The Intersection of Gender, Trauma and Addiction: Lifespan Perspectives

Prof Mustafa al’Absi
Mustafa al’Absi, Ph.D., LP, FABMR, is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, the holder of the Max & Mary La Due Pickworth Endowed Chair at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also serves as an adjunct professor in Psychiatry and in Epidemiology, and as a graduate faculty member in the Departments of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Integrated Biological Sciences. Dr. al’Absi directs the Behavioral Medicine Laboratories at two sites of the University of Minnesota Medical School (Duluth and Minneapolis); and he is the current Director of the Duluth Global Health Research Institute (DGHRI) of the University of Minnesota.
Dr Sean Chetty
Sean Chetty is a Specialist Anaesthesiologist and Deputy Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care at the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Chetty sub-specialised in critical care and has a strong interest in pain management. Dr Chetty is currently the honorary Treasurer of the SA Society of Anaesthesiologists and is also the President Elect of the Pain SA society.
Prof Willie Daniels
Prof Willie Daniels is the Head of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand. His current interest is in studying molecular mechanisms that may underlie addictive behaviour and in particular that induced by nyaope consumption. At present he is investigating how the opioid system in the brain can be manipulated to influence drug-seeking behaviour.
Prof Lee Hogarth
Lee Hogarth is Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. His research in the field of experimental psychology focuses on the abnormal learning mechanisms that underpin individual vulnerability to drug dependence. His most recent work has focused on understanding why psychiatric illness confers increased risk of drug dependence, and the role played by early traumatic experience.
Prof Alexander McFarlane
Professor McFarlane is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Director at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, The University of Adelaide. He is an international expert in the field relating to the impact of trauma on veterans, disaster survivors and civilians involved in accidents. He is a Past President of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has acted as an advisor to many groups in post disaster situations, including the Kuwait Government, and the United Nations and has lectured and run workshops in Europe, the United States of America and Asia.
Prof Bronwyn Myers
Prof. Bronwyn Myers is a Chief Specialist Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council and honorary professor at UCT’s Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. Over the last 15 years her work has focused on improving access to and the quality of services for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders for vulnerable populations, with a special interest in effectiveness research and implementation science.
Prof Noeline Nakasujja
Professor Noeline Nakasujja is the Head of the Psychiatry Department at Makerere University and holds a double PhD degree from Makerere University and the Karolinska Institutet. Her research has examined neurologic and neuropsychiatric comorbidity in people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the mental health of caregivers.
Prof Charles Parry
Charles Parry is the director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council and an extraordinary professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. His current research centres on alcohol and drug epidemiology, burden of disease and policy; alcohol use and HIV/TB treatment; and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Prof Willie Pienaar
Willie Pienaar MBChB, MMed(Psychiatry), MD(Psychiatry) MPhil(Applied Ethics), FC(Psychiatry) is currently a part time lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. He has a special interest in bioethics in medical and psychiatric care. Prof Pienaar has been involved in bioethics teaching at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for the past fifteen years and is also a part-time lecturer in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law.
Mr Shaun Shelly
Shaun Shelly is dedicated to the understanding of drugs, their use, the rights of people who use drugs and the development of effective drug policy. He holds posts at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria; TBHIV Care Association (where he heads up the SA Drug Policy Week); The United Nations VNGOC on Narcotic Drugs; the International Drug Policy Consortium, and sits on a number of national and international boards. Shaun is widely published and has co-authored guidelines for the UNODC, book chapters, policy briefs and has spoken at a number of international conferences.