Dr. Evan Wood, director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS based at St. Paul’s Hospital and professor of Medicine, Division of AIDS at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded the 2013 Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award.
This award is presented annually by the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) to a research scientist at Providence Health Care (PHC) who has made significant contributions to advancing research in our community and addressing current issues afflicting today’s society. This award also highlights PHC’s mission and values by seeking a candidate who demonstrates quality service to our patient population through compassionate care, teaching and research.
Dr. Evan Wood leads an outstanding research program in addictions medicine research. In 2009, he founded the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), which brings together scientists, academics and health practitioners from around the world to improve the health of communities and individuals affected by drug use. He was also one of the principal investigators of Insite, Canada’s first supervised injection facility. Dr. Wood created and co-directs the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS that comprises a network of studies looking into the many factors affecting the health of urban populations.
More recently, Dr. Wood was named Canada Research Chair in Inner City Medicine by the Government of Canada for his efforts in improving the treatment of addiction-related diseases and bringing awareness to the harm that drug and alcohol addiction has on public health. This prestigious appointment is an opportunity to trans-form addiction treatment in British Columbia.
Dr. Wood’s commitment to addictions medicine research and to the treatment of individuals with drug and alcohol addiction has been recognized beyond the life sciences and research community, having recently been selected as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40. Additionally, in 2011, Dr. Wood helped St. Paul’s Hospital acquire a $3 million donation from Goldcorp Inc. towards a fellowship program to train physicians in addiction medicine. Dr. Wood’s colleagues described him as an outstanding teacher and mentor, who always shows genuine interest in his interactions with others. He has helped many young investigators find their place in the research community and has shed light on the importance of care for a population that is troubled by drug and alcohol addiction.
The Research and Mission Awards have recognized leading scientists at Providence for the past eight years. Dr. Wood has led an outstanding career in his field of research, contributing to a diverse research landscape here at Providence and he is a strong role model of the high-standard of research that Providence is committed to. Congratulations to Dr. Wood on his achievements.
The Research and Mission Award was presented at the annual PHCRI Research Day, an event that welcomed researchers, staff and coordinators at PHC to connect and learn about the latest research activity around our organization.
For more information about PHCRI and our research scientists, please visit www.providenceresearch.ca.