MARC Interdisciplinary Webinar Series

The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) interdisciplinary webinar series brings together addiction researchers, clinicians and other experts from the sector to discuss emerging research and challenges in the addiction field.


Previous webinars

Since August last year, MARC has delivered 10 webinars in the interdisciplinary series, showcasing 25 MARC researchers, one international guest speaker, and attracting over 2000 registrations. If you have missed out on any of the webinars, you can catch up by viewing them on below or our YouTube channel. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with all our latest videos.


Vulnerable children: Substance use among young people and caregivers in child protection systems

Watch our final webinar for 2021 when we took a look at substance use among young people, focusing on the 'crossover' of children at the nexus of the youth justice and child protection systems, and the implications of caregiver substance abuse in children's involvement in the system.

Our speakers for the event were Dr Susan Baidawi, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work, Monash University and Associate Professor Deb Scott, Strategic Lead, National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit (NAMHSU), Turning Point & Associate Professor, Monash University. The discussant for the webinar was Dr Christine Grove, Senior Lecturer, Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education.

Can cannabinoids help us address the opioid crisis?

Watch our first international guest speaker, Associate Professor Kelly Dunn Ph.D., MBA, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr Dunn is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her primary research interest is in opioid use disorder. Associate Professor Dunn is the principal investigator on several grants supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct human behavioral pharmacological studies that examine opioid and cannabinoid interactions in healthy and clinical treatment populations, the genetic mechanisms underlying differences in opioid sensitivity and potential for addiction, and clinically-meaningful variations in opioid withdrawal phenotypes to inform medication development.

The title of Associate Professor Dunn's presentation is Can cannabinoids help us address the opioid crisis? This talk will discuss the results of a human laboratory evaluation of how oral cannabis (dronabinol) might change the experience of opioids effects and analgesia among persons with no opioid history. The role that individual differences in opioid sensitivity has on meaningful opioid-cannabis interactions will also be discussed. Joining Associate Professor Dunn to discuss this topic and its relevance in the Australian and clinical context is Monash University's Professor Rachelle Buchbinder AO, Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen, Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre.

Socioeconomic lens on addiction: The social and economic factors influencing addiction, and its impact within particular disadvantaged groups

Watch our June webinar where we took a look at the social and economic factors influencing addiction (particularly injecting drug use), and its impact within particular disadvantaged groups, such as young people transitioning from out of home care and the long-term unemployed.

Our speakers for the event were Dr Sonja de New, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash Business School and Associate Professor Philip Mendes, Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit in the Department of Social Work. The discussant for the webinar was Professor Aron Shlonsky, Head of Department of Social Work at Monash University.

Cognitive and neural mechanisms of compulsive eating and obesity

Watch our May interdisciplinary webinar on Obesity where we’ll be examining cognitive and neural mechanisms of compulsive eating and obesity.

Our speakers for the webinar were Dr Katharina Voigt from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and Professor Zane Andrews from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Our webinar discussant was Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia also from the Turner Institute.

Culture Change: Shifting the focus from individuals to the group and responding to risky drinking among young adults and within GP practices

Watch Dr Micahel Savic, Strategic Lead, Clinical & Social Research, Turning Point and Dr Liz Sturgiss, GP & Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice ‘Culture Change; Shifting the focus from individuals to the group and responding to risky drinking among young adults and within GP practices'. The discussant for the webinar was Dr Tina Lam, Monash Addiction Research Centre.

Neural mechanisms, social context and the therapeutic use of  psychedelics

Watch Dr John Gardner, Senior Research Fellow and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and Associate Professor Adeel Razi, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, presenting on the ‘Neural mechanisms, social context and the therapeutic use of psychedelics. The discussant for the webinar was Professor Suresh Sundram, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University.

The role of peer support in treatment: The latest on research and practice

Watch Associate Professor Victoria Manning, Head of the Research and Workforce Development unit at Turning Point, and Associate Professor in Addiction Studies at Monash University and Crystal Clancy, CoordinatorPeer Projects, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC), presenting on the ‘The role of peer support in treatment: The latest on research and treatment’. The discussant for the webinar was Heather Pickard, ACEO, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC).

The impact of COVID on gambling behaviours: positives, negatives, and vulnerabilities

Watch Associate Professor Charles Livingstone, Head of the Gambling and Social Determinants unit at SPHPM, Monash University and Dr Brian Vandenberg, Health economics, School of Social Sciences presenting on the ‘The Impact of COVID on gambling behaviours’. The discussant for the webinar was Anna Bardsley, Advocate for Gambling Reform Recipient of the Healthy & Active Living Award 2019.

Impacts of COVID on substance use and mental health

Watch Professor Paul Dietze, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Burnet Institute and Associate Professor Christopher Pearce, Department of General Practice presenting on the ‘Impacts of COVID on substance use and mental health’. The discussant for the webinar was Dr Shalini Arunogiri, Deputy Clinical Director of Turning Point’s Treatment Service & Deputy Head, Department of Psychiatry (CCS), Monash University.

The latest trends on prescription opioid use, new information on what contributes to harm, and new resources to better support conversations on opioid safety

Catch up on Dr Jenni Ilomaki, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, and Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen, Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre discussing the latest trends on prescription opioid use, new information on what contributes to harm, and new resources to better support conversations on opioid safety below or on our YouTube channel. Our discussant for the webinar was Dr Pallavi Prathivadi from the Department of General Practice, Monash University.