Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 20th International Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting (ISAM BUSAN 2018) which will be held in Busan, Korea, November 3 (Sat) – 6 (Tue), 2018.

The Organizing Committee is committed to hosting the scientific must-attend event of 2018, with a broad range of plenary lectures, expert lectures, symposiums, young investigator’s sessions, poster presentations, and a lively social calendar of networking events and sightseeing activities. ISAM BUSAN 2018 will showcase important topics including: genetics, neurobiology, the prevention & policy of addictions, behavioral addictions, pharmacological interventions, special populations and drug courts, and many other relevant topics within the theme of ‘Addiction Medicine from the Past to the Future’. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the ISAM 2018 will be the biggest event ever and as we mentioned in the sub-title of the event, it will be meaningful to foresee the future direction of addiction medicine based on the experiences of the past 20 years. The relaxed and friendly environment will offer both a professionally and personally-rewarding experience, allowing for dialogue and an exchange of clinical and research expertise among the world’s leading experts in addiction field.

Busan has a harmonious natural environment relationship of mountains, rivers and sea. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold.

Busan has also natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city for tourism and culture. Particularly, Tongdo Temple is known as one of the three major Buddhist temples in Korea. Visitors can join temple stay program which offers to learn important Buddhist rituals, mind development and relaxing. Jagalchi is Korea and Busan’s typical fishery market and can taste many kinds of abundant seafood ready-to-enjoy there. Moreover, Gyeongju is a place for vicinity tour near Busan which is numerous archaeological sites and museums devoted to the history of the Silla Kingdom which ruled the peninsula for 2,000 years ago. These factors make Busan is renowned as a hot spot destination for international conventions which is the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO), ISAM BUSAN 2018 official venue. You can enjoy the unique atmosphere in the best city of Korea, which retains its 5,000 years of history.

I hope you will accept my invitation to participate in the ISAM BUSAN 2018 and I look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to beautiful ‘Dynamic Busan’.

See you in Busan!

Sincerely yours,

Sung-Gon Kim | M.D., Ph.D.

President of the Local Organizing Committee, The 20th International Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Korea

Addictions are a criticalhealthcare and public health throughout the world today. The ISAM annual meeting provides an incredible platform for sharing ideas, problems and solutions about addictions around the globe.

This year's meeting in Busan, South Korea has an excellent group of plenary speakers as well as poster and paper sessions which allow addiction specialists to share their latest findings. There are also a number of forums for informal interactions and networking.

I hope you will join us for this exciting meeting in a lovely and exotic location.

Kathleen T. Brady

President of ISAM
Distinguished University Professor & Vice President for Research, Medical University of South Carolina