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ImaginePathways is one of the three funded projects in the first transnational call of ERANID 'Understanding drug use pathways'.


Understanding the Interplay between Cultural, Biological and Subjective Factors in Drug Use Pathways

Why does one individual start using illegal drugs, while another does not? Why is one able to use them in a controlled, functional way, while another escalates use and problems? Here we will build on genetic, brain imaging, individual and social data that has already been collected in the IMAGEN project of over 2000 Europeans since they were aged 14. Critically, we will add to the next stage of this project by characterizing dynamic drug use pathways using a multidisciplinary approach. We will use longitudinal hair analysis to objectively map drug use over 12 months. We will use mobile apps as well as rich qualitative analyses to portray the multiple layers of drug use pathways over time.  In expanding the ongoing longitudinal IMAGEN cohort, we will determine for the first time how progression from adolescence to young adulthood influences drug use pathways and their consequences for individual and society.


During the midterm conference in Rome on October 26th, 2016 the three funded projects in the first ERANID call for proposals were presented by the principal investigators for the partners and funders.

Researchers and research institutions

PIReinout WiersUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
Co-PI 1Gunther SchumanKing’s College LondonThe United Kingdom
Co-PI 2Valerie CurranUniversity College LondonThe United Kingdom
Co-PI 3Andreas HeinzCharite, Universitatsmedizin BerlinGermany
Co-PI 4Vincent FrouinCommisariat d’Energie Atomique-Neurospin, ParisFrance
Co-PI 5Anita HardonUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
Co-PI 6Jean Luc Martinot INSERMFrance

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