NCYSUR Research Symposium 2023

NCYSUR is dedicated to an evidence-based understanding of and responses to youth substance use. We would like to invite you to our symposium on Friday 28 April 2023 (9.00 am – 4.00 pm GMT +10).

Our research includes supporting individuals and families who are in need of help, working with schools and communities in a prevention framework, and policy and population level interventions to enhance the health outcomes of youth.

We are very excited to showcase and discuss our research at NCYSUR with you. There are speakers from early- to senior-career stages packed into this one-day online event. Presenters will be live online to answer your questions.

This is a hybrid event with in-person and online options.



9:00 - Arrival and registration

9:25 - Director's welcome - Prof. Jason Connor

9:30 - Keynote - Prof. Wayne Hall: Is adolescent cannabis use a gateway to other drugs

10:00 - Session 1: Cannabis, tobacco, and vaping:

Janni Leung - Cannabis and tobacco co-use

Giang Vu - Impact of smoking on the youth brain

Habte Belete - Cannabis use in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dani Dawson - Medical cannabis use and addiction

Carmen Lim - Trending substances on social media

Tianze Sun - E-cigarette ads and use in adolescents

Brienna Rutherford - Viral vaping in youth

11:00 -  Keynote - Dr Emily Stockings: Our best defence is self-defence: Next steps for addressing the vaping ‘epidemic’ among young people in Australia

11:30 - Lunch break

12:30 - Session 2: Alcohol and other drugs (AOD):

Gab Campbell - Youth in alcohol and drugs treatment

Leith Morris - Brief AOD intervention community trial

Calvert Tisdale - Presentations following AOD treatment

Rhiannon Ellem - Mental health and substance use in schools

Ben Johnson - Stimulant use discussions by youths on Reddit

13:20 -  Keynote - Prof John Saunders: When video gaming changes from fun to compulsion

14:00 - Afternoon tea break

14:30 - Session 3: New horizons of addiction research:

Associate Prof Gary Chan - Innovations in statistics: Causal inferences in addiction research

Dr Daniel Stjepanovic - New drinks to the party: Zero alcohol content beverages used in youth

15:15 - Closing: NCYSUR Dep Director - Prof. Leanne Hides

15:30 - Conference concludes

NCYSUR Research Symposium 2023

Fri 28 Apr 2023 9:00am3:30pm


Sir Llew Edwards Building, Level 6 - Building 14, St Lucia campus
Terrace Room


Symposium committee
(07) 3365 1111