In Canada, there is a pressing need for Clinician-Scientists with knowledge and skill in the field of addiction medicine to lead development and implementation of evidence-based prevention and treatment modalities for substance use disorders. In response, the interdisciplinary International Collaborative Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship was created in 2013 to develop the skills required for a career in addiction research. The Fellowship is a US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded research training fellowship offered in partnership with the BC Centre on Substance Use, St. Paul’s Hospital, and the University of British Columbia.
OVERVIEW & ELIGIBILITY ADDICTION RESEARCH IMMERSION TRAINING APPLY CURRENT & PAST FELLOWS
Training in longitudinal research includes:
- Didactic lectures that provide an introduction to research methods,
- Ethics teaching activities to prepare Fellows for navigating ethical challenges in addiction research,
- Monthly journal club meetings to critically review addiction medicine literature,
- Peer-review teaching, and
- Academic presentation skills development, which culminates in an opportunity to present at the annual BC Addiction Conference and Research Day at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Activities in these areas may include:
- Developing first-author articles, including original research, systematic reviews, commentaries, and case reports, and
- Teaching academic seminars.
- Each trainee is paired up with two mentors: an addiction medicine clinician-scientist mentor and a PhD scientist mentor, and
- These mentors will supervise scholarly activity and provide guidance in career development.
VIDUS is one of the world’s longest and most active studies of over 1,500 adults who use intravenous drugs. VIDUS has made a number of important contributions to the field of addiction research, including being the basis for the evaluation of North America’s first medically supervised safer injecting facility.
The ACCESS study follows a prospective cohort of HIV-positive people who use drugs (PWUD) to determine how social, economic, physical, policy, and individual factors impact the health and well-being of HIV-positive PWUD.
ARYS is one of the few studies globally to prospectively follow more than 800 street-involved, high-risk, drug-using youth to examine factors associated with initiation into drug use and a range of other related topics, from prescription opioid use to homelessness to experiences in foster care.
Detailed training opportunities are available in an array of innovative ethnographic, epidemiological, spatial, and qualitative research initiatives, including Geographic Information Systems and qualitative mapping.
We have a robust addiction clinical trials environment through the BC Centre on Substance Use and the BC node of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse. The Centre is also a participating site of the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. Our site provides a rich environment for learning about addiction medicine clinical trials through several interventional and randomized control trials that explore pharmacological approaches to substance use treatment.
With prior approval, Fellows may choose to substitute any one of the above research training experiences with an addiction research education experience with our collaborating US partners at Boston University or at the University of California San Diego.
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