International Steering Group
Professor Mark Bellis is Director of Policy, Research and Development for Public Health Wales and Chair of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention at Liverpool John Moores University. Mark leads a range of national and international projects addressing alcohol and drug use, violence, sexual behaviour and public health intelligence. He is UK Focal Point on Violence and Injury Prevention to the World Health Organization and a founding member of the WHO Global Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) Mark has acted as an expert advisor on alcohol and drug use to the Department of Health, WHO, the United Nations and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
Andrew has worked in the field of alcohol, drugs and public health for over 25 years. His current work includes the delivery of young peoples’ interventions, tobacco control programmes, behaviour change training and research. Andrew also holds a position at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University where he is helping to organise the Club Health Lisbon 2015 conference. Andrew has been involved in nightlife related issues for many years. He has participated in local nightlife strategic planning; developed campaigns utilising social marketing approaches; provided training and conducted research. He is old enough to remember Northern Soul and can’t quite believe that house music collided with ecstasy half a lifetime ago.
Alex has worked for 10 Years as a social worker for the youth counseling organisation Streetwork, as coordinator of the Recreational Drug Prevention program. During this work he has been involved in the following projects: On-site drug-checking, the build-up of a recreational drug-prevention-centre DIZ, the establishment of a drug-prevention-network in Switzerland and Europe and the foundation of the association ‘Safer Clubbing’.
He is co-funder of the European Society for Prevention Research and holds a doctoral degree in medicine (medical anthropology) on the influence of culture on the classification and perception of body and diseases in the Candomblé cults of Bahia, Brazil as well as a MPH degree from the University of Düsseldorf.
Amador Calafat is a Psychiatrist working in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He has been actively involved in research and implementation of programmes in risk behaviour and drug prevention since 1980, He is the coordinator of the European research group IREFREA which conducts cross-national investigation of youth risk behaviour and substance use in nightlife settings. He is also the editor of the journal Adicciones.
Paul Dillon has been working in alcohol and other drug field for over 20 years and has worked in the club health area for much of that time. He has been involved in a wide range of research projects investigating the use of ecstasy, ketamine and GHB and was an investigator on a WHO study examining cocaine use in Australia. Though his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many organisations to give regular updates on current drug trends. He has also just completed a book "Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs" which was released in Australia in February 2009.
Karen is a Professor of Behavioural Epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, where she leads a team of research examining issues around alcohol, violence prevention and nightlife health. She conducts original research in nightlife environments, undertakes evaluation studies and reviews evidence on what works to create safer nightlife environments and prevent violence. She heads up the Centre’s research programme as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention and is a member of the global Violence Prevention Alliance.
Stefanie Jones is event manager at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the United States’ leading organization promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. In her seven years with the organization, she has produced three progressively larger editions of the biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference, as well as numerous local policy conferences, fundraisers and coalition-building meetings. Motivated by her roles as drug policy reformer, event planner, and avid nightlife participant, Stefanie seeks to introduce harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to party-goers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators across the U.S.
Matej Kosir graduated in political science at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is a director of the Institute "Utrip" which deals with research and development of programmes especially in the field of preventing youth risk behaviour. He has worked in the field of addiction prevention, illicit drug and alcohol policy for last 16 years. He used to work at the Government Office for Drugs (2000-2004) and the Ministry of Health (2004-2009). He is a core member of different European research and project networks such as IREFREA, Club Health, ALICE RAP, Prevnet and ProSkills. He collaborates in many European research and educational projects, co-financed by the European Commission. He was a project leader of the European project, Club Health - Healthy and Safer Nightlife of Youth (2009-2012), co-financed by the European Commission. He leads a national network of NGOs in the field of prevention.
Chris is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. Chris’s special interests include improving the organisation of emergency healthcare and medical education; public health policy; and the healthcare implications of modern urban life - from violence to homelessness, substance and alcohol misuse.
‘Nightclub Medicine’ is a particular interest since he collaborated with Cream, the Liverpool superclub, to successfully enhance the safety of that venue for clubbers. Chris was a founder member of “Club Cork”, a multi-agency course in customer care and safety undertaken in licensed premises throughout Ireland’s second city.
Fernando Mendes is a Clinical Psychologist working in Coimbra, Portugal. He has been actively involved in research and implementation of programmes in drug prevention and risk behavior since 1987, He is the coordinator of Irefrea Portugal, which conducts cross-national investigation in youth risk behavior and substance use in nightlife settings. He does the coordination and supervision of outreach teams in Azores and Coimbra. Fernando is organising Club Health Lisbon 2015.
Zila M Sanchez, is a professor at the Preventive Medicine Department of Federal University of São Paulo. She is leading mixed methods studies on São Paulo nightlife (Brazil) with tablet interviews, environmental and biological measures. Her research group studies binge drinking in nightclubs and interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among patrons in bars and adolescents at schools, funded by the most important research agencies of Brazil and also UNODC in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Her teaching assignments includes Epidemiology and Epidemiological Analysis, with emphasis on alcohol and drug abuse.
