Thomas Kerr to accept CIHR Knowledge Translation Award tonight
TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network today
congratulated the president of its board of directors, Thomas Kerr, on being
awarded the CIHR Knowledge Translation Award by the Canadian Institutes of
The award recognizes an exceptional individual or team involved in a
health research project that advances and expands "knowledge translation."
Kerr's research evaluating Insite, the supervised injection facility in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, has contributed significantly to academic,
public and government discussions, both nationally and internationally, on the
subject of injection drug use and HIV/AIDS.
"Thomas turns groundbreaking research into evidence-based action," said
Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Legal Network. "His work,
dedication and leadership have benefited more people than he or we will ever
know. I hope this award will allow him and his colleagues to continue their
Kerr is currently a research scientist with the Vancouver-based British
Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and an assistant professor in the
Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Previously, Kerr sat on the Legal Network's board of directors from 2001
to 2003. From 2003 until the end of 2004, he was Director of Health Policy and
Research with the Legal Network. Since then, he has co-authored several
articles and served on the editorial board of the HIV/AIDS Policy & Law
Review, the Legal Network's flagship journal.
Kerr will receive his award at a ceremony tonight in Ottawa. Further
information is available on the CIHR website at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca) promotes the human
rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and
internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and
community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy
organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.
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