Symposium 'New synthetic opioids '

Voor wie
Medewerkers , Privépersonen , Studenten
30-04-2024 van 13:30 tot 18:00
Faculty Room, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campus Heymans, Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Gent
Door wie
Prof. Dr. Christophe Stove, Laboratory of Toxicology, Department of Bioanalysis, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

This mini-symposium focuses on the global emergence and pharmacological characterization of new synthetic opioids.

New synthetic opioids (NSOs) continue to contribute to intoxications and fatalities worldwide. The US is suffering from a true opioid overdose crisis, which has been exacerbated by the emergence of NSOs. Also in Europe, NSOs are increasingly identified. One important strategy to address this increasing public health risk lies in the pharmacological characterization of NSOs. The first lecture, by Dr. Meritxell Canals (UoN, UK), will set the stage by covering more general aspects of opioids and µ-opioid receptor (MOR) pharmacology. Next, Dr. Michael Evans-Brown (EMCDDA) will provide an overview of the emergence of NSOs in Europe and beyond. Marthe Vandeputte (UGent) will follow with a lecture on the use of in vitro assays to study NSOs. After a short break, Dr. Michael Baumann (NIDA, US) and Dr. Matteo Marti (UniFe, Italy) will talk about in vivo behavioral and cardiorespiratory assays. Finally, Dr. Bruno De Geest (UGent) will give a lecture about the development of a fentanyl vaccine.

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