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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, Advanced Post Doctoral Fellow, Project Scientist Linked In
Dr. Saima Malik, Ph.D, Research Coordinator
Medical Fellows
Dr. Dina Lagzdins MD 
Dr. Zhila Fazeli MD
Post-Doctoral Fellows
Aliou Gueye Ph.D
Pamela Sabioni Ph.D
Alexandra Soliman Ph.D
Research Nurse
Kathy Hannay, BScN, R.N.
Research Assistant
Hao Chun Li
Graduate Students
Abhiram Pushparaj, Ph.D Candidate
Genane Loheswaran, Ph.D Candidate
Marie Gendy, Ph.D Candidate Linked In
Christina Pan, M.Sc. Candidate
Aaron Kim, M.Sc. Candidate
Undergraduate Research Trainees
Megan Saliani
Mary Trisha Miciano
Annabel Fan
Chidera Chukwueke
Alexandra Panicucci
Rafsan Ahmed
Martin Musiol
Practicum Students
Ingrid Durenberger
Akash Patel
Shawna Lu
* This staff list is up to date as of November 11th 2014 

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