Lorenzo Somaini, MD – Italy

Dr. Lorenzo Somaini directs a hospital service unit specializing in addictions treatment following the methods and protocols of Drs. Dole and Nyswander. While primarily a practicing clinician, his mission also includes developing and delivering education and training for physicians and nurses on opioid agonist treatment. He conducts ongoing extensive research in such areas as the genetic factors influencing individual response to methadone and buprenorphine, the role of adverse childhood experiences in the development of addiction, and the immunologic effect of treatment. Dr. Somaini is a recognized expert on opioid agonist treatment and collaborates extensively with the Department for Antidrug Policies – Ministry for International Cooperation and Integration, Italy, the UN Office of Drug Prevention and Health, the Italian Society of Addiction Medicine, EUROPAD, the World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, as well as Italian and international universities. He is also recognized for his contribution to the development of Ukraine’s national strategy on opioid dependence.

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