News - May 2017

HRI Senior Scientist is Lead Editor of Influential Guide to Addiction Treatment

The volume and complexity of addiction research can be challenging for healthcare providers to navigate when determining best treatment practices for individuals with addictive disorders.

A new book, co-edited by HRI Senior Scientist and Peter Boris Chair in Addiction Research at McMaster University, James MacKillop, will help treatment professionals arrive at solutions more quickly.

Book cover - Integrating Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders

The book covers a comprehensive range of addictive disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, opioid, stimulant and cannabis addiction, as well as gambling disorder, dual diagnosis, and co-morbid psychopathology.

Preliminary reviews from the medical community have praised the book as an invaluable resource for a range of professionals, from early-career practitioners to seasoned experts. Medical experts anticipate that Integrating Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders will advance addiction treatment and empower primary care physicians to better support patients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Dr. MacKillop is the lead editor of the volume, which features chapters authored by leading experts from McMaster, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, Brown University, University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, University of Toronto and UCLA, among others.

Integrating Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders will be available July 4th and can be pre-ordered online from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Mental Health Community Comes Together for PTSD Research

On May 1, HRI kicked off Mental Health Week 2017 with an evening of music, comedy and community spirit at our first fundraising event in beautiful downtown Guelph.

Sharron Matthews performs

Sharron Matthews performs GIRL CRUSH

Guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind concert experience by musical comedienne, Sharron Matthews, whose award-winning cabaret, GIRL CRUSH, celebrates diversity, self-acceptance and the importance of supporting one another – a fitting theme for such an event. A pre-show Penny Social featured a variety of incredible prizes, and an auction held after the performance saw two lucky guests go home with travel adventures, generously donated by VIA Rail Canada and WestJet.

We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal. As a direct result of this support from our community, sponsors and donors, HRI is now able to recruit a Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Fellow, who will be dedicated specifically to trauma research.

HRI has initiated the development of several research projects related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and we look forward to sharing the details of these projects with you in a future newsletter.

We extend our sincere thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Homewood Health Centre, and to KPMG, Wes and Christine Gee, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, CIBC and Linamar, whose sponsorship made this event possible. We are also grateful to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Guelph Today, who provided media sponsorship for this event.

And finally, thanks to our community, our supporters and our followers. Because of you, HRI is leading an effort to advance care in mental health.

Sharron Matthews

Sharron Matthews had guests in stitches with her musical comedy, GIRL CRUSH

Guelph Honour Guard at fundraising event

Members of the Guelph Police Service Honour Guard were in attendance

Andy MacDonald

Andy MacDonald, General Manager of Emergency Services for the City of Guelph, discusses the impact of PTSD on first responders and their families

Dr. Roy Cameron

HRI Executive Director, Dr. Roy Cameron, discusses HRI’s unique approach to mental health and addiction research