University of British Columbia
Social & behavioural, Epidemiology, Substance misuse, Harm reduction

Urban Health Research Initiative
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
608-1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6

Assistant Professor
Division of AIDS, Dept. of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator

Dr. Kanna Hayashi, PhD is a research scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her primary research interests and expertise include social epidemiology, community-based research, public health and human rights, substance use, and health services for drug-using populations. She currently leads the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), a U.S. NIH-funded prospective cohort study of > 1000 people who inject drugs in Vancouver to investigate the natural history of injection drug use. She also has extensive international research experience. Since 2008, she has led the Mitsampan Community Research Project, a serial cross-sectional mixed-methods study to investigate drug-using behavior, healthcare access and other drug-related harm among people who inject drugs in Bangkok, Thailand. She has won several international and national awards, including the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award. She obtained PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2013, and two masters degrees in Public Health and International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 2009.  

Research interests:

HIV/AIDS, substance use, injection drug use, harm reduction, human rights, drug policy

Updated on July 2, 2015