Dr Nicola Metrebian
Senior Research Fellow
Nicola Metrebian is a Senior Research Fellow in the Addictions Department. She has worked in addiction research for over 15 years. She has a background in psychology and a PhD from Imperial College London School of Medicine. Her thesis examined the practice of prescribing heroin for opiate addiction in the UK. She joined the National Addiction Centre in 2005 having previously worked at Imperial College London. Her main areas of interest include pharmacological treatments for opiate dependence and drug treatment policy. She has undertaken clinical trials on injectable opiate treatment - the most recent being the Randomised Injectable Opiate Treatment Trial (RIOTT). She is currently coordinating a NIHR Programme Grant to develop a UK evidence base for Contingency Management in Addiction Treatment (CONMAN) and conducting a long term follow-up of patients in RIOTT.
Recent selected publications
Strang J, Metrebian N, Lintzeris N, Potts L, Carnwath T, Mayet S, et al (2010) Supervised injectable heroin or injectable methadone versus optimised oral methadone as treatment for chronic heroin addicts in England after persistent failure in orthodox treatment (RIOTT) : a randomised trial. Lancet 375: 1885-95
Miller P, Forzisi L, Lintzeris N, Zador D, Metrebian N, Strang J. (2009) Groin Injecting in Injectable Opioid Treatment Service Users in South London Addiction Research and Theory2009; 17(4):381-389.
Metrebian N., Sell L., Shanahan W., Carnwath T., Alcorn R., Ruben S., Mehdikhani M and Stimson GV. (2009) Prescribing Injectable Opiates in MacGregor S (Ed) Responding to Drugs Misuse: research and policy priorities in health and social care. Routledge (2009)
Weaver T, Goyder J, Hart J, Fehler J, Metrebian N & Crawford M. Care Co-ordination in Drug Treatment Services in MacGregor S (Ed) Responding to Drugs Misuse: research and policy priorities in health and social care. Routledge (2009)
Zador D, Lintzeris N, van der Waal R, Miller P, Metrebian N, Strang J.(2008) The fine line between harm reduction and harm production – development of a clinical policy on femoral (groin) injecting European Addiction Research Journal; 14; 213-218
Metrebian N, Mott J, Carnwath Z, Carnwath T & Stimson GV. (2007) Pathways into receiving a prescription for diamorphine (heroin) for the treatment of opiate dependence in the United Kingdom. European Addiction Research2007;13:144-147
Lintzeris N, Strang J, Metrebian N, Byford S, Hallam C, Lee S and RIOTT Group. (2006) Methodology for the Randomised Injecting Opioid Treatment Trial (RIOTT): evaluating injectable methadone and heroin treatment versus optimised oral methadone treatment in the UK. Harm Reduction Journal 2006, 3:28
Metrebian N, Carnwath Z, Mott J, Carnwath T & Stimson GV. (2006) Patients receiving a prescription for diamorphine (heroin) in the United Kingdom. Drug and Alcohol Review 2006, 25:115-121
N Metrebian, G V Stimson, W Shanahan, R Alcorn, L Sell, A Nunn, R Gabe, M Knapp, S Byford, D Epstein, S Thompson, M Medhikhani, D Harley, M Medjesi-Jones, G Campbell, T Carnwath, S Ruben (2005) 'Pilot UK-injectable methadone trial (pilot UK-INJECT)' Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 12, pp. 111-114.
Stimson GV & Metrebian N (2003) Prescribing heroin: what is the evidence? Joseph Rowntree Foundation Drug and Alcohol Research Programme. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Metrebian N, Carnwath T, Stimson GV and Soltz T (2002) Survey of doctors prescribing diamorphine (heroin) to opiate dependent drug users in the United Kingdom Addiction 2002; 97; 1155-1161
Fischer, B, Rehm J, Kirst M, Casas M, Hall W, Krausz M, Metrebian N, et al (2002) Heroin assisted treatment as a response to the public health problem of opiate dependence in established market economics – an overview, European Journal of Public Health 2002;12; 228-234
Metrebian Net al (2001) Prescribing drug of choice to opiate dependent drug users : a comparison of clients receiving heroin with those receiving injectable methadone at a West London drug clinic. Drug and Alcohol Review 2001; 20, 267-276.
Metrebian N and Stimson GV. (2000) Heroin prescribing in the UK: Lost opportunities for research? Addiction Research 2000; 8, 4: 305-310