Tim Bingham:

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Tim Bingham has over 20 years of experience working directly with clients and health professionals in the substance use field including traditional drugs, novel psychoactive substances (NPS), and muscle drugs (in particular steroids). His research specialism is on emerging drug trends and on-line drug market places. He has co-authored a number of journal articles on these issues with a recent focus on the ‘Dark Web’. These include ‘Surfing the Silk Road’ and most recently ‘The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets’. In 2015 he was a member of an expert panel at the Drug Policy Alliance Conference in the USA on new and emerging drugs, and has presented as an international expert to the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction on the Dark Net and the ongoing developments of Internet drug markets. He is currently an independent advisor for a European Project, funded by the EU, called “New psychoactive substances (NPS): building knowledge and evidence-based training through research”, which monitors anonymous online drug marketplaces. Email Tim:

You can follow him on twitter @binghaminfo.

Rebekah Brennan:


Rebekah Brennan is a PhD researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland and Irish Research Council (IRC) scholar. Her research project focuses on the injecting use of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPED). The central aim is to explore and describe individuals who inject IPED’s decision making processes, injecting drug use practices and side effect phenomena through studying their subjective individual experiences and interpretation of cultural messages around body ideals. Her research is conducted by utilizing both qualitative methods in the online setting. Previously Rebekah is published in the area of novel psychoactive drug (NPS) use. Moreover, she is also a reviewer for the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Email Rebekah:

You can also find her on Twitter: @rebekah_Brennan and LinkedIn.

Dr. Marie Claire Van Hout


Dr. Marie Claire Van Hout has a Ph.D., M.Sc. Addiction (International Programme in Addiction Studies), and a M.Sc. Health Promotion. She is a Professor of Public Health Policy and Practice at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. Van Hout has over 15 years research experience in the field of substance misuse,  public health, pharmaco and addict-vigilance. She coordinates the ENCePP registered Substance Misuse Research at WIT with studies registered on the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). She is an Associate Member of staff at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moore’s University, UK. She has consulted as Training Specialist for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), as Expert Evaluator for the European Research Executive Agency (REA-EC) on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “RISE” (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange), as Vice Chair for the ITN (Innovative Training Networks) ‘Life ‘ panel H2020-MSCA-ITN 2016, and as Independent Project Evaluator for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). She is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Email Marie Claire: