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Can we really predict who’s at risk for addiction? 

Newswise — Each year 47,000 Canadian die from substance abuse.[1] This shocking statistic is shedding light on an important issue: addiction. How do our brains function in a state of addiction? In what ways are our physical and mental health affected by addiction? Researchers are now finding ways to indicate who is at higher-risk for developing an addiction.

Two CIHR-funded researchers are available to share their knowledge and help answer your questions:

  • CIHR-funded expert Dr. Isabelle Boileau and PhD candidate Laura Best are available to talk about their research on understanding the relationship between alcohol addiction and the endogenous cannabinoid system. They are looking for brain-based indicators of individuals who are at higher risk for developing an alcohol addiction, or those who are at higher risk for a more severe alcohol addiction. 

 

To book an interview, please contact:

David Coulombe

Media Relations

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

613-941-4563

mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

 

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 [1] canadiancentreforaddictions.org/drug-related-deaths-in-canada/

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