Contextualising opioid addiction through science and history.

Galia Rybitskaya

Art director, designer, artist

Galia runs her own design studio in North London. Her professional experience is in communication design specialising in concept & identity development for sectors that range from art and culture, aviation, fashion, beauty, and education. She also maintains her own artist’s practice with focus on heuristic research and experimental communication. For her, design is a practice of collaborative enquiry and conversation that fosters clearer understanding of her clients and their work.

She is presently focused on bringing evidence-based research from independent and academic sources to wider audiences through public domain. More specifically, she is interested in working with research that directly addresses societal functioning, planetary well-being and the links between the human-constructed environment and the natural world.

She draws on years of experience in art, design, and communication to create visual and verbal narratives that explore the impacts of human activity upon its local and global surroundings.



Basak Tas MSc (Res)

Doctoral Student 


As a PhD student at the National Addiction Centre of King’s College London, her current research relates to risk factors for acute and fatal opioid overdose.  

Part of her PhD study involves examining heroin overdose directly through use of physiological and psychological measurements to uncover key questions that are commonly thought of as risk factors for overdose. Her work also involves the use of advanced physiological techniques to monitor respiratory function and neural respiratory drive which may provide accurate and earlier detection of acute respiratory depression in people who use opioids chronically.