Ninette van Hasselt is head of the Youth department at the Trimbos Institute - Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction. Her key role is to coordinate the development and dissemination of research based interventions to regional professionals involved in substance abuse prevention. Ninette has been involved in public health for over 15 years, with a particular focus on campaigns and on clubbing and health.
Adam is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. He has spent over a decade researching new trends, focusing on their patterns of use, effect profiles and predictors of harm. He has also monitored the impact of legislation on their use. He has written over 100 papers, monographs and book chapters. He is interested in helping to craft optimal public health responses to drugs and had written papers considering alternatives to criminalization as a means of legislative control. Adam is also founder and director of Global Drug Survey and architect of the drugs meter.
Altamir has been the Professor in Universidade Comunitária da Região de Chapecó, UNOCHAPECÓ, Brazil since 1999. He gained a PhD in Community Health in 2014 from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, UNIFESP, Brazil. Altamir delivers graduate and undergraduate courses on a range of topics including mental health, community health, primary health care, health promotion politics and drugs prevention and treatment. He is Coordinator REDEQ - Network of Care for Chemical Dependency Program Reorienting Health Training - Pro-Health (Ministry of Health and Education, Brazil); a tutor in PRO-PET SAÚDE, Sub-Project Network of Care for Mental Health; and a tutor in training Integrated Multidisciplinary in Continuing Education in Health, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS. He is also a member of PEER network and, as a part of this participatory action research, he has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Catarina is currently a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Candidate, Scool of Psychology, University of Minho. She graduated is a Master of Bioethics (MBE), School of Medicine, University of Porto; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc). Currently works as a trainer of Ethics and Professional Deontology, Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses; and as a Lecturer of Psychology and Social Education, Portucalense University, Porto. Catarina also worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Primary Health Care Center, São João Health Center, Porto
Catarina is a nurse specializing in mental health and psychiatry. For a number of years, Catarina has worked as a nurse in the field of alcohol and other drug treatment. She also participated and worked in some activities in prevention and risk reduction and harm minimization, such as intervention in student parties. At present Catarina works as an assistant in School of Health Sciences of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and has studied health literacy in adolescence in her PhD.
Edmundo is a Lecturer at the Higher Institute of Health Sciences of the University of Agostinho Neto, Public Health Department. His work involves information, education and communication in healthcare; knowledge and practice of youth in the excessive consumption of alcohol and other drugs; and peer education in recreational settings. He is a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Fernanda is the Vice President, Red Cross Nursing School in Oliveira of Azemeis (ESEnfCVPOA), Portugal. She is Director of the Department of Quality and Red Cross Institutional Coordinator for international educational cooperation. Fernanda is Coordinator of Research in Health Education and Development in ESEnfCVPOA and a member of the Education Municipal Council of the City of Oliveira of Azemeis. She is also a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Helder is the Training Head and Pedagogical Coordinator of the Street Work Training Institute. He works as a practitioner and trainer in both selective and indicate prevention programmes, specialising in nightlife projects. Helder is also a trainer in street work methodology and social and health themes linked to the vulnerable groups. He is the Director of a Portuguese NGO – Conversas de Rua – Associação, which runs prevention programmes in nightlife settings and Coordinator of the Group Violence Against Children of the Portuguese Child Rights Forum.
Irma is a Professor and researcher at the Nursing School of Coimbra (www.esenfc.pt) and in Cape Verde University (http://www.unicv.edu.cv). She is a senior researcher and practitioner who possess significant experience in Participatory Health Research (PAR) approach; and quantitative studies focusing on community based and youth health. Irma has a special interest in qualitative studies, mainly ethnographic and grounded theory. Since 2010 she integrates ICPHR and belongs to the Executive Committee (www.icphr.org). Nowadays, she coordinates PEER Peer-education Engagement and Evaluation Research (UICISA-E & IREFREA Portugal) - a network of health sciences faculties that want to use participatory action research to support their work towards healthy universities by community mobilization. Irma coordinates ‘Before you get Burnt’ (Antes que te Queimes) - a multilevel community intervention to prevent drug abuse and promote harm reduction in recreational contexts.
João is a psychiatrist and Coordinator of Family Violence Unit and the Center for Prevention and Treatment of Trauma Psychogenic, an Integrated Center of Psychiatry and Mental Health Hospital Center and University of Coimbra. He is a Supervisor of the Portuguese Society of Family Therapy and Director of Morenian Psychodrama. João is the co-founder of Group Violence: Information, Research, Intervention (www.violencia.online.pt) and member co-founder of the School Group Against Violence. He integrates the promoter group of the Agency for the Prevention of Trauma and Human Rights Violations (in implementation) and directs the President of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Mental Health. João is also a member of National Council for Mental Health and a member of the Regional Council Centre of the Medical Association.
Jorge graduated in Biology and Geology, Universidade de Évora, Portugal; is a Master in Geosciences, Geological Processes, Universidade de Coimbra; and has a PhD in Educational Sciences, teacher training. He is also a Specialist in Risk Prevention and Health Promotion, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain. Jorge is the Assistant Professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Education, Universidade de Évora and Member of the Center for Integrated Teaching and Technology Research in the Training of Trainers at the Universidade de Aveiro. He teaches health education on nursing, science education and basic education graduate courses. Jorge has led two research projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Science concerning the quality of teaching and participated in health education projects including smoking and obesity.
