Catriona Matheson

University of Stirling Drugs Research Network Scotland

Catriona Matheson is a former trustee and treasurer of the Society for the Study of Addiction. Her research interests are in the delivery of care to substance users. Past research includes exploring new services in primary care (e.g. naloxone distribution) and exploring health professional and the general public’s opinions about drug treatment strategies. Current work includes developing and testing complex interventions for older drug users ORT patients, and managing dependence on prescription and over the counter medicines.

Drugs Research Network Scotland 2018 Conference report

A one day conference will be held in central Glasgow, at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Wednesday 28th November 2018. The format will be a mixture of plenary speakers, parallel workshops and posters (with brief presentations). There will be opportunities for networking and sharing ideas throughout the day. A number of speakers have already confirmed their participation and others have been approached.

The DRNS is a funded by the Scottish Funding Council for three years from September 2017. It is an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and multi-institutional collaboration that aims to develop a Scottish drugs research strategy that will build capacity, maximise research investment and deliver robust research evidence to inform policy and practice.

The DRNS aims to:

  1. Optimise the potential for collaboration amongst a diverse range of Scottish researchers and across UK and international collaborations.
  2. Contribute to the building of Scottish research capacity and capability to be sustainable – developing a robust continuity plan that can realistically deliver a national legacy.
  3. Deliver the highest impact research outputs – DRNS partners will collaborate to produce high quality, interdisciplinary, academic research, published in high impact peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Set up effective knowledge exchange (KE) channels and take advantage of those already in existence amongst stakeholder groups, to maximise the potential impact of DRNS research undertaken and to facilitate co-production of research and research outputs.

Drugs Research Network Scotland 2018 Conference report