CICAD: Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID)

Research Capacity-Building Program


The International Research Capacity-Building Program for Health-Related Professionals to Study the Drug Phenomenon in Latin America and the Caribbean is part of CICAD’s strategy to strengthen scientific  research on drug issues, especially the prevention of drug use and abuse, in the region. This initiative is a collaboration among CICAD, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto and has funding from the Government of Canada. It has a decade-long history of encouraging research on drug issues in the region through selecting scholars, providing a summer residency in Toronto, and then carrying out an investigation.

The program builds on nearly 15 years of work with universities in Latin American and the Caribbean so that undergraduates and postgraduates receive the knowledge and skills to address the global drug problem as it affects their countries. The program has trained over 100 professionals from Latin America and The Caribbean, drawn from a variety of governmental, non-governmental, and academic institutions.


Call for candidates for 2016-2017 training.

The residency constitutes 424 hours of course work, including an opening intensive course on the English language, with emphasis on Canadian culture and values.

On completion of the residency, the participants return to their home country where they will carry out their field research and produce a technical report. Presentation of findings will be done through articles for publication in national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.



updated on 7/15/2016 4:29:19 PM