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UBC scientist honored with BMJ's Junior Doctor of the Year Award
Date:3/11/2010

cognizes the important role that research and science can play in shaping society's response to the illicit drug problem and related concerns. I am humbled by this recognition and would like to thank the colleagues I am honored to work with, the fantastic team of graduate students I am fortunate to supervise, and the participants in our research, who give willingly of their time and experiences."

While Dr. Wood has made key contributions to HIV treatment guidelines, his research into HIV prevention strategies for injection drug users has received international recognition. Dr. Wood is one of the founding principal investigators of Vancouver's Insite, North America's only supervised injecting facility. His scientific and peer-reviewed evaluations of Insite have demonstrated that the program reduces overdose deaths, lowers HIV transmission rates, and increases uptake into addiction treatment.

"Dr. Wood's passion for medicine and public health is evident in all the work that he does and the challenges that he takes on," said Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, BC-CfE. "He has tackled controversial subjects such as drug addiction with scientific rigour, and has often taken unpopular but scientifically sound positions on hot-button issues."

"Dr. Wood has made an exceptional contribution to improving healthcare by using the scientific results of his peer-reviewed research to elevate addiction, drug policy and diseases such as HIV to public health issues rather than criminal justice issues," said Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the BMJ.

"Dr. Wood's work in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and on facilities such as Insite illustrates the benefits of pursuing innovative and evidence-based approaches to improving treatment for addiction and diseases such as HIV and AIDS," said John Hepburn, UBC Vice-President Research & International.

"UBC is proud to support dedicated and respected researchers such as Dr. Wood who advance
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Contact: Brian Lin
brian.lin@ubc.ca
604-822-2234
University of British Columbia
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