Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM)

The CIHR-Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction has launched phase I of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM).

Intervention for substance misuse is a pressing and complex health issue that requires evidence-based approaches, an understanding of the biological, psychosocial and social factors and an acknowledgement of the important impact of cultural and societal contexts in order to be truly effective. Many intervention modalities exist and are known to have excellent results, yet they have not been widely implemented.

CIHR-INMHA is thus developing CRISM, a national research consortium in substance misuse. This consortium will be unique for substance misuse research in Canada in that it will focus on translation and implementation and be cross-pillar in nature. CRISM is modeled after the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Clinical Trial Network.

CRISM will be jointly funded by the CIHR-INMHA and the funding it receives through the National Anti-Drug Strategy.

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