Thomas Kerr, PhD
Division of AIDS
Thomas Kerr is a Research Scientist with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. In his role at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Thomas is a principal investigator of several large cohort studies involving people who inject drugs and individuals living with HIV/AIDS, including the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS). Thomas’ primary research interests are HIV/AIDS, injection drug use, health policy and service evaluation, and community-based research methods.
A key focus of Thomas’ work has been the scientific evaluation of Insite, North America’s first safer injecting facility, and his research in this area has contributed significantly to academic, public, and government discussion, both nationally and internationally. Thomas has published extensively in various medical and public health journals. Thomas has published 150 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has received local and national awards for his contribution to public health, including the National Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his efforts to promote scientific discussion in illicit drug policy. Thomas has also maintained a longstanding working partnership with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).