I am excited to welcome you all to the 2019 meeting of the International Society of Addiction Medicine in New Delhi. The organizing committee, led by Rakesh Chadda, has put together a wonderful program with well-known speakers from all over the world, social events and time for net-working with colleagues. The meeting is co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association, World Association of Social Psychiatry, Indian Psychiatric Society and Indian Association for Social Psychiatry. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.
It gives us immense pleasure to invite you all to the 21st Annual Meeting of International Society of Addiction Medicine to be held in New Delhi, India from 13th to 16th November 2019. The theme of the conference is "Addiction in a Rapidly Changing World". We look forward to this opportunity to meet colleagues for shared learning, and a rich social and cultural experience. The conference is being organised by the Department of Psychiatry & National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India.
The role of addiction medicine is extremely important in the current world context. The growing prevalence of addiction in certain quarters coupled with the emergence of behavioural addictions makes the issues related to addiction necessary to be focussed upon. The magnitude of the harm due to addiction on the individual and the society is immense. Thus, deliberations are required to further discuss upon the course of research on addictions and improvement of service provision at the international level. Also, experience gained from one part of the world might be helpful in making lives better in another part. This conference, thus, hopes to bring together diverse professionals working in the field of addiction medicine from across the globe, to facilitate the process of coalescing of ideas and enrichment of expertise.
We assure you a memorable four day conference at New Delhi which will include several symposia, invited lectures, workshops, oral communications and posters built into the schedule. We also hope the conference would provide an opportunity for you to network with experts and professionals from various countries and various fields.
Delhi, the venue of ISAM 2019 is a vibrant city, where old coexists with the new. The history of the city dates back over a millennia and offers rich cultural heritage. Delhi offers a range of culinary and sight-seeing experiences. The city is well connected with flights from all over the world. The city offers a range of options for accommodations from 5 star hotels to budget hotels. The city also has a well- developed public transport system. We hope that you will be able to enjoy the city as well.
Looking forward to welcome you in ISAM 2019 at New Delhi.