ISBRA ESBRA World Congress on Alcohol an Alcoholism

It is our privilege and special pleasure to welcome you to the World Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism. This is a joint meeting of the International Society of Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) and the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ESBRA). Both societies have chosen Berlin for its World Congress in September 2nd-5th, 2016.
Both societies are promoting excellence either on the European or international level in biomedical research on alcohol and alcoholism. ISBRA was founded in 1982 and ESBRA in 1988 as non-profit scientific organisations and the executive boards of both societies felt that it is time to join forces.

During this World Congress key opinion leaders will share with us the recent innovations in their respective fields which impact on basic and preclinical knowledge on alcoholism and alcohol-related biomedical phenomena, as well as on diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of our patients. High scientific level sessions will be organized: plenary lectures, symposia, interactive and educational workshops and debates. Therefore our World Congress will offer a wide range of outstanding data in scientific fields from the biomedical basis of alcoholism in animal and human experimental models to alcohol-related treatment issues, all the way to alcohol-related psychosocial aspects and epidemiology and health economics. Cross-fertilization, so to speak mutual exchange, as between dissimilar findings, concepts and ideas will be the motto of this meeting as it will enhance understanding and will produce something beneficial to our research.

The organizers give a warm welcome to the World Congress – enjoy best science and friendship in Berlin – one of the top attractive places to be!

Rainer Spanagel, Chair Scientific Committees • Susumu Higuchi, President ISBRA • Tomáš Zima, President ESBRA

The conference welcomes 800 to 1000 attendees in total. We plan to have two plenary lectures each day – in total we will have 8 plenary lectures given by key opinion leaders in their respective field of research. We will introduce a track system (Preclinical CNS, Clinical CNS, Psychosocial & Epidemiology, Alcohol-induced organ damage and other comorbidities) for symposia where 4 (or more) symposia will be held in parallel – in total we will have 56 symposia including interactive and educational workshops and debates. The participating researchers shall submit and organize those symposia (see call for symposia) (four invited speakers 20′ talk and discussion, 10′ conclusions by the discussant – duration of a symposium in total 90 minutes). During lunch time, we will have plenty of time for poster sessions. Furthermore, there will be coffee/tea breaks to get together and talk science.
The meeting will be an umbrella for other societies: The International Symposium on Alcoholic Liver and Pancreatic Diseases (ALPD – organizer Hide Tsukamoto) will be integrated into the program and the last day of the World Congress – Monday September 5, 2016 – will be held together with the German Addiction Meeting (DG-Sucht – organizer Falk Kiefer).

On Sunday evening we will have our social event in the Urania – following a reception, a keynote lecture, award ceremony (poster awards, ESBRA Nordmann Award, James B. Isaacson Award, and other awards), will be followed by a concert – that will make a great night for all of us.

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

der Deutsche Suchtkongress, der vom 05.09.-07.09.2016 in der Technischen Universität (TU) Berlin stattfinden wird, hat sich in den vergangenen acht Jahren als der zentrale Ort des interdisziplinären wissenschaftlichen Austauschs und und der intensiven und inspirierenden Kommunikation innerhalb unseres Fachgebiets etabliert.
Wir freuen uns, Ihnen in diesem Jahr darüber hinaus ein besonderes, weiteres „Highlight“ anbieten zu können: Erstmals wird der Deutsche Suchtkongress 2016 räumlich und inhaltlich abgestimmt mit dem „World Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism“ (www.isbra-esbra-2016.org) organisiert, zu dem ca. 800 renommierte Alkoholforscher der ganzen Welt vom 02.-05.09.16 in der TU erwartet werden und der ab dem 05.09. direkt in den Deutschen Suchtkongress übergeht.

Dies ermöglicht Ihnen, am Überschneidungstag herausragende internationale Beiträge der Alkoholforschung parallel zum Programm des Deutschen Suchtkongresses in gemeinsamen Plenarvorträgen zu besuchen.
Selbstverständlich wird der Deutsche Suchtkongress darüber hinaus aber in bewährter Form die ganze Breite der deutschsprachigen Suchttherapie, -prävention und -forschung darstellen.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Teilnahme an diesem besonderen Ereignis!

Prof. Dr. Falk Kiefer, Kongresspräsident

PD Dr. Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Präsident der DG-Sucht

Peter Missel, Präsident der dg sps

ISBRA - ESBRA World Congress on Alcohol and Alcohol Addiction Berlin 2016

Attendants of the opening ceremony.
The picture was shot by Bernhard Schmidt right after the opening ceremony and the 1st plenary lecture, on september 2nd.

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