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Convener and co-hosts

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Alex Baldacchino
University of St Andrews, Scotland

Alex Baldacchino is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions at the University of St Andrews and Consultant Psychiatrists with NHS Fife. He has been principal investigator to biological, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, clinical and policy related research portfolios throughout the 15 years he has been working in Scotland. Relevant to this conference he has been involved in several European Union funded projects with a focus on understanding and improving the access and care of vulnerable populations with comorbid mental health and substance misuse.. These include looking at barriers and challenges faced by individuals with substance misuse related problems accessing treatment (IATPAD Study), a cross-cultural multicentre study to determine the nature, extent and management of drug related mental health problems in Europe (Drugs and Psychosis and ISADORA Studies), internet and drug addiction (Psychonaut 2002) and Overdose Risk InfOrmatioN Project (ORION) amongst others. In 2015 he was responsible for bringing the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) world congress to Dundee.  Professor Baldacchino is also NHS Fife Director for Research and Development and Associate Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI).

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European Network for Training, Education and Research mental health, France

   Tim Greacen, is Director of the Maison Blanche Research Laboratory in Paris. Author and editor of seven books and numerous publications targeting both scientific and professional audiences as well as the general public, Dr Greacen is a recognised figure in France in the field of service user empowerment, mental health promotion and doctor-patient relationships. At a European level, he has managed the Paris contribution to international projects on mental health promotion, access to care for immigrants, dual diagnosis patient pathways through care and mental health service user empowerment, and, at a national level, the Housing First Program Un Chez Soi d’Abord as well as multiple projects on developing mental health skills in vulnerable populations. In 2014, he was elected chairperson of the Greater Paris Area Regional Health Authority Working Group on Mental Health.

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Social Dimensions of Health Institute, Scotland

Thilo Kroll is Co-Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) of the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. From September 2012, he is Honorary Reader in the University of St Andrews School of Management.
Professor Kroll has been conducting research into the social dimensions of health and wellbeing with a particular emphasis on public health perspectives on disability and rehabilitation topics. The work has been carried out in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and Scandinavia. As the Co-Director of the SDHI he is interested in promoting cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional working in a variety of areas including health care management, health geography, primary care, arts and design, health and social psychology, sociology, social work, nursing and many other disciplines. This has led to a variety of interdisciplinary research studies combining quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular emphasis on inclusive research designs for otherwise marginalised groups.


Plenary Speakers

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Ilana Crome
Keele University, England

Ageing, substance use and mental illness – critical issues for the future

I am Emeritus Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, Keele University; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Trust; Visiting Professor, St George’s University of London, and Honorary Professor, Queen Mary University London. I have academic links with Dundee, Middlesex and Cardiff Universities.

I have played an active role in service development, research, training as well as policy in the addiction field.  Apart from experience in providing comprehensive addiction services for all substances, I have been involved in the development of innovative services for particularly vulnerable groups e.g. young people and older age groups.

In 2011, I was Chair and Lead author of ‘Our invisible addicts’, a Royal College of Psychiatrists’ report on older substance misusers and member of the multidisciplinary group which produced an Information Guide on the Management of Substance Problems in Older People in response to the growing interest and unexpected publicity that the College report generated.   I am lead editor of a book on Substance use and older people published in 2015.

On an international level, I am past president of the Alcohol and Drugs Section of the European Psychiatric Association, was international editor of American Journal of Addictions, and am on the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of Psychiatry, Addiction and Journal of Psychopharmacology.

My national appointments include past Chair of the Faculty of Substance Misuse (1998-2002), current co-opted member of the Addictions Faculty, and founding member of the Academic Faculty (2005-2012) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.   I was member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) from 2002-2010, and was Chair of the Treatment Working Group.   From 1994-2011 I sat on the Executive of the Society for the Study of Addiction.

My expertise in the field of comorbidity has informed the Department of Health and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs across the treatment, research and policy domains, and this was acknowledged by the appointment to the NICE Guideline Development Group on Mental Illness and Substance Misuse. I am on the Department of Health Expert Reference Group on Dual Diagnosis.  I am presently Chair of Trustees of DrugScience (the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs) and Vice-Chair of the Professors of Psychiatry Club.

Mental and physical comorbidity, smoking cessation trials, decision making in substance misusers, suicide and substance misuse, pregnant drug users, addiction along the life course, and the enhancement of training and education  in substance misuse in health professionals at all levels, are some on my continuing research interests.   I have published widely in these areas.


Wendy Moncur
University of Dundee, Scotland

Emergent Digital Memorialisation Practices

I am a Reader and EPSRC Post-Doctoral Cross-Disciplinary Research Fellow in the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee in Scotland. My research interests lie in the design of technology for demanding contexts in social and health settings.

My research interests lie in the design of technology to support us in life’s journey, from the cradle to the grave and beyond. These interests come under various headings, including Sociotechnical Systems, Social Networks, HCI and User-centred design, Health informatics, Adaptive systems, Personalisation and Affective computing.

My current research projects include Charting the Digital Lifespan and Digital Inheritance. You can find out more about my current and past research projects here.


Bojan Šošić
Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

New Global Trends, Migration and Mental Health

Bojan Sosic, a refugee himself, lived in four countries and moved more than 20 times over two decades. As a researcher, he has acted as principal investigator in studies conducted across Bosnia and Herzegovina and South-East Europe, with samples totaling several thousands of individuals, using biological, psychological or socio-economic indicators. He contributed to setting up a number of studies or psycho-social aid programmes in the field of mental health, quality of life and well-being, education and determinants of socioeconomic status, including programmes conceived after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

 Presentations from the Plenary and Session speakers



Bojan Šošić – New Global Trends Migration and Mental Health

Ilana Crome – Ageing, Substance Use and Mental Illness – Critical Issues for the Future

Wendy Moncur –  Emergent Digital Memorialisation Practices

Virtual World

Silvia Rosado – Handling Phobias With Virtual Reality

Anne-Marie MannAddiction Recovery Companion: A mobile app to support those in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol

Juan Ye  – Are Mobile Phones Driving Us Apart?


Derek Dempsey and Andrea KoenigstorferCounseling for older adults experiencing homelessness

Trish Hafford-LetchfieldIts Never Too Late To Learn: Increasing the Engagement of Older People Through the Paradigm of Learning

Kirsty MillerAddressing Mental Wellbeing In An Ageing Population From A ‘Social Cure’ Perspective

Katarzyna Prot-Klinger – Psychotherapy as a Process of Empowering the Elderly – as Exemplified By Work With The Holocaust Survivors


S McGillivray –  Epidemiology of Illicit Drug and Alcohol Use In Migrants