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The Urban Health Research Initiative unofficially began in 1996 with the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS). Since then, our research efforts have greatly expanded. We now oversee a network of studies that have been developed to help identify and understand the many factors that affect the health of urban populations today, with special emphasis on infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, substance use and addiction, access to health care and social services, the urban environment, homelessness, and policy that has a direct bearing on public health, well-being and safety. The ultimate goal of our research is to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our current research studies.