Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

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Getting alcohol policy back on track

CISUR's Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) project reveals worsening alcohol policy grades across Canada and proposes detailed steps to make them better.

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Gagnon wins 2022 REACH Award

Dr. Marilou Gagnon wins Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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CISUR welcomes new Canada Research Chair

CISUR scientist and PHSP associate professor Dr. Jaime Arredondo is the new Canada Research Chair in Substance Use and Health Policy Research.

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Benoit wins Canada Council award

Cecilia Benoit wins prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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BC legal cannabis market growing briskly

Regulated cannabis market in BC doubled between 2019 and 2020; products getting cheaper and more potent.

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New alcohol warning label research published

Real-world CISUR co-led studies show alcohol warning labels reduce sales, change minds.

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Building knowledge for societal change

The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), formerly CARBC, is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in Canada and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. In 2021, CISUR was named the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Alcohol and Public Health Policy ResearchRead more about CISUR.


Latest CISUR Bulletin


CISUR Bulletin #21: Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Youth, By Youth (PDF)

Drinking & COVID-19


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