Thomas Kerr

Thomas Kerr, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Addcitiona Medicine

Dr. Thomas Kerr, PhD, is Senior Scientific Advisor and Senior Scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). Dr. Kerr is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of AIDS, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Kerr’s primary research interests involve illicit drug use, HIV/AIDS, health policy and service evaluation, and community-based research methods. His long history of involvement in healthcare issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside includes ground-breaking work on peer-driven interventions, needle exchanges, and supervised injecting. Dr. Kerr has worked closely with a number of drug user-led organizations, including the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, and the Thai Drug Users Network.

Dr. Kerr helps oversee several large cohort studies involving people who inject drugs and individuals living with HIV/AIDS, among these the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study. An important focus of Dr. Kerr’s work has been his oversight of the scientific evaluation of North Americas first medically supervised injecting facility—Insite—in Vancouver, BC. His research in this area has made significant contributions to academic, political, and public discussion, both nationally and internationally, and resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications focused on Insite, including those published in The Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the American Journal of Public Health. His publications in this area were cited extensively by the Supreme Court of Canada in their decision to allow Insite to continue operating.

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