Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling have been the types that traditionally plagued society.
In recent years, the proliferation of technology has led to the rise of addiction to the internet and computer gaming. Even the promotion of a healthy lifestyle has led some to become hooked on exercise.
But do all addictions operate by the same biological mechanism? And is addiction an individual's choice or a disease of the brain?
Researchers from Quebec are big winners in a contest organized by Genome Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) after having been awarded 60% of the federal funds granted during this Canada-wide competition aimed at selecting the best genomics and personalized health research projects.