Lecture about drugs: The story of Adam and Eve

01 maart 2023 19:00 – 21:00
Locatie: UHasselt, Campus Diepenbeek, Gebouw D, Agoralaan, Diepenbeek, België
Categorie: Jong

Language: The lecture will be in English.


Adam and Eve ... no, it's not about the birds and the bees. Or is it? It are code names for ecstasy (XTC) in the dance halls.

Professor Philippe Jorens (UZA, UAntwerpen), intensivist and pharmacologist, comes almost on a daily basis in contact with drug use at the clinic.  He takes us on a journey through the present, but also the history of drug use together with elements of geography, biological effects, botany .... Furthermore, there is also attention to the "chemistry" such as the production of amphetamines, the decomposition of cocaine into crack when heated in the presence of bicarbonate, using NaOH to make "liquid" ecstasy, or the miraculous crystal structure of many drugs ... all this is well covered. The whole lecture is peppered with historical facts. The wide range of available drugs (amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis, heroin and so many others) is inserted into an original look.

It is not only a story about the "pure" analysis, detection, production of structure-activity relationship and addiction ... but also (even if it seems contradictory) the interaction between chemistry and part of the medicine that is not always so well known ...


Location: UHasselt, Campus Diepenbeek, Building D. The lecture room will be announced later.

Members of KVCV are admitted for free, others pay €4.

Pay on-site, cash or preferentially by card (Maestro/Visa/Mastercard, also contactless).

After the lecture, you are invited to a reception.

Registration is mandatory. Register here.