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Cologne, April 2018 ICBA 2018: We say thank you!

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The 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA 2018) was a great success. This year's ICBA was hosted by our team (Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand) and the team from the Hannover Medical School (Prof. Dr. Dr. Astrid Müller) and it took place in Cologne. The president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions (ISSBA), Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (University of Budapest), was delighted with this year's ICBA, stating that the conference with about 300 contributions from all over the world has further increased, not only in quantity but also in quality. Also other renowned researchers expressed their enthusiasm and gratitude for the excellent organization. We would like to deeply thank all participants of the ICBA 2018 for making these three days so special and unique!

Numerous keynotes and scientific symposia gave insights into the research area of behavioral addictions and those behaviors currently being discussed as such, e.g. Gaming Disorder, Internet-Use Disorder, or Buying Disorder. The keynote lectures were held by international leading experts in the respective fields, e.g. Luke Clark (Canada) about Gambling Disorder, Daria Kuss (UK) about Social-Media Addiction, Guangheng Dong (China) about Internet-Gaming Disorder, Rudolf Stark (Germany) about Pornography-Use Disorder, or Michael Kyrios (Australia) about Buying Disorder. Kimberly Young, a luminary in the field of Internet-Addiction research, was unable to come due to health reasons but contributed to this conference with a special video message. Her impressive talk was addressed and complemented with enriching suggestions by Elisa Wegmann. A further enrichment were the newly introduced pro/con debates, which caused lively discussions about pathologizing behavior (Aviv Weinstein, Israel vs. Joël Billieux, Luxembourg) and the concept of 'food addiction' (Erica M. Schulte, USA vs. Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Spain).

Early-career scientists also got a chance to speak. Starting with Stephanie Antons sharing her impressions as a young researcher at the opening ceremony, numerous other early-career researchers presented their work at eight parallel sessions. Especially the newly introduced format of minitalks gave many of them the chance to make their voices heard. The social dinner on Tuesday evening, which was fully booked, rounded off the program so that the international conference as a whole was a great success.

Therefore we say: THANK YOU to all participants of the ICBA 2018 in Cologne!

Cologne, April 2018 International Conference on Behavioral Addictions

Icba 2018-01The International Conference on Behavioral Addictions in Cologne takes place from the 23rd to 25th of April. With 14 keynote speakers and 42 scientific symposia, the conference offers an excellent program on behavioral addictions. Some keynote speakers and many symposia focus on Internet Gaming Disorder and other addictive behaviors in the context of digital media usage. In addition, current developments in international classification systems of mental disorders are taken into account. So, according to the current Beta Draft of the ICD-11, Gaming Disorder will probably be added as a standalone disorder. This has far-reaching consequences for diagnostics, counselling, prevention, and treatment of Internet-related disorders.

The ICBA provides an excellent environment to learn about the latest developments in the field of behavioral addiction research and to exchange ideas with colleagues. Other main topics are pathological gambling, buying addiction, and hypersexual behavior.

Many well-known speakers followed the invitation to Cologne: Luke Clark (Canada), Zsolt Demetrovicz (Hungary), Guangheng Dong (China), Daniel King and Michael Kyrios (both Australia), Marcantonio Spada and Daria Kuss (both UK), Kimberly Young (USA), Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (Lübeck) and Rudolf Stark (Gießen) from Germany, to name just a few.

The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Astrid Müller (Hannover Medical School) as well as Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (University of Budapest). The conference language is English. Further information on this year's ICBA can be found on the congress homepage

June 2016 1. CeBAR Symposium

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The opening ceremony of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen has taken place at CASINO Zollverein in Essen on June 24, 2016.

At the symposium, with approximately 100 participants, greetings were given by Prof. Dr. Torben Weis, Vice Dean of the department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and PD Dr. Bert te Wildt of the Ambulance for Behavioral Addictions at the Ruhr-University Bochum. These were followed by talks about different behavioral addictions which were given by internationally acknowledged experts and early career scientists. The talks about Internet use disorder, gambling disorder, pathological buying, and hypersexual behavior were complemented by a panel discussion in which participants could ask questions to the experts.

The head of CeBAR, Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand, expressed his appreciation to all experts and participants for the successful event.


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The head of the department General Psychology: Cognition at the University of Duisburg-Essen is Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand. General Psychology: Cognition is a part of the division of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Sciences at the Faculty of Engineering.

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