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The 3rd World Congress on Alcohol and Addictions

23 – 26 September 2024, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 3rd World Congress on Alcohol and Addictions

23 – 26 September 2024, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


The 3rd World Congress on Alcohol and Addictions

23 – 26 September 2024, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Welcome to the 3rd World Congress on Alcohol and Addictions

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, we invite you to the 3rd World Congress on Alcohol and Addictions.  This will be the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) and will be co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research (APSAAR).

The Congress will be held in Melbourne from September 23 to 26, 2024.  Melbourne is a city of 5 million people, with the reputation of being the business, cultural, and gastronomic capital of Australia and one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The Congress will be scientifically compelling and multidisciplinary, building on the high standards of the past. The program is being developed with the International Scientific Advisory Committee, and will comprise plenary lectures by international experts, and parallel streams of symposia proposed by ISBRA and APSAAR members and conference delegates, together with roundtable discussions, oral papers and posters.

We hope you will consider Australia as an attractive destination to visit and combine your attendance at the ISBRA-APSAAR 2024 Congress with a welcome break.  Australia is a beautiful and attractive country offering a huge range of vacation experiences. These include 20 World Heritage-listed sites.  Attractions include the unique indigenous culture, historical sites, superb sandy beaches, surfing and other water sport activities, hiking, and iconic modern architecture. It is a safe and well-connected country. Melbourne has direct flights from over 60 airports worldwide and multiple daily flights to other destinations throughout Australia.

We look forward to working with you as participants, speakers, symposium organisers, fellow researchers, and clinicians to make the 2024 World Congress on Alcohol a resounding success and one that you will remember and benefit from for many years in the future.

John B Saunders

Congress President

Andrew Lawrence

Congress Vice-President and LOC Chair

Paul Haber

Congress Vice-President

Christina Perry

Congress Executive

Congress Legacy

We also aim for the 2024 Congress to have a lasting legacy, in the form of:

  • collaborative networks for alcohol- and addiction-related research;
  • international clinical trial networks; and
  • policy development and public health, to have a “Melbourne agreement” on key global strategies to minimise alcohol-related harm.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus Now Available 

As a sponsor and exhibitor, you will have the exclusive opportunity to showcase your organization’s products, services, and expertise to an international audience.

Congress Themes

Learn more below, about the potential key themes the Congress intends to cover in 2024.

2024 themes
  • alcohol neuroscientific research
  • neurocircuitry and imaging
  • current status of biological markers
  • network analysis at genomic and phenotypic levels
  • mechanisms of organ damage and its treatment
  • fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and its prevention
  • psychosocial and neurocognitive treatments
  • pharmacological treatments
  • alcohol treatment guidelines
  • alcohol epidemiology and the burden of disease
  • policy and prevention approaches to reduce alcohol-related harm
  • alcohol in the family
  • managing comorbid addictions and mental disorders
  • mutual aid and peer support groups,
  • digital health interventions
  • wearable devices and remote technologies

The Congress Commences in...