Club Health Lisbon 2015

Conference speakers

Monica Barratt

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Australia

Monica's research concerns the social and public health implications of digital technologies for people who use illicit and new psychoactive drugs, and the impacts of legislative responses to drug use and drug problems. She specialises in engaging hard-to-reach networks and groups in digital spaces in conversations about research and policy. Monica recently joined the Drug Policy Modelling Program at Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, after being awarded a post-doctoral fellowship.

Mark Bellis

Public Health Wales, UK

Professor Mark Bellis is the Director of Policy, Research and International Development for Public Health Wales, and Chairs the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Mark has undertaken substantive work in the field of violence prevention, alcohol, drugs and sexual health in both the UK and internationally. Drawing on findings from a novel UK survey and the Global Drugs Survey, Mark’s presentation will consider how measures of drinking patterns must capture special occasion drinking, how individual harms from alcohol relate to their own consumption and its interaction with those around them and, why policy makers and night life businesses should tackle drunkenness in order to create nightlife settings in which people feel safe.

Minda Burgos-Lukes

National Union of Students (NUS), UK

Minda is the Campaigns and Advocacy Manager of the Liberation Department at the National Union of Students (NUS). NUS is a voluntary membership organisation, championing students to shape the future of education – and create a better world. The Liberation Campaigns at NUS focus on breaking down barriers to participation and combatting structural oppression that exists within education and wider society. NUS has four Liberation Campaigns: Women, Black, LGBT and Disabled students. Minda’s current role involves developing effective campaigns for change, building activist networks of those who identify into liberation groups and allies and embedding self-led and grassroots campaigning for all four Liberation groups. Minda has worked at NUS for over 12 years in various roles, initially supporting the Women’s campaign and now working across all four Liberation Campaigns.

Amador Calafat


Dr Amador Calafat is the coordinator of the European Institute of Prevention Research (Irefrea) network. He is a Psychiatrist working in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He has been actively involved in research in risk behaviour and implementation of programmes (family, school and recreational drug use) since 1980. Amador will be providing an introduction to nightlife related problems in Mediterranean tourist resorts.

Félix Carvalho

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto (FFUP), Portugal

Félix is a Professor of Toxicology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto. He is Secretary-General of EUROTOX (Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology) and member of the editorial board of several international journals. His main area of research is the toxicology, with a special interest in the evaluation of the mechanisms of toxicity of illicit drugs. During the past 20 years, Félix has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters.

Robert H. DuVall

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, USA

Robert has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for over 30 years. He has experience in patrol, vice, auto theft, intelligence, financial crimes, internal affairs, robbery, sexual assault and tourism crimes. In 1999, Robert led a squad working on a series of armored car robberies on the Las Vegas Strip. These violent crimes happened at some of Las Vegas’s most famous resorts. The team ultimately solved the crimes in a case that brought the department national attention, which is chronicled in the book, Storming Las Vegas. Robert has authored a comprehensive strategic plan for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to increase tourist safety through a plan known as Tourist-Based Policing. The review has led to Robert being asked to reorganise the entire police department to include a tourist safety bureau and/or division. The reorganisation report was finished in May of 2014.

João Castel-Branco Goulão

European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

João Goulão is the General-Director of the General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies and the Portuguese National Drugs Coordinator. Since January 2010 he has been the Chairman of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). João is the head of the national focal point in the EMCDDA’s REITOX network and a member of the EMCDDA Board since 2005. He has previously served on the European agency’s Scientific Committee (1997–2002), and has significant international experience within Europe and at the United Nations level. A medical doctor by profession, has over 20 years experience of drug-related issues including working in this field as general practitioner since 1987. He was a member of the Portuguese Committee that prepared the report in 1998, which informed first Portuguese Drug Strategy. This important strategy included a decriminalisation component.

Fiona Measham

Durham University, UK

Fiona has conducted research for over two decades across a broad area of criminology and social policy, exploring changing trends in legal and illegal drugs; the night time economy and the socio-cultural context to consumption; gender; the regulation and policing of intoxication; electronic dance music scenes and club drug cultures; issues of deterrence, displacement and desistance; and broader policy implications. A key feature of her research has been the development of in-situ methods of data collection in leisure locations, a working environment with which she is familiar, having spent her early adulthood working in bars and clubs across several continents.

