Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse: Events

Annual meetings

CRISM Network Executive Committee

These meetings allow the network to critically reflect on progress, achievements and impacts arising from the CRISM Network programs of research, capacity building and knowledge translation; facilitate discussion on the functioning, governance and administration of the Network Executive Committee, CRISM Network and Nodes; and provide a forum for knowledge exchange, critical debate and collaboration between nodes, active researchers, service providers, persons with lived experience and stakeholders about issues of common interest.

2015: May 29, Toronto
2016: February 23, Montreal
2017: February 28-March 1, Banff

Scientific Meetings of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network

2016: April 11-13, Gaithersburg, Maryland
2017: March 22-24, Bethesda, Maryland


November 13–15, 2017: Issues of Substance Conference 2017 : Addiction Matters
Calgary, Alberta

Issues of Substance (IOS) is Canada’s only national conference that brings together addiction workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers and knowledge brokers from across the country. This premier learning event provides an unparalleled opportunity to share new developments and best practices, and to get practical training related to prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery. IOS is also a forum for showcasing new research and knowledge mobilization efforts in the addiction field. The theme for IOS 2017 is Addiction Matters.

June 16–19, 2017: U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse International Forum
Montreal, Quebec 

CCSA is co-sponsoring the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum in 2017. The research symposium, poster session and network-building activities highlight the range of substance use research conducted around the world. Participants also have the opportunity to learn about NIDA fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations. This year's theme is marijuana and driving, and the three-day forum will feature presentations about the latest research into this global public-health challenge.

June 22, 2017: Knowledge Exchange Event: Exploring Legal and Policy Frameworks for Addiction and Problematic Substance Use
Toronto, Ontario

This event is being developed by CIHR in collaboration with Health Canada, the Department of Justice and Public Safety Canada. It will support the federal partners and invited stakeholders to build on the experiences of other jurisdictions and identify frameworks and strategies that make sense in the Canadian context.

Fall, 2017: Knowledge Exchange Event: Developing Strategies for the Implementation of Treatment Guidelines for the Problematic Use of Opioids

This event will be developed by CIHR in collaboration with Health Canada, and provincial and territorial partners. It will provide representatives from the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Health Ministries with an opportunity to develop strategies to prepare their health care systems for efficient and effective implementation of the upcoming national clinical management guidelines for opioid use disorder across Canada.


October 3–4, 2016: Best Brains Exchange on Cannabis and a National Drug Observatory
Ottawa, Ontario

Hosted by Health Canada, this event focused on data and information needs pertaining to marijuana legalization and facilitated discussions related to the potential for a Canadian National Drugs Observatory, an international best practices model for developing national-level drug data collection on key aspects of drug use and harms, accompanied by data analysis and dissemination of information.

October 18–19, 2016: National Research Agenda on the Health Impacts of Non-Medical Cannabis Use
Ottawa, Ontario

View full report: National Research Agenda on the Health Impacts of Non - Medical Cannabis Use [ PDF (520 KB) - external link ].

November 19, 2016: Opioid Summit
Ottawa, Ontario

Hosted by the Honourable Jane Philpott, federal Minister of Health, and the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and LongTerm Care, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) proudly signed the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis, joining over 40 other organizations in a coordinated effort to change the course of opioid use and harms in Canada. The two-day conference and summit concluded with commitments to bring about the immediate change that is required. A meeting summary (CCSA Commits to Key Role in Addressing Opioid Use in Canada [ PDF (326 KB) - external link ]) is available via the Canadian Centre on Substance Misuse.


May 28, 2015: Workshop
Toronto, Ontario

The workshop was a priority setting exercise was conducted and yielded 5 important themes for future research on substance use: pain management and opioids; evaluation of pharmacy monitoring; evaluation of prevention programs; development of prescribing standards; implementation science for treatments. Following this workshop, CIHR funded its first collaborative study involving the four nodes, focused on comparing models of care in the management of prescription opioid misuse.

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