Workshop 1

PRECLINICAL APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING NICOTINE ADDICTION AND DEVELOPING NOVEL SMOKING CESSATION TREATMENTS

Philippe Faure1, Mohammed Shoaib2

1Neuroscience Paris Seine, CNRS – INSERM – Sorbonne University, France

2Institute of Neuroscience, The Medical School, Newcastle University, UK

This interactive preclinical workshop aims to provide an update on our current understanding of nicotine dependence. Two presentations will review the different preclinical models used to delineate neural mechanisms and behavioural factors that are known to contribute to nicotine dependence. Evidence based findings from studies will be presented that aim to identify new targets for treatment intervention. Use of these preclinical models is critical in exploring the neurobiological substrates of reinforcement and withdrawal, the genetic bases or even redefining the concept of addiction.

Maximum number of attendees: no maximum.

Workshop 2

IMPROVING QUALITY AND REPLICABILITY IN RESEARCH

Robert West1, Marcus Munafò2

1University College London, UK

2University of Bristol, UK

There is a huge amount of waste in research because research methods and reporting do not permit reliable conclusions to be drawn. This workshop will cover a set of topics aimed at improving this situation: 1) ‘open science’ including pre-registration of studies and analysis plans, 2) use of registered reports, 3) use of ontologies when describing models and study methods, and 4) use of Bayesian methods to improve efficiency of data collection, and interpretation and synthesis of study findings. Topics will be introduced by one of the facilitators (10 mins each) topic with handouts. Then participants will be invited to discuss the topic with a focus on whether and how they can see proposals becoming part of their research practice, including consideration of barriers to achieving this and resources that could make it easier.

Maximum number of participants: 45

Workshop 3

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WITH FOCUS ON FUNDING

Cancelled

Workshop 4

DEALING WITH MEDIA: OLD AND NEW

Suzi Gage1

1Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

It has never been easier to talk about your work to the public, and impact is increasingly becoming an integral string to a successful researcher’s bow. This workshop will be an introduction to the methods, traditional and modern, for outreach. What is twitter? How do I write a press-release that won’t get misreported? Will I get trolled?

Maximum number of attendees: no maximum.