Third edition of the Research Development Program

Call for proposals
We are pleased to announce the third edition of the Research Development Program.
Researchers, knowledge users, and other members of the CRISM Québec-Atlantic node are invited to submit a project proposal that prioritizes interventions with populations experiencing problematic use of opioids and other substances.

Categories of Admissible Research Activities
Applicants are invited to submit a concept sheet proposal to obtain financial support in order to:

  • Generate preliminary data or structuring activities (for example, inter-sectoral consultations, collection, or organization of data) related to the development of a new research protocol;
  • Develop a new research protocol for submission to a recognized granting agency;
  • Improve a research protocol that has already been submitted, well assessed but has not received the funding requested in the competition.

Please click here for more information on the Research Development Program.

To submit a proposal, please use the project proposal form.

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, before 9:00am (EST) at

A succesful symposium

Dear members and colleagues,

The organizing committee and Dr. Julie Bruneau would like to thank you for your participation in our symposium ” Regroupements de recherche en dépendances au Québec: convergences et synergies ” which was held on September 27, the first event in collaboration with the Institut Universitaire sur les Dépendances (IUD).

We would like to thank you for this wonderful day of exchange, sharing and understanding of the mandate and achievements of CRISM. We hope the event lived up to your expectations.

We would like to especially thank our speakers who responded to our invitation despite a very busy schedule. Thank you for their enthusiasm and their involvement. Without them, this conference could not have taken place:

  • Benedikt Fischer, PhD – Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Cynthia El Hage PhD – CRCHUM
  • Maykel Ghabrash, MD, MSc – CRCHUM
  • Jorge Flores-Aranda, PhD, MSc – Institut universitaire sur les dépendances (IUD) / Université de Sherbrooke
  • Kathy Tremblay – Institut Universitaire sur les dépendances (IUD)
  • Marie-Ève Goyer MD, MSc – Programme du Centre de recherche et d’aide pour narcomanes (CRAN)
  • Sherry Stewart, PhD – Dalhousie University
  • Tiberiu Mahu, candidat au PhD – Dalhousie University
  • Sylvanne Daniels, MSc, PhD – Réseau québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et les troubles associés (RQSHA)

Thanks also to Dr. Serge Brochu, Serge Maynard and the organizing committee of the IUD for this great experience, which marked the beginning of a collaborative dynamic between the two networks. We thank the CRCHUM, as well as their audiovisual and catering teams.

We hope to see you again soon for a new event. Keep following us and do not hesitate to support us!

Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)

Published in the June 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, the Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) is an evidence-based public health intervention tool by CRISM for informed reduction of behavioural risk factors associated with cannabis use. Although an initial version of the LRCUG was developed and published in 2011, the impending legalization of cannabis in Canada and the evolution of scientific evidence on cannabis use and outcomes call for a comprehensive update and revision of the original LRCUG’s recommendations. Led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, CRISM Ontario Node), the present version of the LRCUG is the result of a comprehensive scientific update and revision by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts. The LRCUG’s ten core recommendations are aimed at cannabis users in the Canadian context, and as such, constitutes an up-to-date evidence-based resource for governments, public health education and authorities, as well as other relevant organizations for implementation.

The LRCUG underwent a rigorous review and received authoritative national endorsements from six leading national medical, public health, and substance use organizations: Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (in principle) (CCMOH), Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

In an effort to effectively distribute, disseminate, and implement the LRCUG, knowledge translation (KT) materials are available through all CRISM’s four Nodes as well as other collaborators and partners for public use.

  1. A ‘Summary Brief’ version of the LRCUG (mainly for health professionals)
  2. A ‘Public Brochure’ version (mainly for cannabis users; available in both English and French)
  3. Infographic of the LRCUG Recommendations (mainly for media/online purposes; available in both English and French).

RQSHA/CRISM Quebec-Atlantic partnered funding competition

Winter/Spring 2018
The Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Related Disorders (RQSHA) and the CRISM Quebec-Atlantic Node, as part of a research and resources collaboration, are implementing an initiative to support and encourage research between their respective collaborators and members.
Researchers, knowledge users and other RQSHA and/or CRISM Quebec-Atlantic Node members having an affiliation with a Quebec research organization are invited to submit a project proposal that matches priorities common to both networks, namely the risks associated with substance use and suicide, or associated conditions, such as mood disorders). By contributing to the generation of new evidence in these fields, RQSHA and the Quebec-Atlantic Node wish to support their members in the development of research projects and activities aimed at improving prevention or treatment practices for people affected by this dual problem.

Node members based in the Atlantic provinces wishing to enter the competition are encouraged to associate with a Quebec research organization.

Please note that applications must be submitted in French. The application deadline is Sunday, April 15, 2018 at midnight (00:00) EST.

To submit a research proposal, fill out the application form and sent it to both Ms. Sylvanne DanielsAND Ms. Aïssata Sako to the following e-mail addresses:

Call for presentations – Addiction Summit 2018

Addiction Summit 2018: November 1 – 2, 2018 in Montréal

Call for presentations
Administrators, addiction workers, and researchers are invited to submit proposals for twenty (20) minutes (max) presentation. Proposals may be for individuals or up three presenters.
Presentations on the following topics are being accepted:

  • The various components of the continuum of services (such as prevention, harm reduction, treatment, social rehabilitation/reintegration, etc.)
  • The different demographics afflicted with addiction: young people, adults, elderly, networks
  • Other disorders and issues associated with addiction: comorbidities, gambling, opioids, overdoses, internet addiction, etc.

To submit a proposal, please provide the title of your presentation, the name of the presenters(s) / authors, contact information, and a 200 word summary. For more information and to submit your proposal, please contact

Please see the attached document for more information (in French only).

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 4:00 PM EST