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 Emirateswith the theme of "Addiction Medicine: New Frontier". 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 foreffective evidence-based addiction treatment is evergrowing.
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 distinguishedEmirate colleagues as well as those from aroundthe world in this unique opportunity for strengtheningour knowledgeand collaboration.
The outstanding program will offer a unique opportunity to advance our State-of-the-Art knowledge of our field in understanding and treating addictive disorders.Clinicians, Research Scientists and Academic Scholarsalike will participate and interact in the 19th annual med-sci conference.The annual meeting promotes networking to facilitateconnectionsamong 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 2017ISAM med-sciconference 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 pleasedand honored as President in welcoming you all to Abu Dhabi our remarkable hostcity for the 19th ISAM annual meeting.I encourage you to take advantage of this exceptionally rich and rewarding scientific conferenceandalso domaketime to enjoy the uniquely historical, aesthetic and hospitable environment ofthe Emirates.