Contextualising opioid addiction through science and history.

Galia Rybitskaya

Art director and designer


Galia runs her design studio in North London. Her professional experience is in communication design specializing in concept & identity development for cultural and commercial sectors. She also maintains her own artist’s practice with focus on heuristic research and experimental communication.

She is presently focused on bringing evidence-based research from independent and academic sources to wider audiences through the 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)

MSc(Res) PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher


As a postdoctoral researcher at the National Addiction Centre of King’s College London, her primary research relates to opioid use and opioid-related morbidity and mortality through clinical research and experimental studies. 

Part of her work 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. This work has the potential to develop better monitoring techniques in detecting opioid overdose and respiratory depression earlier and more accurately in people who use opioids chronically.