In the aftermath of the four recent 'Superman' PMMA deaths in the UK, Fiona will be reconsidering the potential value of different models of drug testing including 'back of house' police seizure and laboratory testing, 'front of house' drug checking for individual users, and the 'halfway house' testing that she has piloted at nightclubs and festivals in the UK. She will discuss user perspectives on high profile drug-related deaths and on testing itself, as well as the challenges to such multi-agency partnerships.

John Ramsey

St. George’s University of London and TICTAC, UK

John is an analytical toxicologist and Director of TICTAC Communications Ltd., at St. George’s University of London. TICTAC is a commercial database used by UK Healthcare and Law & Order professionals to identify drugs. TICTAC analyses the contents of club amnesty bins, attends outdoor music festivals and test purchases drugs from websites and head shops in order to monitor the appearance on new compounds used as drugs. John is a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) working group on new psychoactive substance and is a member of the Home Office forensic early warning (FEWS) team. He is a Scientist in Charge of part of the EU funded SEWPROF project which researches the detection of drugs in wastewater.

Paul Rodwell

Head of Consular Prevention for Southern Europe - Foreign & Commonwealth Office

With over 15 years of experience in the hotel industry, which included a stint running a busy bar in southern Spain, Paul focused on marketing communications aimed at increasing profits and ended up running some of the finest resorts in the world.

Paul then turned his hand to diplomacy when he joined the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) first as consul in Portugal and then in Spain. In this role, he experienced first-hand the impact of alcohol and drugs on British nationals abroad.

More recently, he has used his communications skills to help prevent British nationals from getting into trouble. He is now the FCO´s head of consular prevention for Southern Europe and believes passionately in the value of prevention.

Paul will provide a unique insight into how British consulates assist British nationals abroad and how they work to prevent them getting into trouble in the first place.

Zila M Sanchez

Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

Zila M Sanchez, is a professor at the Preventive Medicine Department of Federal University of São Paulo. 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 include epidemiology and epidemiological Analysis, with emphasis on alcohol and drug abuse.

Zila’s presentation will aim to describe the reality of the nightlife scene of São Paulo, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, with an emphasis on the identification of alcohol and other risk behaviors.

Fátima Trigueiros

General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Portugal

Fátima is the Advisor to the Portuguese National Coordinator on Drugs, Drug Addiction and the Harmful Use of Alcohol. One of her tasks is to ensure effective coordination between all public and private entities, which have responsibility in the implementation of national policy on addicted behaviours and dependencies. She has worked within the design, implementation and evaluation of the national drug strategy for more than fifteen years. Fátima is an economist with a Master's Degree on Public Policies and Administration and currently preparing a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Fátima’s presentation will examine the importance of establishing successful partnerships to manage safe nightlife environments. Knowing each other’s impact, nightlife economy and the value of public expenditures in the areas of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and supply, is very important to creating and maintaining safe nightlife environments.

Floor van Bakkum

General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Portugal

Floor van Bakkum is senior prevention worker at Jellinek an addiction care centre in Amsterdam. Over the last 15 years she has developed nightlife and internet interventions and conducted research on trends in the use of legal and illegal drugs in Amsterdam. She is also involved in development of local and national policy concerning alcohol and drugs (in the city of Amsterdam and nationwide). At present Floor is also involved in setting up and co-creating Celebrate Safe, a nationwide safer nightlife campaign in close cooperation with numerous party and festival promoters and partygoers.

In the fall of 2015 there were three drug-related fatalities, in addition to at least 14 tourists who become seriously unwell after using heroin that they believed to be cocaine in Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam implemented a wide reaching and targeted campaign to warn tourists about the situation. Floor will provide an overview about this unique and successful and effective campaign.

Adam Winstock

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, UK

Dr Adam Winstock is an Honorary Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital and Lewisham Drug and Alcohol Service. He is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Addictions for the National Addictions Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Programme Leader for the MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction at King’s College London. With a mission to help people use drugs more safely regardless of their legal status, his presentation will review new trends in drugs and markets, as well as seeking emergency medical treatment associated with the use of MDMA, highlighting the importance of peer to peer education in the GDS HighWay Code.