Drug treatment and policy: Lessons from abroad

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Braydon Black, Science and Society co-editor The opioid crisis is having a devastating impact on individuals and communities across North America. The problem can be traced back to the late 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies began to market the drugs as a non-addictive treatment for chronic pain. Opioids became over-prescribed, leading to widespread use and overuse. […]

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Multidisciplinary collaboration helps researchers solve complex, real-world problems

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Harrison Brooks, New Science Communicator Newly minted doctor of virology Arinjay Banerjee has always been a gifted student. However, as happens with many graduate students, the way Banerjee thought about his research was flawed at its core. It wasn’t until 2014, when he came to the University of Saskatchewan that he realized it and changed. […]

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Lessons learned at the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018

Stefanie Novakowski, guest contributor From November 7 to 9, government researchers, policy-makers, academics, entrepreneurs, and science communicators met at the 10th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, ON. This was an opportunity to share and discuss the major challenges and successes in Canada’s science policy landscape. Highlights of the event included talks by the Honourable […]

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Building Indigenous relations in an Age of Reconciliation

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Sarah Boon, Science Borealis Core Team member On Saturday, November 17, Science Borealis co-hosted a workshop on Building Indigenous Relations in an Age of Reconciliation in Victoria, BC. The workshop was co-hosted with Vancouver’s Curiosity Collider and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), with in-kind support from the Hakai Institute. We spent the morning […]

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Canada’s ‘scientific integrity’ policy and its effects on transparency

Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics co-editor Scientific integrity has been a focus of the 2018 conversation around the intersection of science and policy. While research integrity has historically focused on the ethics of research design, scientific integrity in the Canadian context also aims to protect accountability after the research has been done. The Office of […]

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