CRISM National Leadership

At the national level, the CRISM is led by the Nominated Principal Investigator (NPI) from each of the 4 nodes. They are responsible for decision-making about the entire organization and for the scientific direction of the network.

Quebec-Maritimes NPI

Julie Bruneau


Ontario NPI

Benedikt Fischer


Prairie NPI

Cameron Wild


British Columbia NPI

Evan Wood


British Columbia Node: The Brisitsh Columbia addiction Network

Nominated Principal Investigator :
Evan Wood, MD, PhD
University of British Columbia

Brief description
The CRISM BC Node is an interdisciplinary expert network of over 100 members, including advocacy groups, policy makers, service providers, and research scientists. The BC Node researchers are affiliated with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University, among others. The group leading the BC CRISM Node has a long history of integrated research, education, and knowledge translation in addiction medicine, notably hosting North America’s largest addiction medicine training program. In addition, the BC Node collaborates with provincial health authorities and the BC Ministry of Health in translating scientific evidence to inform provincial health policy and to create clinical practice guidelines for substance use disorders. To ensure that research and project priorities align with lived experience of those affected by substance use disorders, the BC Node partners with community and advocacy groups, including the BC Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM), the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS), From Grief to Action (FGTA), and Moms United and Mandated to Save the Lives of Drug Users (mumsDU).


Ontario Node: (OCRINT)

Nominated Principal Investigator :
Benedikt Fischer, PhD
Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Brief description
The Ontario CRISM Node Team (OCRINT) comprises more than 30 members including investigators from universities and academic institutions across Ontario, community-based and intervention providers, system/policy representatives, and people with lived experience. OCRINT is located in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, which is Canada’s largest research and treatment hospital dedicated to mental health and substance use problems. The node is led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist at CAMH and Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science. The Ontario Node is composed of an interdisciplinary team of academic and systems/policy-based co-lead investigators.

Dr. Sarah Miles, Project Scientist (CAMH)
Tel: 416-353-8501 x30009

Prairie Node: Prairie CRISM Node

Prairie Node leadership
Nominated Principal Investigator :
Cameron Wild, PhD University of Alberta

Principal Investigators :
David Hodgins, PhD, R. Psych University of Calgary

Colleen Dell, PhD University of Saskatchewan

Brief description
Excellent researchers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are investigating substance misuse/addiction interventions delivered in the clinic, the community, and in academic research settings. Each province funds treatment and prevention of substance misuse/addiction and has developed strategic plans through their respective Ministries of Health and Regional Health Authorities. But to date, these assets have operated either in isolation, or as part of small provincial teams.

The CRISM Prairie Node already counts over 125 members, including investigators, system and program managers, policy makers, and consumer advocates, each of whom recognizes the need for enhanced regional collaboration to address substance misuse/addiction, and who have committed to participate in a Prairie regional CRISM Node.

Denise Adams, PhD; Prairie Node Manager
Tel: 780-492-0135
Fax: 780-492-0364