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Call for Abstracts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CCSA is pleased to announce the call for abstracts​ for CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019 conference. Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit abstracts that:​

  • Stimulate ideas and discussion;

  • Encourage active learning and collaboration; and​

  • Facilitates meaningful discussions and debates.

New This Year!

For CCSA's 2019 Issues of Substance, we are requesting presenters to consider sex and gender as part of their work to hel​​p create more useful and specific evidence, guidance and perspectives for different groups of Canadians.

As part of the abstract submissio​n, we are asking applicants to describe how their work has considered or could consider in future issues related to sex and gender. Meeting this requirement involves providing a brief summary (150 words or less) about how your project (i.e., research study, program, policy review, etc.) has considered sex and gender or could do so in the future.

Considering Sex and Gender for CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019 Conference​​ ​provides examples and resources to help you draft your summary. ​

Application Deadline​​

The final day to submit an abstract is Monday January 28, 2019. 

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Presentation Formats

You can submit an abstract for one of the following presentation formats:

  • Oral presentations (20 or 60 minutes)

  • Interactive learning workshops (90 minutes)

  • Posters

Please consult the call for abstracts​ document to see what is required in your abstract submission for each format.

Presentation Themes

Although we will consider all abstracts, we are looking for submissions that support the following subthemes:

  • Current trends, emerging issues and their implications

  • Determinants and consequences of substance use and addiction

  • Key individual factors and characteristics relevant to substance use and addiction (e.g., concurrent conditions, sex and gender, trauma, etc.)

  • Legal, social and community responses to substance use- and addiction-related harms

  • Truth and reconciliation and Indigenous approaches to healing

  • Considerations for at-risk and marginalized populations (e.g., youth, incarcerated persons, older adults, people who are homeless, new Canadians, LGBTQ2+, etc.)

  • Meaningful ways to address stigma

  • Innovative and novel approaches to service delivery (e.g., technology-assisted therapy, mobile apps, therapy animals, digital technology, etc.)​

  • Health promotion, prevention and early identification​

  • ​The continuum of care, including overdose prevention and management, and recovery, health and well-being

How to Submit Your Abstract

Abstracts should be 250 words or less in English or French and apply to one of the respective formats. They should include evidence-informed practices, emerging research and innovative knowledge exchange strategies.

You can submit your abstract through the CCSA abstract portal. ​Upon successful submission of your abstract, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from CCSA acknowledging your submission.

Additional information

Our Tips for Writing an Abstract​ will help you develop all the material you need to put together a solid abstract submission.

All information on the submission process, evaluation criteria and how to obtain presenter subsidies (if you qualify), can be found in the Call for Abstracts​​ document.

If you have any additional questions, please contact