UPEI receives more than $600,000 to study addictions

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Juergen Krause, director of UPEI's Centre for Health, Biotech Management Research.

Grant goes to Centre for Health, Biotech Management Research looking at cognitive behavioural therapy

The Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research at UPEI has been awarded more than $600,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study its online treatment program for addictions.

The program, called CBT4CBT, allows round-the-clock online access to cognitive behavioural therapy for addictions to complement traditional treatment, including counselling.

During its trials in P.E.I., it has been praised by patients and therapy personnel for its efficacy, cost savings and its accessibility to patients in rural areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"UPEI is proud to be a part of the project and we look forward to further development of this approach as it gains traction on P.E.I. and in rural communities across Canada," said Robert Gilmour, UPEI’s vice-president of research and graduate studies.

The project is a joint effort by Juergen Krause, director of the centre at UPEI, and Kathleen Carroll of Yale Medical School.

"The funds obtained will provide us the unique opportunity to be the entry portal for this new addictions treatment approach to Canada and to develop it in collaboration with our partners in PEI and New Brunswick," said Krause.

The Centre for Health and Biotech Management plans to expand CBT4CBT to more Canadian provinces and territories after more study.

Organizations: Centre for Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Yale Medical School

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • ron johnson
    March 13, 2016 - 23:54

    I agree with Peter

  • Peter Johnsson
    March 13, 2016 - 07:45

    I wonder if they'll study why post secondary educational institutions are addicted to money and yet their graduates still can't count change back from a buck?

    • Lori
      March 14, 2016 - 19:51

      I am originally from PEI but now living in Alberta. I want to say how extremely happy I am to hear of this project and the supporting funds to get very deep into education and new approaches in the area of addictions and treatment. I wanted to mention that an area of treatment that I was involved in recently is in the area of life trauma events. Rather than focusing on the "addiction" it was looking into life trauma, understanding it, working through it and healing. This was done daily along with supportive resources on addictions. Very positive results from this approach. Work hard, the situation is only getting worse!!