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Cody Callon
Caitlin JohnstonMichaela MontanerLianping Ti
Tricia CollinghamSteve KainEmily-Anne Paul Peter Vann
Danya FastDaniel Miles Kane Lindsey RichardsonDan Werb
Deborah GrahamAndrea KrüsiCarmen Rock
Scott HadlandRyan McNeil
Will SmallFront Line Staff
Kanna Hayashi M-J MilloyLianlian Ti
 

Cody Callon, BA, is the coordinator of community-based research at UHRI. He has worked for UHRI since 2004, performing front-line data collection for the VIDUS, ACCESS, and ARYS cohorts. Cody is also working on a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of British Columbia, and his research areas of interest include structural and environmental determinants of health, grassroots community development, and popular education. His current work is focused on the development of a community-based public education strategy focused on HIV and hepatitis C testing, treatment, and disease monitoring among people who inject drugs.

Tricia Collingham, BSc, is the program coordinator for the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI). Supporting the initiative with all aspects of program management administration, she is responsible for ensuring its smooth operation by attending to a variety of administrative and logistical details, and providing support to the Directors, as well as program and support staff. Tricia holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Western Ontario.

Danya Fast, MA, is a UHRI ethnographer whose work focuses on the social factors that influence youth initiation into street life and transitions in drug use. Danya's master's thesis dealt with health issues of young men living and working on the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Previously, Danya worked with the Canadian International Development Agency on an education development project in southern Vietnam. Danya is also the executive director of Urban Project, an organization which promotes employment, education and safer living opportunities for disadvantaged urban youth around the world.

Deborah Graham, LLB, has held the position of research coordinator with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS since 2005. After completing degrees in philosophy and law at the University of British Columbia, Deborah worked in the Faculty of Law at UBC as a research analyst. She is also an experienced technical writer, editor, and consultant. Deborah oversees the administrative functioning of UHRI and, among other things, manages grants and budgeting, ethical approval of research studies, journal submissions, and website content.

Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, a research assistant with UHRI, holds an MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where his studies focused on epidemiology, biostatistics, and child and adolescent health. He is Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, affiliated with Harvard University and Boston University, respectively. He has been appointed Chief Resident for the academic year 2012-13. His clinical and research interests focus on adolescent health, particularly with regard to risk behaviours among marginalized youth populations.

Kanna Hayashi, MIA, MPH, is UHRI’s project coordinator for the Mitsampan Community Research Project (Bangkok, Thailand) and a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) at the University of British Columbia. After working for the Japanese embassy in Vienna and for the Secretariat for the 7th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Kanna completed double masters degrees in International Affairs and Public Health at Columbia University in New York City. Kanna has also worked with UNAIDS in Thailand and Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS/Global Business Coalition in Russia. The topic of Kanna’s research is “Drug law enforcement and public health: Experiences of people who inject drugs in Thailand.”

Caitlin Johnston, MSc-PPH, has been involved with the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS) since it began. More recently, she has worked on VIDUS II, ACCESS, and the Scientific Evaluation of Supervised Injecting (SEOSI). As a UHRI research coordinator, Caitlin oversees all front-line staff, coordinates front-line activities, liaises with the community and the principal investigators, and contributes to ongoing study design and development. Her independent research activities have focused on the HIV risk environment of hard-to-reach, indoor commercial sex workers in Vancouver. Caitlin also supports two youth organizations who provide HIV education through theatre: Projecto Payaso in Guatemala and U-Tena in Kenya.

Steve Kain, RN, has been a registered nurse for 15 years. He began work for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS on the VIDUS project in 1997 and is currently the nursing coordinator for the VIDUS, ACCESS and ARYS studies. Steve has also been involved in many other research and clinical programs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, including the Maximally Assisted Therapy program, the NAOMI project, Insite and SEOSI.

Daniel Miles Kane is a data officer with UHRI and has been working with UHRI investigators on research projects since 1999. Daniel has extensive experience in collecting, coding, and linking data obtained for large epidemiological studies. He has contributed to several special data collection efforts for UHRI, including the collection of detailed information from the Provincial Coroner’s Office on all overdose deaths occurring in the province of British Columbia from 2001-2006. He has also worked on several community-based research projects and has been involved in training and overseeing peer research teams working on UHRI projects. Daniel also assists with the linking of UHRI survey data to several external administrative databases.

