Liverpool seminar – draft programme out

The third event in our seminar series focuses on psychopharmacology, identity and human enhancement. The seminar will ask questions about how psychopharmacology adds to our understanding of, and response to, difficult policy questions, as well as exploring novel methodologies for the investigation of user behaviours.  Although the day will include sessions on both NPS and enhancement drugs, we will focus on the former as a general theme, and the latter in more detail.

The learning from the day will also go towards informing Seminar 6, to be held in Spring 2016, which will examine how the social sciences can inform the development of novel harm reduction, treatment and supportive interventions for users of these drugs. We hope that attendees are also able to participate in that event.

The seminar will be filmed and podcasted, and we will also be publishing a briefing paper which will summarise learning from the day.

A full programme will be published shortly but (confirmed) speakers and broad talk topics include:

  • Prof Harry Sumnall (LJMU)- The new Psychoactive Substances Bill and contribution of (social) psychopharmacology to policy making
  • Dr Marie Claire Van Hout (Waterford) – Researching human enhancement online
  • Jim McVeigh (LJMU) – Experiential psychopharmacology of enhancement drugs
  • Michael Lawrence (CRI) – Experiential psychopharmacology of NPS
  • Dr Rebecca Askew (MMU) – Listening to drug takers: how user experiences and perspectives can help inform harm reduction, education and policy

Spotlight on PhD research

  • Rebekah Brennan (Waterford)- Clinical outcomes of melanotan use
  • Lucy Wallis (LJMU) – Diffusion of NPS
  • Kieran Hamilton (Uni West Scotland) – hegemonic discourse in online NPS communities

To be added to the reservation list for this free event please visit the Eventbrite page (you will need to register an account).  Please feel free to share details of the event with colleagues but please note that spaces are limited and we may have to refuse some requests (e.g group bookings). For other questions please email Prof Harry Sumnall. For more information about the organisers of this seminar please visit

Date: Monday June 29th 2015 13:00-17:00

Location: Redmond’s Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, L3 5UG

Please visit the seminar page to register.


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