A CIHR Training Program in bridging scientific domains for drug safety and effectiveness.

Welcome to the CIHR Drug Safety & 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.

As drugs become more expensive and more personalized, drug policy decision-making faces new and more difficult challenges. Effective solutions to challenging post-market medication issues are more likely to be generated when looking through a broad lens. 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.


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End of Program Message

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DSECT Alumni Recognition Award Winners

Recognizing successes of the program’s trainees and their continued work spanning the spectrum of drug discovery to drug use and […]

DSECT Alumni Recognition Award – Call For Applications

Recipients will be recognized as a DSECT Program Alumni Recognition Award recipient at the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics […]