AMECA 2016 program





Mete Korkut GÜLMEN: MD, PhD. (Cukurova University, Department of Forensic Medicine)

Dr. Gulmen is licensed as an Anatomo–Pathology Medical Specialist in Cukurova University, worked at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy and at the Forensic Medicine Department in Adana. He had been a fellow to the Forensic Medicine of Dundee University, in Scotland in 1995 and received his PhD from Cukurova University. He had attended to several courses and programs in AFIP, Bethesda, USA as postdoctoral studies.

Dr. Gulmen had been the Chair of the Department in Cukurova University since 2005 continuously and was as a lecturer, researcher and chair of the department in different times since 1992. He is the Chairperson of The Forensic Pathology section for the last 20 years.

He had been the president of the National Forensic Medicine Specialists Association and the Board of the Forensic Medicine Specialists. He had organized The Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences (MAFS) meeting in Antalya in 2009as the President of the academy. He organized the 22nd IALM Meeting in Istanbul in 2012. and had organized the 22nd IALM Meeting in 2012 at Istanbul – Turkey.

mustafa-alabsiPr. Mustafa al’Absi, PhD (University of Minnesota, USA)

Dr. Mustafa al’Absi is a Professor of Behavioral Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Neuroscience, and Epidemiology. He is the holder of the Max & Mary La Due Pickworth Chair at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prof. al’Absi is the current director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratories at the University of Minnesota.

In addition to his US based scientific programs, in 2013 Dr. al’Absi, with colleagues from Africa and the Middle East, launched the Africa and Middle East Congress on Addiction (AMECA) as a platform to promote research, training, and networking among addiction and mental health professionals from these regions. He is the current Chair of the congress executive and scientific committee.  He is also the past president of the American Psychosomatic Society (APS).

He has received several honorary awards, including the Neal E. Miller Young Investigator Award from the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research and the Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society. He has served on multiple NIH Study Sections and panels. He has been an associate editor or editorial board members for many scientific journals including Biological Psychology, Psychophysiology, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. He has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles on high impact journals and has published two books, in addition to many chapters and hundreds of presentations and invited talks.

ali-chadlyPr. Ali Chadly, MD. (Faculty of Medicine of Monastir, University of Monastir, Tunisia)

Pr. Ali Chadly, Professor in Forensic Medicine and Head of the department of Forensic Medicine at the University Hospital of Monastir.

Pr. Ali Chadly is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Monastir, University of Monastir, Tunisia and the President of the CIDMEF (Conférence Internationale des Doyens et des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française).

Pr. Chadly is also an international expert in pedagogy of Health Sciences.

nora-volkowDr. Nora Volkow, MD (Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA))

Dr. Volkow is a world’s leading expert in addiction. Her research focuses on brain imaging, and she has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain that affects not only reward centers, but also the frontal brain regions involved with self-regulation and control. She also pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects of drugs including the demonstration that cocaine impairs the cerebral circulation in the human brain. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.

manfred-cramer Manfred Cramer (Manfred University of Applied Sciences)

Pr. Manfred Cramer, Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Munich University of Applied Sciences.

He is a leading figure in establishing the Munich Institute for Mental Health and is highly engaged in global capacity building activities.

naoufel-gaddourNaoufel Gaddour, MD. (Faculty of Medicine of Monastir, University of Monastir, Tunisia)

Dr. Gaddour is a Child Psychiatrist at the University hospital of Monastir, Tunisia. Dr. Gaddour is also the President of the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH).


hajer-aounallah-skhiriHajer Aounallah-Skhiri, MD, PhD (Faculty of Medicine of Tunis, University of Tunis-ElManar, Tunisia)

Pr. Aounallah-Skhiri is a Professor in Preventive and Community Health and the Director of the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH).