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Knowledge Translation

The UHRI investigators and research staff are dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based decision-making regarding public health and drug policy in Canada. Recognizing that academic journals and conferences are inadequate venues for communicating with affected communities and policy makers, the UHRI research team is committed to developing robust knowledge translation strategies and partnerships. To improve the relevance of research questions and to facilitate the dissemination and application of research findings, the UHRI research team works on an ongoing basis with a range of stakeholders, including affected communities, policy makers, service providers, drug users, international partners and the media. Additional knowledge translation activities include converting research findings into accessible plain language summaries and reports, policy briefs, newsletters, posters and presentations which are individually tailored and delivered to policy makers, health authorities, affected communities and other relevant stakeholders. The UHRI research team is in the process of seeking additional funds to further implement its KT strategy.

UHRI Investigators in the Media: UHRI investigators see the media as an important venue for disseminating research to the public. UHRI investigators engage with the media on an ongoing basis and have participated in hundreds of media interviews.

Recognition: In 2007, principal investigator Dr. Thomas Kerr was the recipient of the University of British Columbia's inaugural President's Award for Public Education Through Media. This award is given to a UBC faculty member who has most demonstrated outstanding service to the university and the community by sharing research expertise via the news media. Also in 2007, Dr. Kerr received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's National/International Knowledge Translation Award, which honours and supports teams or organizations that make an outstanding contribution to the health of Canadians or to the health system through exemplary knowledge translation.