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Welcome to the Society for the Study of Addiction

The Society was founded as the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety in 1884, and is the oldest organisation of its type in the United Kingdom. The website allows you to explore the history of the Society and its members, and doing so will bring to life many of the debates that have surrounded the issue of addiction over the past 130 years. The mission of the Society is to broaden and promote the scientific understanding of addiction, and we particularly aim to help clinicians and policy makers get research evidence into practice.

History

The Society was founded as the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety in 1884, and is the oldest organisation of its type in the United Kingdom. The website allows you to explore the history of the Society and its members, and doing so will bring to life many of the debates that have surrounded the issue of addiction over the past 130 years. The mission of the Society is to broaden and promote the scientific understanding of addiction, and we particularly aim to help clinicians and policy makers get research evidence into practice.

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Our aim

Our aim is to add to and promote the scientific understanding of addiction and problems related to it.

Our objective

Our objective is to advocate the use of the evidence-base in policy and practice.

Strategic aims

To support the human capital of addiction researchers and practitioners.

To preserve the integrity and quality of innovation in the addictions field.

To harness and communicate the evidence base to inform policy and practice.

To identify and address the problems of individuals and populations of special vulnerability and liability to harm.

Objectives

  1. To support publication of the Society journals.
  2. To have schemes to support training and education in addiction careers.
  3. To make available travelling scholarships.
  4. To organise and hold an annual conference, for members and non-members.
  5. To support addictions conferences.
  6. To explore and disseminate innovations in theory and practice.
  7. To communicate the evidence base to policy makers.
  8. To support specific policy projects.
  9. To communicate research findings to practitioners.
  10. To support the setting up of addictions professionals’ associations and societies.
  11. To maintain the Society website and online resources.

Board of Trustees

Professor Eilish Gilvarry

President

Dr Ed Day

Vice President

Dr Catriona Matheson

Treasurer

Professor John Strang

Trustee

Professor Ann McNeill

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Dr Daphne Rumball

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Dr Jane Marshall

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Professor Julia Sinclair

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Professor Matt Hickman

Trustee

Dr Arun Dhandayudham

Trustee

Advisers to the Board

Professor Rainer Spanagel

Editor-in-Chief, Addiction Biology

Professor Robert West

Editor-in-Chief, Addiction

SSA Management Team

Martin Wheeler

Chief Officer

Graham Hunt

Executive Officer

Mrs Christine Goodair

Website Manager


Honorary Fellows

1994: Harold Kalant

1995: Jorge Mardones

1996: Max Glatt

1996: Joy Moser

1997: Thomas Bewley

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1997: Jerome Jaffe

1998: Malcolm Lader

1998: Ting Kai Li

1999: Robert Kendell

1999: Lee Robins

1999: Michael Russell

2000: Thomas F Babor

2000: Harold Holder

2000: Thomas McLellan

2000: Max Glatt (Distinguished Fellowship)

2001: George Vaillant

2004: Dr Jonathan Chick

2004: Ms Pat Davis

2004: Professor Masaomi Iyo

2005: Griffith Edwards (Distinguished Fellowship)

2005: Dr Kathy Carroll

2006: Professor Jim Orford

2008: Virginia Berridge

2009: Professor Christine Godfrey

Governance & Constitution

The Society for the Study of Addiction (the Society) is established for charitable purposes and is constituted as a company limited by guarantee governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, last amended in November 2012.

Governance

  • The trustees of the Society (the Board) are elected by the membership and their role is to provide scientific direction, business and financial administration to the charitable company and in accordance with a job description which can be found here.
  • The Board shall have not less than three nor more than 15 members, of whom no more than 12 are elected by the membership of the Society at the Annual General Meeting, with the Board having the power to co-opt up to a maximum of three additional members with the same powers as elected members. Trustees serve until the end of the third Annual General Meeting following the one at which they were elected. Members wishing to stand for election or to nominate a fellow member to stand should follow the procedure set out in the attached document.
  • Training in aspects of good governance is given to trustees on a regular basis and an induction process is carried out for all new trustees.
  • The Officers of the Board consist of the President, Vice President and the Treasurer together with other officers as deemed necessary by the Board. A Governance committee consisting of a number of trustees has been set up to aid and direct the Board in all aspects of governance and specifically to ensure that the ​Board adopts and follows recommended practice for smaller charities given in the “Charity Governance Code” (https://www.charitygovernancecode.org). Other committees and panels exist to monitor the Society’s finances, strategic plans and its academic schemes, journals and other publications. A chief officer is appointed by the trustees to manage the day to day operations of the Society. The editors of the Society’s journals are appointed by the trustees.

Ethical policy

Our trustees have a duty to serve the aims of the Society impartially, declaring any potential conflict of interest, and withdrawing from any related decision-making process.

The Board believe that research should be ethical at all times and that any relationships (financial or otherwise) between students, researchers or trustees and industry (either directly or via any industry-supported research body or advisory committee or board) is a potential conflict of interest depending on the precise nature of the relationship. Such relationships (prior or existing) should therefore be declared in all applications so that the Board can assess whether the conflict would unduly influence the application.

Privacy policy

You can view our privacy policy by clicking here.

Complaints policy

View our complaints policy by clicking here.

Constitution

The Articles of Association of the Society for the Study of Addiction can be downloaded from the link below as an MS Word document.