ERAB organised the 38th IMAG in Amsterdam on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th October 2014.
Formerly the International Medical Advisory Group Conference this IMAG was restyled the International Meeting on Alcohol and Global Health, as this better described its content. These conferences, which have previously taken place in Australia, Canada and the USA as well as many places in Europe, have traditionally been an opportunity for ERAB and ABMRF to showcase the research projects which they have funded. This meeting, the first bearing the new title, concentrated on providing state of the art overviews on a range of topics of relevance to scientists working in the field of alcohol research and ERAB’s sponsors.
The four topics were ” Drivers of Behaviour”, “All Cause Mortality”, “Individual Versus Population Prevention” and “The Health Effects of Moderate Consumption of Beer, Wine and Spirits”.
SESSION I – Drivers of Behaviour
Chair: Professor Helene White (Rutgers University, USA)
Drivers of Drinking Behaviour. Professor Helene White, Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies, USA.
Genetic Contributors to Alcohol Use and Misuse in Young People. Professor Marianne van den Bree, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University, UK*.
The Brain as a Treatment Am? Neuropsychology and Addiction: Causes, Consequences, Treatment Possibilities. Professor Anneke Goudriaan, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands*.
Environmental Predictors: Advertising, Prices and Taxes. Professor Emeritus Jon P. Nelson, Department of Economics, Pennsylvania State University, USA.
SESSION II – ALL CAUSE MORTALITY
Chair: Professor Wolfgang Koenig, (University of Ulm, Germany)
Alcohol Consumption and All-cause Mortality: An Overview. Professor Wolfgang Koenig, University of Ulm Medical Center, Germany.
Cardiovascular Mortality and Alcohol Consumption. Professor Filippo Crea, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Catholic University of Rome, Italy*.
Who gets Alcoholic Liver Disease? Professor Chris Day, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
The Epidemiologic Evidence for the Association Between Alcohol consumption and Cancer Incidence. Professor Matty Weijenberg, Department of Epidemiology, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.
SESSION III – INDIVIDUAL V POPULATION PREVENTION
Chair: Dr. Anu Katainen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Individual versus Population Prevention – Overview. Dr. Anu Katainen, Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
One size Doesn’t Fit All – Problems with Population Approaches to Alcohol-related Harm. Mr. John C. Duffy, Edinburgh, UK.
Public Health and Restrictive Alcohol Policies. Adjunct Professor Kari Poikolainen, Hjelt Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland.
SESSION IV –HEALTH EFFECTS OF BEER, WINE and SPIRITS
Chair: Professsor Ramon Estruch (Barcelona University, Spain).
Overview Beverage Specific Effects. Professor Ramon Estruch, Department of Internal Medicine, Barcelona, University, Spain.
Dietary Patterns, Nutrient Intake and Type of Alcoholic Beverage Consumed. Dr. Diewertje Sluik, Department of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Beer, Wine, Polyphenols and Cardiovascular Disease. Professor Rosa M Lamuela-Raventós, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Barcelona, Spain*.
(*) Received funding from ERAB
ERAB 10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award presentation by Professor Giovanni Addolorato, Catholic, University of Rome, Italy, Member of the ERAB Advisory Board.
Keynote address. Professor Emeritus Gian Luigi Gessa, winner of the ERAB Lifetime Achievement Award