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Center for Opioid Epidemiology & Policy Events

NYU Langone’s Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy hosts several seminars each year to share our research findings, explain new areas of study, and advance the field of opioid-related research.

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Polysubstance Use Symposium

We are pleased to host our first Polysubstance Use Symposium from October 20 to 21, 2022. This event will accelerate knowledge of polysubstance use—the use of two or more substances—by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders with an emphasis on opportunities for early-career and underrepresented researchers.

The symposium will be hosted in person at the NYU Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South in New York City.

This event is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 1R13DA057083-01.

Symposium Emphasis

Content of the symposium spans three key domains.

Prevalence and emerging trends (epidemiology, genetics, and toxicology and autopsy data): There are numerous high-risk patterns individuals may engage in; however, research is needed on the motivations, context, and trajectories of patterns.

Treatment (pharmacologic or behavioral, and harm reduction): Research is needed on unique treatment options and identification of barriers to care for individuals specifically engaged in polysubstance use or those with multiple substance use disorders.

Social determinants (underserved populations, demographics, and psychosocial drivers): Polysubstance use is pronounced among underserved populations. Further research on the association of high-risk polysubstance patterns and individual, interpersonal, community, and societal level factors are requested.


There is a $20 registration fee for the symposium. If the fee poses a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at for registration. All registered attendees will receive an email with hotel details, childcare resources, and other pertinent information. Register now.

Submit an Abstract

Abstracts, which were due on July 1, 2022, should not exceed 350 words and fit within one of the three above domains. At submission, you will select if you would like to be considered for a 15-minute oral presentation, poster, or either session format.

Scholarship Applications

Five full and five partial scholarships are available for students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators. Individuals who identify as a member of a group underrepresented in substance use research as defined by the National Institutes of Health as individuals from nationally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications were due on July 15, 2022.

Symposium Agenda

Our symposium spans two days.

Day 1: October 20, 2022

9:00AM: Registration opens
9:00–9:45AM: Beverages served
10:00–10:30AM: Opening remarks
10:30–11:00AM: Keynote and morning plenary
11:00–11:15AM: Break
11:15AM–12:30PM: Concurrent research sessions
12:30–1:30PM: Networking lunch
1:45–2:30PM: Concurrent research sessions
2:30–2:45PM: Break
2:45–3:30PM: Concurrent sessions
3:30–3:45PM: Break
3:45–5:30PM: Poster session and reception

Day 2: October 21, 2022

8:00–9:15AM: Early-career speed-mentoring breakfast (limited to early-career researchers and mentors only)
9:00–9:30AM: Coffee and arrival of other participants
9:30–10:30AM: Panel: The Future of Polysubstance Use Research
10:30–11:15AM: Concurrent sessions:
Methods workshop: The Conundrum of How to Measure Polysubstance Use
Research sessions
11:15–11:30AM: Break
11:35AM–12:40PM: Concurrent research sessions

Contact Us

For questions and inquiries, please contact Caroline Barnes at or