UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
Spring 2004,
Volume 26, Number 1

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Understanding Addictions

THE NEW UVIC-BASED CENTRE FOR ADDICTIONS RESEARCH OF BC opens this summer on the strength of a $10-million endowment from the BC Addictions Foundation.

UVic researchers will lead a province-wide effort to get a better understanding of alcohol and substance abuse prevention, especially among kids in their mid-teens.

Other areas of interest include gambling, the relationship between mental health and addictions, and fetal alcohol syndrome. The centre will also create a baseline of information on addictions and treatment programs.

Another object of the effort is to create more collaboration among BC universities in an area of health research that has tended to be fragmented.

The foundation selected UVic to lead the centre based on its track record in interdisciplinary and community-based research methods.

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