Letter from the IOTOD Scientific Committee

Dear Colleague,

The Scientific Committee is delighted to invite you to the 2018 Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD) conference, taking place in Madrid on 15–16 May 2018. The conference has been running for 16 years and is a unique learning experience for all healthcare professionals wishing to further their knowledge and skills in the field of opioid dependence.

This year’s conference will explore urgent challenges faced by patients today – from psychiatric disorders to homelessness – and emphasise the importance of integrating care for co-occurring conditions. To accomplish this, we will address the latest innovations in treatment research and their potentially game-changing applications, while providing pragmatic advice and strategies for effecting change in the day-to-day clinic.

In light of a concerning rise in opioid overdoses, the IOTOD conference has collaborated with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) to introduce a session on the topic. Through plenary talks, the session aims to equip you with key tools for tackling opioid overdoses.

As with previous years, the well-received Integrated Psychosocial Interventions session will introduce new thought-provoking concepts, and the Hepatitis C session will invite you to help make HCV elimination a reality. Other highlights of this year’s programme include nuanced discussions on transitioning between treatments, upcoming treatment formulations, polydrug use and heroin-assisted treatment.

The 2018 IOTOD conference will feature the popular complex case study clinic, for which you are invited to share complex patient challenges to discuss with the expert panel and audience. As well as this, our traditional Commitments to Change will give you an opportunity to vote on which of the conference’s key learnings you will commit to taking forward into your own clinical practice.

From highly interactive lectures to lively case study-based panel discussions, our educational conference condenses a wealth of expert experience and insight into a stimulating two-day event. The conference provides an exceptional opportunity for discussing your ideas with experts, facilitated by cutting-edge interactive technology. You will also be able to network with the ~300 international healthcare professionals that attend every year.

The 2018 IOTOD conference promises to be an enlightening and engaging event that will enhance your clinical knowledge and equip you with the necessary tools to effect change in your clinical practice, thereby improving outcomes for you and your patients. We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

The IOTOD 2018 Scientific Committee

                Take me to the programme

Who should attend?

Anyone who has an interest in opioid addiction medicine or plays a role in the care of people who inject drugs. Past attendees have included addiction specialists, pain specialists, psychiatrists, social workers, general practitioners and nurses.

Why attend?

IOTOD aims to provide the most up-to-date information in the field of opioid addiction in Europe. If you work in the field of opioid addiction, this conference should not be missed.

The conference attracts a multitude of specialists from across the globe, thus representing a unique opportunity to network with high-level experts in opioid addiction and get their insight on some of the most controversial topics in the field.