This is the first time ISAM annual conference is being held in the Gulf region, in the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi. We invite you all to come and enjoy the Arab hospitality and the state of the art science of addiction medicine conference. ISAM 2017 promises to be a wonderful cultural and scientific exchange. "New frontiers" is the focus of the meeting where recent scientific discoveries in the field of addiction will be highlighted, as well as challenges facing the Middle East as it confronts the new reality of addiction among its youth. The scientific presentations will address global and local issues so that the exchange of knowledge will be effortless and immediate. This year the conference will also have expert panel sessions and a forum for the public to allow for learning, exchange between clinicians who are deeply versed in research methods and the public to gain the most from the conference. Topics that will be presented include recent findings in : etiology, prevention, neurobiology & genetics of addictions, behavioral addictions, pharmacological interventions, special populations and drug courts and many other relevant topics.
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
This year ISAM's 19th annual meeting will convene in the wonderful city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with the theme of "Addiction Medicine: New Frontiers". As addictive disorders and the corollary medical, psychiatric, social and economic consequences are emerging as the greatest public health problem throughout the globe, the need for effective evidence-based addiction treatment is ever-growing.
We want to thank our extraordinary hosts: the UAE National Rehabilitation Center, the Director General Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi, who is also rapidly developing their own national addiction program as a model of excellence in the science, treatment and care of addictive disorders. We are excited to join our distinguished Emirati colleagues as well as those from around the world in this unique opportunity for strengthening our knowledge and collaboration.
The outstanding program will offer a unique opportunity to advance the State-of-the-Art knowledge of our field in understanding and treating addictive disorders. Clinicians, Research Scientists and Academic Scholars alike will participate and interact in the 19th annual med-sci conference. The annual meeting promotes networking to facilitate connections among colleagues around the globe. Whether it is scientific research, clinical practice, academics and education, advocacy, regional or global policy that interests you most, all are featured in the 2017 ISAM med-sci conference in a forum conducive to the exchange of information, experience and novel ideas. Plenaries, symposia, workshops and exhibitors cover a wide range of areas and disciplines including allied medical professions, neuroscience, pharmacology, laboratory analysis, special populations, public policy, spirituality and recovery, treatment methods and programs.
I am very pleased and honoured as President in welcoming you all to Abu Dhabi our remarkable host city for the 19th ISAM Annual meeting. I encourage you to take advantage of this exceptionally rich and rewarding scientific conference and also do make time to enjoy the uniquely historical, aesthetic and hospitable environment of the Emirates.