Webinar Series

Upcoming webinars

Webinar 5 – Alcohol consumption in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic – Friday 30th July 2021, 2-4pm BST.

ICARA is proud to partner with Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) for this fifth webinar focusing on alcohol consumption in Latin America during the pandemic.

Chair: Dr. Andrea Mohan, Secretary of ICARA


Paula Margozzini Maira, Associate Professor of Public Health, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile – “Alcohol consumption during COVID-19: a natural experiment for alcohol policy in Chile”

Dr. Karina Conde, Research Associate, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina – “Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina: opportunities for public policies”

Dr. Zila van der Meer Sanchez, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil – “Alcohol consumption in Brazil during COVID-19 Pandemic: epidemiology and opportunities for public policies”

To register, please click here: https://bit.ly/Alc_LATAM


Past webinars

Webinar 1 – Pandemic Perspectives: Addiction Science in the Era of COVID-19

Webinar 1 – Pandemic Perspectives: Addiction Science in the Era of COVID-19

Prof. Niamh Fitzgerald, President of ICARA, chaired this webinar while Prof. Tom Babor, Immediate Past President of ICARA, led the discussion. Speakers for the session were:

  • Dr. Bronwyn Myers, Chief Specialist Scientist, South African Medical Research Council
  • Dr. Maristela Monterio, Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Pan American Health Organization
  • Jacqueline MacDiarmid, MPH. Consultant on Alcohol Policy, Pan American Health Organization
  • Dr. Florence Baingana, Advisor, World Health Organization.
  • Dr. Jennifer Gonzalez, Senior Director of Population Health, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Texas

The recording for this webinar can be viewed here.


Webinar 2 – Substance use and gambling in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives from a Nordic welfare state with low COVID-19 incidence

Chaired by Michael Egerer, University of Helsinki. 


Mika Sutela, Helsinki Police Department

Atte Oksanen, Tampere University

Riitta Matilainen, Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention

Webinar 3 – COVID-19 and the tobacco political and health economy

Chair: Catherine Egbe, South Africa Medical Research Council

Co-chair: Rachel O’Donnell, Institute for Social Marketing and Health, University of Stirling, UK


Prof. Lekan Ayo-Yuusf, DVC Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciencies University, South Africa

Rachel O’Donnell, Institute for Social Marketing & Health, University of Stirling, UK

Louis Laurence, Tobacco Tactics.org, Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, UK

Prof. Corne van Walbeek, Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Webinar 4 – How COVID has changed cannabis markets, use and policy

Chair: Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP). 


David Hammond, University of Waterloo, Canada
Trends in cannabis use during COVID among youth and adults in the US and Canada.

Judith Albridge, University of Manchester, UK
Availability and Perceptions of Quality and Price of Cannabis in the UK During Covid-19

Bernd Werse, University of Frankfurt, Germany
Cannabis availability and use during the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany

This Webinar is curated by the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) and is part of a series sponsored by the Society for the Study of Addition (SSA).