The IOTOD conference has continuously offered an exciting and interactive range of sessions, including hands-on case studies, expert speakers and thought-provoking discussions.

The IOTOD 2018 conference programme is shown below, developed with help from leading experts in the opioid dependence field and feedback from previous conference delegates. The programme may be subject to changes up until the live event.


The IOTOD 2018 conference will offer CME and CPD accreditation where applicable.

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Time Topic Speakers
09:00 IOTOD 2018 Welcome
Session 1 - Key considerations for optimising pharmacotherapy
09:10 Chair introduction
09:15 The right treatment? Factoring in opioid-associated drug-drug interactions
  • Dr Stephan Walcher
09:40 Practicalities of transitioning between opioid agonist treatments
10:05 New horizons for treatment: translating the latest in research into clinical practice
10:35 Case study
10:45 Coffee break
Session 2 – Towards integrated psychosocial interventions
11:15 Commitments to change and chair introduction
11:30 Improving outcomes with psychosocial interventions
11:55 Tailoring behavioural interventions: emerging evidence and practical considerations
12:20 Social issues and interventions: spotlight on homelessness
  • Ms Susan McCutcheon
12:45 Continuing case study
12:55 Lunch
Session 3 – Beyond the textbook case: overcoming complex challenges
14:00 Commitments to change and chair introduction
14:15 Implications of comorbid psychiatric disorders
14:40 Strategies for treatment-refractory patients
15:05 Polydrug use: emerging challenges
15:30 Continuing case study
15:40 Commitments to change
15:50 Close of Day 1
16:00 Coffee break
16:15 Satellite symposium
Time Topic Speakers
08:30 Day 2 Welcome
Workshop 1 - Achieving HCV elimination
08:35 Chair introduction
08:40 Why bother? Building a case for HCV treatment
09:05 HCV treatment options
09:30 Optimising the patient pathway
09:55 Continuing case study
10:05 Coffee break
Session 4 – Tools for tackling opioid overdoses
10:30 Commitments to change and chair introduction
10:45 The current landscape of opioid overdoses and harm-reduction strategies
11:10 Novelties and nuances in naloxone
  • Dr Rebecca McDonald
11:35 Harm-reduction strategies: reaching the unreached
12:00 Case study
12:10 Lunch
13:10 Commitments to change and panel introduction
13:25 Complex cases: panel discussion
14:15 Summary and close
14:30 Conference close and coffee
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