Addiction Research Centres and the Nurturing of Creativity. Substance abuse research in a modern health care centre: the case of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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  • Jürgen Rehm,

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. TU Dresden, Germany,
    4. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Norman Giesbrecht,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Louis Gliksman,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada,
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  • Kathryn Graham,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada,
    3. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, Australia,
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  • Anh D. Le,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Robert E. Mann,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Robin Room,

    1. School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia,
    2. AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, Australia
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  • Brian Rush,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Rachel F. Tyndale,

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
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  • Samantha Wells

    1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,
    3. and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
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Jürgen Rehm, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Room 2035, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2S1. E-mail: jtrehm@aol.com

ABSTRACT

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is one of the premier centres for research related to substance use and addiction. This research began more than 50 years ago with the Addiction Research Foundation (ARF), an organization that contributed significantly to knowledge about the aetiology, treatment and prevention of substance use, addiction and related harm. After the merger of the ARF with three other institutions in 1998, research on substance use continued, with an additional focus on comorbid substance use and other mental health disorders. In the present paper, we describe the structure of funding and organization and selected current foci of research. We argue for the continuation of this successful model of integrating basic, epidemiological, clinical, health service and prevention research under the roof of a health centre.

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