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    Applications now open for IBRO-AMECA Workshop: Impact of Trauma and Life Adversity on Addiction and Mental Health Comorbidity


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    Organizer: Dr. Sana El Mhamdi (University of Monastir/AMECA).

    Aims and Scope of the School:

    This workshop will build on a successful and well-received collaboration with the AMECA conference. AMECA will provide our workshop attendees a unique regional opportunity to learn about advances in substance use and mental health research in relation to wars and violence and to examine gender differences in the impact of war and trauma. Attendees will benefit from the extensive network of AMECA in the region. The conference will include regional and international speakers. The AMECA mission fits well with IBRO’s goals, which include fostering neuroscience research in Africa and addressing priorities related to brain health. Both IBRO and AMECA facilitate communication and network opportunities for junior scientists in Africa with mentors and peers from around the globe.


    This workshop will aid in building human resource capacity in researching and addressing the impact of trauma and early life adversity on addiction and mental health comorbidity in the region. The need for such a workshop is timely and compelling in light of the following realities: The need for such a workshop is timely and compelling in light of the following realities: 1) Several countries in Africa have been exposed to significant war-related adversity. 2) Exposure to war-related trauma and violence leads to devastating effects on the brain causing significant mental health and behavioral problems, leading to an inability to function normally or take care of families or attend school. 3) Disorders like PTSD, depression, and addiction are highly prevalent in this population with gender considerations. 4) The significant cost of these adverse experiences can extend to future generations perpetuating the cycle of poverty and disease in this continent. Affected countries in Africa have a clear limited capacity to address these mental and addiction-related disorders.

    Who should apply to this School?

    • Postdoctoral fellows and resident doctors interested in research on addiction, trauma, and mental health; junior faculty in these fields; graduate students in neurosciences, psychology, psychiatry, and addiction medicine with evidence of research in these topics. • Candidates should be from the African or Middle East regions and be residing in these regions • Individuals must demonstrate an interest in addiction as evidenced by previous publications and/or presentations at conferences. • Candidates should submit an abstract to be considered for presentation during the AMECA conference.

    What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

    Transportation and housing.

    Application deadline: February 11, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CET)

    Apply here

    For all enquiries, please contact Dr. Sana El Mhamdi at