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Scientific Advisory Council

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CCSA formed its Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) in 2007 to help keep abreast of scientific developments in the addictions field, to ensure that biomedical and neuroscience learnings are represented in CCSA’s work, and to connect key researchers and clinical experts in the field.

SAC helps CCSA create new partnerships and linkages with academic institutions, and offers an opportunity through its activities to influence policy and practice and to transform clinical and community programs. The council, which mee​ts twice a year, also provides an ongoing environmental scan of emerging trends in clinical treatment and research.

SAC’s recent work includes leadership to support new releas​es in CCSA’s Substance Abuse in Canada​ series.

SAC members​​​

Member Position Organization
​​​Dr. Franco ​VaccarinoChair, Scientific Advisory Council Pr​esident and Vice-Chancellor University of Guelph
Rita NotarandreaCo-Chair, Scien​tific Advisory Council Interim Chief Executive Of​ficer Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Dr. Tony George Professor of Psychiatry Medical Director, Complex Mental Illness Program Chief, Schizophrenia DivisionCentre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Michael Krausz Professor of Psychiatry​ Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, University of British Columbia
Dr. Marco LeytonProfessor of Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Dr. Sherry Stewart Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Community Health and EpidemiologyDepartment of Psychiatry and Psychology, Dalhousie University
Dr. Rachel Tyndale Section Head, Pharmacogenetics Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Psychiatry Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Zulfiquar (Zul) MeraliPresident/CEO & Scientific Director Professor of Medicine and Psychology Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa
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