Welcome to the CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) Program!

This training program bridges clinical therapeutics, active surveillance, administrative datasets, research methods, health services and policy, pharmaceutical policy, meta-analysis, and knowledge translation to better understand choosing, using, and losing medications within the context of drug safety and effectiveness.

Effective solutions to challenging post-market medication issues are more likely to be generated when looking through a broad lens. Scientists trained in clinical programs require a broader understanding of how drugs are used in real world practice and policy once they take up their posts in academia, industry or government. New approaches in molecular pharmacology, nanotechnology, biomarkers, biotherapeutics, pharmacogenetics and other areas are rapidly changing the way drugs are discovered and used. As drugs become more expensive and more personalized, drug policy decision-making faces new and more difficult challenges. To address these challenges, there is an urgent need to train scientists who can generate research to inform better pharmaceutical treatments, practices and policies related to post-market drug safety and effectiveness.

The program offers opportunities for trainees across a broad spectrum of research areas to learn together and from each other as a key impetus for filling the critical void of skilled, knowledgeable researchers in the area of therapeutics.

DSECT was established through the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research program. The Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) assumed responsibility for funding DSECT on August 12, 2011 in recognition that one of DSEN’s mandated activities is to increase capacity in Canada to support drug safety and effectiveness research. In Fall 2015, DSEN announced its decision to continue funding DSECT through a Training Grant, which allows the further development of collaborations with the training and research activities of the DSEN funded research teams.