• IPAS Director leads development of first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) related to Addiction Science

Dr. Kyle Dyer, Director of IPAS at King’s College London, and a team of leading addiction researchers from the UK will be offering the first massive open online course (MOOC) in the field of Addiction Science. 

Called “Understanding Drugs and Addiction”, this six-week journey will help students achieve a better understanding of the nature of addiction and its effect on society, and will provide participants a preview of the types of issues and information that would be covered in greater depth through the full IPAS MS programme.  The course is free.  (A fee is charged only if you wish to earn college credit for participation.  Check with your school to determine whether MOOC credits are transferable for credit).

Although the course opens on February 17, it is largely self-paced, and therefore late registration is possible.  Limited spots are still available.   You can see a brief trailer for the course and register at:

  • IPAS expert Prof. Bankole Johnson (University of Virginia), will be the 2013 recipient of the NIAAA Jack Mendelson, M.D., Award. The Mendelson award is bestowed annually to outstanding alcohol investigator whose clinical research makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of alcoholism susceptibility, alcohol's effects on the brain and other organs, and prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders.  Prof Johnson is an alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, a Professor of Neuroscience, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia. We are privileged to have Prof Johnson in IPAS as an expert presenting on pharmacotherapies in the management of alcohol dependence.

  • IPAS expert Prof. Kennth Kendler (VCU) was honoured not once, but twice as the recipient of the Ming Stung Lifetime achievement award from the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics, and with the Jean Delay Prize from the World Psychiatric Association. The latter award is sometimes regarded as the “Nobel Prize” of psychiatry. We are proud to have such an outstanding clinician teaching in our program.

  • Dr. Femke Buisman-Pijlman (IPAS Programme Director for the University of Adelaide) has been awarded one of the 2012 South Australian Science Excellence Awards, in the category: Early Career STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Educator of the Year - Tertiary Teaching.