Fernandes is a teacher at University of Cape Verde (UniCV) and Intercontinental University of Cape Verde. He is the Coordinator of the Information Department for Anti-vectorial Fight in Health Department, Praia, Cape Verde. Fernandes is the Head Nurse of the Health Center Achadinha and Assistant Professor in Semiology, Pathology, Obstetrics and Maternal Health. He is a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Maria is the Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, Universidade Catolica do Porto (FEP-UCP), Portugal. Her research interests relate to the phenomenon of psychoactive substance use including the most problematic aspects of such use; and the conditions that influence substance use among young people in recreational settings and related risk, protection and control. Since 2010 she has been the Vice-President of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service (ICEERS.org) and coordinates the Kosmicare project - a psychological crisis intervention project that results from a partnership between the Boom Festival, FEP-UCP and the Portuguese National Drugs Agency SICAD.
Olívia is the Director of the School of Nursing, S. José de Cluny, Funchal, Madeira. She is a member of the Coordinating Group of the Commission Allocation Credits in the Order of Nurses and the Forum for Nursing Education. Maria specializes in the field of Scientific Nursing, She has a Master in Science in Nursing, Nursing Pediatrics and Child Health. Maria’s areas of research include promoting child and family health. She is a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Maria da Conceição is the President of Higher Institute of Health Sciences of Universidade Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola. She is a PhD Student in Nursing at the University of Lisbon; and a Master in Health Sciences in the specialty of Neo –Natal, Obstetrics and Nursing Sciences, University of South Africa, UNISA. She also is a Master in Personal and Social Development Intervention, Valencia University and University Jean Piaget. Maria is a Lecturer of Nursing for Women's Health; Sexually Transmitted Diseases. She is a Pedagogical Coordinator of the Specialization Course in Management of Health Services, Project of Regional Centre for Nursing Teachers and Trainers, funded by European Comission. She is a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Maria is the President of the Nursing School in Vila Real, UTAD, Portugal. She has a Degree in Nursing and specialization in Community Nursing; Master in Educational Sciences (Education and Development for Health); and a PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences, Educational Sciences by Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Maria is a member of the Research Centre for Sport, Health and Human Development in UTAD and the Coordinator of a Master’s Course in Community Nursing at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro. She is also a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Miguel has a Doctorate, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Coimbra in clinical psychology; a Master of Bioethics, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto; and a graduation in clinical psychology, Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde – Norte. Since 2002, he has been a member of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Association of Bioethics. Miguel is also the Chairman of the Judicial Committee of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists; a member of the Board of Ethics of the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations; and an Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Medical Ethics, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto. Miguel is also a PhD Lecturer in Bioethics and Masters in Bioethics and Palliative Care, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto and conductor of the discipline of ‘psychopathology’ in Psychology Graduation, Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique.
Paulo is a social worker in Coimbra. He is a founding member and President of the Associação Existências and has had several partnerships with IREFREA Portugal. Experience as coordinator of Outreach Teams in harm reduction interventions among IV drug users; sex workers (inside and outside); men who have sex with men; and in recreational settings. Paulo is a trainer in harm reduction interventions in collaboration with ESEnfC, Coimbra. Paulo is a member of PEER network and, as a part of this participatory action research, he has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Rocha is a psychiatrist in Coimbra, Portugal. For several years he has worked in the treatment and was Director of the Center for Assistance to Drug Abusers of Aveiro. He currently holds positions in ARS Center Health Administration (Ministry of Health) as a Coordinator of the Division for Intervention in Addictive Behavior and Dependencies.
Rosa is adjunct Professor at Nursing School of Angra do Heroísmo, Universidade dos Açores, Portugal. Lecturer in Nursing Graduation: community nursing, communication, training and human development and supervise students in clinical pratice in the domain of pediatrics and community health. Master in School Health by Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa. Lecturer in Community Nursing Curriculum Units, communication, training and human development and guides students in clinical teaching in the area of pediatrics and community health. She is a member of PEER network and in this participatory action research has collaborated in the development of intervention programs.
Rosário is a clinical psychologist graduated by ISPA. Since 2007, she has collaborated with IREFREA as a researcher and trainer, participating in European research projects in addiction prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and evaluation of projects. Maria has also collaborated in the European project Club Health - Healthy and Safer Nightlife of Youth (2010-2012) and was co-author of the Manual Staff Training for Safer Nightlife. She is a member of PEER network, and as a part of this participatory action research, has collaborated in the development of intervention programmes.
Sérgio is the Director of Magazine ‘Dependências’ and journalist enrolled in ERC (professional card No. TE-531). He is a founding member and President of the Board NewsCoop - Cooperative Information and Communication CRL and Director of the magazine of local government "Forum & Citizenship." Sérgio is also the Director of the Journal of Social Economy ‘Newscoop’; magazine editor of Toxicodependencies in the newspaper ‘O Comércio do Porto’; and magazine editor of Drug Addiction in the newspaper ‘O Primeiro de Janeiro’.