Addiction Research Overview

Addiction is one of the most pervasive healthcare issues facing Canada today.

Despite our current challenges, there is good reason for informed optimism if we can expand research activity and connect research findings to patients receiving treatment and care.

HRI is finding solutions – supported by evidence – that will improve clinical practice and treatment outcomes. We connect leaders from across disciplines to discover new treatments, refine existing practices, and evaluate alternative approaches that will benefit all Canadians.

Dr. James MacKillop, HRI Senior Scientist, Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research at McMaster Univeristy, Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, and Director of the Michael E. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, is guiding the growth of HRI’s addiction research program.

Recognized as a leading addiction expert, Dr. MacKillop integrates perspectives from psychology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience and behavioural genetics to enhance our understanding of addiction. He works with other experts, clinicians, evaluators and trainees to advance science that will improve treatment for Canadians with addiction.

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