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Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research

What this Program does…

Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research (PBCAR) is a research centre that conducts innovative empirical research in addiction and its co-occurring mental health disorders. The Centre’s goal is to both push the boundaries of new knowledge about addiction and bridge the gap between science and practice.

The PBCAR is a joint collaboration between St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University and is the result of a transformative gift from Owen and Marta Boris in memory of their youngest son, Peter. The gift supported the creation of both a research centre dedicated to advancing the understanding of addiction and an endowed chair to direct the centre.

Click here to learn more about the partnership with McMaster University

How this Program helps...

The Peter Boris Centre conducts state-of-the-art research on the causes, consequences and treatment of addiction. This work is guided by four foundational values:

Innovation To develop and employ novel research strategies and methods to make significant contributions to the scientific understanding of addiction.

Translation To leverage basic behavioural science, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural genetics to improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction.

Collaboration To serve as a nexus for addiction research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster University, and the community at large.

Education To provide outstanding training to the next generation of addiction researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.

Your Team


Dr. James MacKillop, Director and Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research
Dr. Michael Amlung
Dr. Suzanne Archie
Dr. Jennifer Brasch
Dr. Joseph DeLeo
Mr. Mike DeVillaer
Dr. Catharine Munn
Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlin
Dr. Zena Samaan


Ms. Jane De Jesus
Mr. Jacob Jackson
Ms. Tashia Petker
Ms. Lana Vedelago


Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON  L8N 3K7
Telephone: 905-522-1155 Ext. 39009 


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