Dr Jacques Raubenheimer from The University of Sydney presented at the 2019 NDARC Seminar Series on Thursday, 11 April 2019.
The presentation focused on the use of a tool developed by Dr Raubenheimer for accessing raw Google Trends search probability data, and how this might be used for contemporaneous forecasting of drug interest, as well as limitations to the data which indicate that they cannot provide a complete picture of drug interest, but can, it is hoped, supplement conventional drug interest survey data.
Jacques Raubenheimer moved from South Africa to Australia at the start of 2017 to work with the NHMRC-funded Translational Australian Clinical Toxicology programme. His current aim is to establish methods for using internet search- and social media data for the monitoring and nowcasting of trends in drug interest, particularly novel substances and substances slipping under the radar of conventional regulation, such as Human Enhancement Drugs (HEDs).
The NDARC Seminar Series takes place every Thursday at 3.00pm. Members of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector and research community are welcome to attend.
2019 NDARC Seminar Series
Day and time: Every Thursday at 3.00pm
Location: Lecture Room 122, Building R1, 22 - 32 King St Randwick, NSW 2031
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