensional approaches to substance use disorder and introduced new multi-centric consortium in Germany (ReCoDe) funded for 12 years to develop multidisciplinary and applied strategies in addiction neuroscience research. Tanya Ramey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) introduced new NIDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to promote development of biomarkers for addiction medicine. ISAM-NIG co-chairs, Hamed Ekhtiari from Laureate Institute for Brain Research, and Antonio Verdejo-Garcia from Monash University elaborated on the ISAM-NIG aims and missions, international research potentials as well as ISAM-NIG’s ‘sharing is caring’ initiative (SICI). SICI encourages addiction scientists to share their methodological resources with colleagues across the world. The meeting was finally wrapped up with a group discussion by ISAM-NIG members on the potential collaborations within the network and future horizons of this alliance.

ISAM-NIG’s second webinar would be on the 27th of May at 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET hosted by Victoria Manning and Antonio Verdejo-Garcia on “Potentials for International Collaborations on Cognitive Interventions for Addiction Medicine”.

You can find the full recorded video of the first webinar on the ISAM NIG channel.

For keeping up with ISAM-NIG news, you can follow its Twitter account.

ISAM-NIG is keenly open to eager researchers in the field willing to join the network, as well as asking questions or sharing thoughts by sending an email to


ISAM-NIG’s first webinar agenda:

15:00-15:10, Brief Overview on Webinar Agenda and Introduction of the Webinar Participants

15:10-15:20, Why Do We Need the International Network on Neuroscience for Addiction Medicine (INONAM), Kathleen Brady (ISAM President, Medical University of South Carolina)

15:20-15:35, Introducing German Addiction Research Consortium (ReCoDe), Andreas Heinz (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Heike Tost (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim), Rainer Spanagel (Heidelberg University) 

15:35-15:45, NIDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Biomarkers and Biotypes of Drug Addiction, Tanya Ramey (Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences, National Institute on Drug Abuse) 

15:45-16:00, ISAM NIG Roadmap Paper, Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash University)

16:00-16:15, Potentials for Collaborations within ISAM NIG, Hamed Ekhtiari (Laureate Institute for Brain Research) 

16:15-16:45, Group Discussion

16:45-16:55, Meeting Conclusion: Challenges and Hope for INONAM, Alexander Baldachino (ISAM President Elect, University of St Andrews) 

16:55-17:00, Meeting Wrap Up and Next Steps with INONAM

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