The winning articles, chosen from a selection of 40 papers, are:
- ‘Blunted ventral striatal responses to anticipated rewards foreshadow problematic drug use in novelty-seeking adolescents’ (2017), Professor Dr Christian Büchel (Germany), Peters, J., Banaschewski, T., Bokde, A. L. W., Bromberg, U., Conrod, P.J., Flor, H.,Papadopoulos, D., Garavan, H., Gowland, P., Heinz, A., Walter, H., Ittermann, B., Mann, K., Martinot, J.L, Paillère-Martinot, M.L.,Nees, F., Paus, T., Pausova, Z., Poustka, L., Rietschel, M., Robbins, T.W., Smolka, M.N.,Gallinat, J., Schumann, G.,Knutson, B. and the IMAGEN consortium. Published in Nature Communications, Volume 8 — DOI:10.1038/ncomms14140.
- ‘Psychiatric comorbidity and intimate partner violence among women who inject drugs in Europe: a cross-sectional study’ (2017), Judit Tirado Muñoz, PhD (Spain), Gilchrist, G., Fischer, G., Taylor, A., Moskalewicz, J., Giammarchi, C., Köchl, B., Munro, A., Dąbrowska,. K., Shaw, A., Di Furia, L., Leeb, I., Hopf, C.and Torrens, M. Published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Volume 21, pp. 259–269 — DOI 10.1007/s00737-017-0800-3.
- ‘Purity, adulteration and price of drugs bought on-line versus off-line in the Netherlands’ (2017), Daan van der Gouwe (The Netherlands), Brunt, T.M., van Laar, M. and van der Pol, P. Published in Addiction, Volume 112, pp. 640–648 — DOIdoi.org/10.1111/add.13720.
- ‘Does exposure to opioid substitution treatment in prison reduce the risk of death after release? A national prospective observational study in England’ (2017), Professor John Marsden (United Kingdom), Stillwell, G., Jones, H., Cooper, A., Eastwood, B., Farrell, M., Lowden, T., Maddalena, N., Metcalfe, C., Shaw, J. and Hickman, M. Published in Addiction, Volume 112, pp. 1408–1418 — DOI: doi.org/10.1111/add.13779.
- ‘Assessing the impact of laws controlling the online availability of 25I-NBOMe, AH-7921, MDPV and MXE — outcomes of a semi-automated e-shop monitoring’ (2017), Vendula Belackova, PhD (Czech Republic), Pazitny, M., Drapalova, E., Martinez, M., van der Gouwe, D., Begley, E., Kidawa, M., Tomkova, A. and Kmetonynova, D. Published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Volume 25, pp. 109–117— DOI: doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1275526.
A total of 19 articles were shortlisted in 5 different categories. For a full overview, see shortlists with authors and links to abstracts.
Nomination and eligibility
The award showcases innovative research in the drugs field. For each edition, the EMCDDA asks its partners to nominate papers focusing on illicit drugs or new psychoactive substances. The articles will have been published in the previous year in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, with the primary author being of European nationality or based in a European country.
Each nominated paper should be classified according to the following research fields: basic biological, neurobiological and behavioural research (including aetiological and addictive behaviour research); population based and clinical epidemiology; markets and drug cultures (including production, trafficking, crime and ethnographic studies); demand reduction interventions (including prevention, treatment, harm reduction, reintegration and clinical treatment); drug policy and supply reduction interventions.
The scientific award was inaugurated in 2011 by the EMCDDA and its Scientific Committee to showcase innovative research in the drugs field.