2018 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference

October 25, 2018 - October 27, 2018

All Day

900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W6

Crisis, Controversy and Change/La Crise, la Controverse et le Changement

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 30th annual Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific conference to be held in Vancouver, BC October 25 through 28, 2018.

Conference committee began planning shortly after our successful annual conference in Niagara Falls in 2017.  We have invited a broad array of plenary speakers and will be providing multiple symposia within four separate tracks as well as poster sessions and social events. 2018 will feature an all-day symposium on addictions for members of the Nursing Profession. The Fundamentals, CSAM’s day-long course of sequential presentations on screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders will be offered following the main course on October 28. This year’s theme, Crisis, Controversy and Change” speaks to the issues that will be we are currently facing and that will be explored at the conference. The conference will act as a venue for researchers, educators and clinicians from different disciplines to meet, present their research, exchange ideas and collaborate on future courses. The CSAM Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as well as awards recognizing the best posters. Additionally, this year CSAM will grant four bursaries to assist students whose abstracts are chosen for presentation within symposia.

The venue and broad array of scientific and social offerings will make this year’s scientific conference an outstanding event. We sincerely hope to see you there and have the opportunity to speak with you personally.

Paul W. Sobey MD and Jenn Brasch MD
Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2018 and past Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2017


Vancouver is world renowned for its scenery, multi-cultural environment, and culinary offerings. Feature sites including Stanley Park, historic Gastown, Granville Island and Botanical gardens make it one of North America’s most sought-after destinations.


Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, CA

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through this website, Hotel Reservations you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time and receive updated information about the event.

New for the 2018 Conference! Four Student Bursaries Available

The Canadian Society for Addiction Medicine is offering 4 (four) bursaries to students interested in the field of Addictions Medicine to attend the 2018 CSAM Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 25-28, 2018.  For more information CLICK HERE

CSAM Nursing Symposium

In partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, we are pleased to announce that the CSAM 2018 conference will feature an academic nursing symposium, aimed at engaging nurse researchers, educators, and clinicians. On Friday, October 26, 2018 nursing professionals will be invited to share academic research, participate in skills-building workshops and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about how to optimize health care service delivery to individuals with substance use disorders and their families. A detailed agenda will be posted in the coming weeks.

Nursing professionals are invited to submit academic abstracts for poster or oral presentation during the nursing symposium (please enter “nursing” in the Notes section during the submission process). One-day registration for the CSAM Nursing Symposium is available, for those unable to attend the full conference. To connect with the planning committee or for questions specific to the nursing symposium, please contact: csamconference@gmail.com

Download Nursing Symposium PDF

Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

People who inject drugs (PWID) represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C (HCV) infections. Clinicians working with PWID play an important role in reducing HCV-related morbidity and mortality through early diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of new, well-tolerated, short-course direct acting antiviral (DAA) HCV regimens with cure rates >95%, there is an opportunity to vastly improve the health outcomes of people living with HCV.

This course is designed for addiction medicine specialists, family physicians and other medical staff working with people who inject drugs. Through online learning and a face-to-face workshop, delivered by local experts, participants will gain the skills to confidently manage hepatitis C in their setting.  MORE INFORMATION

Sponsor Exhibit Invite

2018 Information & application form for exhibiting at the 2018 CSAM-SMCA Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in Vancouver BC Oct 25-27, 2018.

2018 Information and Application Form

Call for Abstracts (Deadline extended to June 1st at midnight)

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CSAM-SMCA invites you to submit an abstract for the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting October 25-27, 2018.  We welcome abstracts on all aspects of addictions.  This year, we intend to focus on opioid use disorder, cannabis–both medical and addiction, indigenous issues, and nursing & addiction care, however, we will consider abstracts about any aspect or type of addiction.  Our conference needs your contributions to ensure we can address the breadth and depth of addictions in Canada at our educational event!

This year we have moved to an online submission process.

  • You must be a member of CSAM to submit an abstract.  If you are not a member, please create a free account by clicking HERE
  • After creating it, you will automatically receive a confirmation by e-mail with your information.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation by e-mail or if you have any questions regarding the Abstract Submission, please contact admin@csam-smca.org
  • You will not be able to save a partially completed abstract, so please be prepared with all the necessary information before starting a submission.

We will accept abstracts for different types of presentations:

  • Oral presentation–a 15-20 minute presentation of a research paper, program, concept or other project,  these presentations will be grouped together into oral presentation sessions
  • Workshop–a 90-minute session focused on teaching a skill or discussing practice-related issues, such as setting up a new program.  Workshops will be offered for smaller audiences, and are expected to involve extensive audience participation through small group exercises, discussion, and other learning strategies
  • Symposium–a symposium involves the presentation of several paper presentations around a central theme, organized by a symposium coordinator, and 90-120minutes in duration.  The coordinator should submit the abstract, and in the notes, field list the titles and lead authors of the paper presentations to be included in the symposium.  The abstract for each paper presentation must be submitted by the deadline, and in the notes, field should state the name of the symposium that it is to be included in.  Missing paper presentation abstracts will not be considered after the deadline for submission, and will jeopardize acceptance of the symposium.  Please ensure the complete materials for the symposium are submitted.
  • Poster presentation–posters on research or other topics in addictions will be displayed at a Poster session.  Poster presenters will have an 8×4 poster board to display their poster.  Posters are to be set up on the morning of October 25th, with the poster session to be held over lunch hour that day.  Prizes will be awarded for the best poster by a student, and People’s Choice.  Oversize posters cannot be accommodated.
  • If you wish to give a presentation that does not fit into one of those categories, please contact csamconference@gmail.com with your ideas before submitting an abstract.


  • Authors may submit more than one abstract
  • We encourage students to submit abstracts.  If you are a student, please enter “student” in the Notes section
  • If you wish to give a presentation that does not fit into the above categories, contact csamconference@gmail.com
  • Abstracts submitted in French will be presented in French, however, no translation services are available
  • The text of the abstract must not exceed 300 words
  • All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM June 01, 2018. Late abstracts cannot be accepted

Additional Information:

  • The lead author will be notified of the status of their abstract by July 1, 2018, and must indicate their intention to present at the conference
  • The lead author will be informed of the date and time of their presentation by August 1, 2018
  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee
  • Disclosure Slide: a Disclosure slide will be required for each presentation.
  • Generic names for pharmaceutical products must be used.
  • Publication: CSAM-SMCA reserves the right to publish select conference abstracts in the CSAM-SMCA Canadian Journal of Addiction if the lead author consents
  • We cannot accept incomplete submissions or submissions in a pdf format

Conference Inquiries:   E-mail: csamconference@gmail.com

The venue is the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC

Registration Now Open

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Early to August 31, 2018. Superpass includes three-day conference and one-day Fundamentals course.

Refund Policy:
Cancellation by August 15 – refund minus 10%
Cancellations by Sept 29 – refund minus 25%
No cancellations accepted after Sept 30, 2018

Main Conference October 25 – October 27, 2018
Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $620 $720 $770
Associate $370 $445 $495
Student/Resident $170 $220 $270
Non Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $720 $820 $870
Associate $470 $545 $595
Student/Resident $175 $225 $275
One Day Registration $350 (any day of main conference)

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