Andrea Krüsi, MSc, PPH, is a member of the qualitative UHRI research team. She conducts in-depth, semi-structured interviews with health service providers and people who inject drugs, analyses textual data, and prepares research reports. Andrea recently completed a master's degree in population and public health at Simon Fraser University, where she was awarded the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal for Academic Excellence. Andrea’s research interests focus on the perspectives of persons with substance use issues on access and quality of health care and social services.

Ryan McNeil, MPhil, is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia and qualitative health researcher at UHRI. He completed a master’s degree in Policy Studies at the University of New Brunswick and has worked as a researcher in a variety of community health settings. Ryan's previous work explored the delivery of palliative care services to people who are homeless, with a focus on those who use drugs. His current project explores the social, structural and spatial factors that shape access to health care services, and in particular harm reduction programs, for people who use drugs in Vancouver. Ryan is supported by a University of British Columbia Four-Year Fellowship and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral award.

M-J Milloy, PhD, is the research coordinator of ACCESS, an ongoing prospective cohort of HIV-positive individuals who use illicit drugs, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. As ACCESS Coordinator, M-J is involved with the development of analyses using ACCESS data, as well as the operation of the cohort. His research focuses on identifying the social and structural factors associated with HIV disease progression and suboptimal HAART outcomes among drug users. During his five years with UHRI, he has authored more than a dozen articles on topics including incarceration and the risk of HIV infection, patterns of fatal overdose, and the effects of Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility. His post-doctoral training is supported by awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Michaela Montaner, BA, is a Research Assistant with UHRI and a master’s student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia. She is responsible for coordinating and evaluating UHRI communications efforts promoting evidence-based illicit drug policy nationally and internationally. Michaela’s research interests focus around the impacts of health communications and knowledge translation in the contexts of print and social media and health policy development. Her current research focuses on the portrayal of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection facility, in the mainstream media over the last decade.

Emily-Anne Paul, MA, is a project assistant with UHRI and assists with the implementation of knowledge translation and research dissemination efforts for various illicit drug policy projects. 

Lindsey Richardson, DPhil, is a post-doctoral research fellow at UHRI and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Lindsey’s quantitative and qualitative research focuses on socio-economic and structural influences on risk behaviour, health outcomes, and vulnerability among marginalized populations. Her work emphasizes the role of employment, income generation and socio-economic conditions in the prevalence and experience of drug- and HIV-related harm, access to social and health services and burden of disease. She is also currently exploring the role of social and structural interventions in mitigating HIV- and drug use-related health risks. Lindsey holds master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Oxford, where she was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar. Her postdoctoral training is supported by an award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Carmen Rock, BA, is an administrative assistant at UHRI. After completing a degree in political science at Simon Fraser University, Carmen worked as a research assistant at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Carmen assists with UHRI’s day-to-day operations and provides administrative assistance to Dr. Evan Wood. 

Will Small, PhD, coordinates the UHRI qualitative research program and the UHRI community-based research study undertaken in partnership with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). He has used his expertise in the social sciences to promote an ecological perspective on public health issues by identifying the influence of social and structural factors, including law and policy, in shaping health inequalities and HIV risks among injection drug users. His work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Lianlian Ti, BA, is the knowledge translation program assistant for the Urban Health Research Initiative. Lianlian joined UHRI after completing a degree in Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her responsibilities include preparation of plain language research summaries and reports, assistance with community presentations, and general support in other communication and research needs.

Lianping Ti, MPH, is a recent master of public health graduate from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She discovered an interest working in urban health after spending a summer as a drug demand reduction intern at UNODC in Thailand. Lianping is currently working as assistant project manager with UHRI on the Mitsampan Community Research Project in Bangkok, Thailand. Her research interests include the use of community-based approaches to inform policies and practices, as well as improving access to health and harm reduction services among people who use drugs through peer-based methods. 

Peter Vann, BA, has been with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS since 1998. His administrative duties have included the preparation of grants, manuscripts, conference presentations, reports, questionnaires, forms, websites, lectures and information tables for community and scientific events. In 2009 Peter joined the UHRI team as a research coordinator.

Dan Werb, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow with UHRI and the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the research coordinator for the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. His current research focuses on transitions into and out of injection drug use, illicit drug markets, and the effect of drug law enforcement on public health. He is a former research fellow at the Senlis Council, a European drug policy lobby group, and has worked as a journalist reporting on drug policy and public health. His postdoctoral research is supported by the Trudeau Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Front-Line Staff: The foundation of the Urban Health Research Initiative is the work conducted by the many dedicated nurses, interviewers, data entry clerks, transcriptionists and others who are responsible for gathering the data on which UHRI research findings are based.