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Kora DeBeck, PhD, is a research scientist with UHRI, the principal investigator of the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS) and an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on informing and evaluating health and policy interventions to reduce health and social harms among people who use drugs, with a particular focus on the prevention of high-risk drug use, infectious diseases and other harms among street-involved youth. She has authored more than forty articles in many areas of urban health and addiction, including: injection initiation, addiction treatment, illicit drug policy, drug law enforcement, low-threshold income generation and emerging risks for HIV among people who inject drugs. Dr. DeBeck’s research is supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research / St. Paul's Hospital Foundation – Providence Health Care Career Scholar Award and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award.

Kanna Hayashi, PhD, is a research scientist with UHRI and a principal investigator of the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), an ongoing prospective cohort study of more than 1,000 adults who inject drugs in Vancouver to investigate the natural history of injection drug use. Her primary research interests and expertise include social epidemiology, community-based research, public health and human rights, drug addiction, and health services for drug-using populations. She also has extensive international research experience. Since 2008, she has led the Mitsampan Community Research Project, a serial cross-sectional mixed-methods study to investigate drug-using behaviour, healthcare access and other drug-related harm among people who inject drugs in Bangkok, Thailand. She has won several international and national awards, including the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award. She obtained a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2013, and two masters degrees in Public Health and International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, in 2009.

M-J Milloy, PhD, an infectious disease epidemiologist, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC, a research scientist with UHRI and the principal investigator of the AIDS Care Cohort to Evaluate access to Survival Services (ACCESS), an ongoing prospective cohort of approximately 1,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS who use illicit drugs. His research focuses on investigating HIV disease progression and suboptimal outcomes from highly-active antiretroviral therapy among members of vulnerable populations. During his nine years with UHRI, he has authored more than 60 articles on topics including: the impacts of homelessness and incarceration on HIV treatment outcomes; overdose and Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility; and the effects of cannabinoids on HIV disease. Dr. Milloy has won several awards of merit, including the 2011 Bisby Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Lindsey Richardson, DPhil, is a research scientist with UHRI and an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is a medical sociologist whose research with UHRI focuses on the determinants and consequences of employment, prohibited income generation and socio-economic marginalization among people who use drugs who are living with or at risk of acquiring HIV infection. Her mixed-methods research includes observational studies, structural intervention implementation and evaluation, and research on participation in addictions randomized controlled trials. Lindsey holds masters and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Oxford, where she was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar. She is currently supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award.

Will Small
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