Dr. Tomas Zabransky

The Programme Committee Chair.

Tomas Zabransky was born in Hranice na Morave, Czech Republic. In 1993 he graduated from Medical Faculty, Palacky University Olomouc (Medicinae Universae Doctor, M.D.). In 2001, he received Ph.D. (in epidemiology, hygiene and preventive medicine) from the same faculty. In 2003-4 he was a Hubert H. Humphrey / NIDA Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, professionally afilliated (2nd Q of 2004) with the Centre for Drug Policy Research of RAND Corporation.

Tomas was a principal researcher of the multidisciplinary PAD Study, which evaluated the impacts of amendments in the Czech drug legislature (1999) as requested by the Czech Government. In 1999-2001 he was responsible for the building of the Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - a body responsible for monitoring of drug situation in the country, part of the EU-wide network "Reitox."

Recently, he serves as the Research and Development Manager of the Center for Addictology at the Psychiatric Clinic, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Czech National Focal Point and teacher of drug epidemiology at the Medical Faculty, Palacky University. He works also as International Drug Epidemiology Expert for several EU and UN bodies.

Tomas has extensive domestic and international experience in establishing and ammendments of national drug information systems, in implementation of epidemiologic methodology and in management of complex informational networks. His main research interests are epidemiology of blood borne diseases in-, and mortality of drug users. He has published also on evaluations and modelling of drug policies, and on qualitative research in non-institutionalised population of drug users.

Tomas is member of editorial boards of three peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Drug Issues (USA), Harm Reduction Journal (USA) and Adiktologie (CZ).

Member of several Czech and international professional associations, and Comittee Member of the International Society for Study of Drug Policy (based in UK). Core Member of the Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and injecting drug use.

For more information please click Centre for Addictology of the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague.