Anabolic Steroids: Evidence and engagement conference - Call for abstracts for parallel sessions

The use of drugs for performance and image enhancement purposes has been firmly recognised as a public health concern. Of the diverse drugs that fall in this category, anabolic steroids and associated drugs appear to be the most prevalent and have the highest profile amongst the general population. Although in existence for several decades, the use of anabolic steroids for enhancement purposes is a complex and dynamic phenomenon. Consequently, efficient public health responses need to be informed by state-of-the-art evidence regarding prevalence, characteristics and risks, an understanding of changing user populations, and an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of different engagement strategies. With leading international and UK speakers, this conference will investigate what we already know about this drug use, the ways it has been dealt with, and the key challenges we are currently facing.

The conference is being organised by the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and will take place in Liverpool on Wednesday 22nd June 2016, from 9.30am to 4pm.

For our parallel sessions we welcome contributions related to the general theme of the conference or any associated topic. We would be particularly interested in contributions looking at the lessons that we could learn from other kinds of substance use as well as contributions looking at different national approaches and policies on anabolic steroids use.

We strongly encourage interaction amongst participants at the event and are therefore happy to consider different types of contributions, including research papers, shorter presentations and workshop contributions.

More information about the conference and the confirmed conference content can be found in the attached flyer and details of further parallel sessions will be added in due course.

Guide for authors

The deadline to submit abstracts is 1st April 2016 and your abstract should be emailed to Applicants will be notified of the organisers’ decision by 10th April 2016.

Please, click here to access the event page.

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