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Translational Addiction Research Lab

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The main goal of the Translational Addiction Research Lab (TARL) is to improve the treatment and understanding of addictive disorders. We have a particular interest at studying how addiction works in the brain in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies. For this, the research aims at linking discovery in basic science to clinical applications. The research is organized over several complementary directions including the evaluation of novel therapeutic strategies using preclinical models, brain imaging approaches to explore drug addiction process in humans, genetic studies and clinical studies.

Current Projects

We currently have ongoing studies into the following areas. Please click on the following to get more information:

Alcohol Research 
Cannabis Research
Gambling Research
Nicotine Research 

If you would like to participate in a study please use the CAMH Research Registry

Lab Head
Dr. Bernard Le Foll MD Ph.D CCFP CAMH

Dr. Jose Trigo, Ph.D, Project Scientist Linked In
Dr. Patricia DiCiano, Ph.D, Project Scientist Linked In
Dr. Saima Malik, Ph.D, Research Coordinator
Research Nurse
Emily Simpkin, BScN, R.N.​

The TARL team also includes many Graduate Students, Undergraduate Research Trainees, and Practicum Students.

* This staff list is up to date as of August 3rd 2017


If you are seeking treatment please refer to CAMH's Finding Help page.




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