Director

Kate Shannon

Dr. Kate Shannon is the Director of GSHI at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and a Canada Research Chair in Global Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of British Columbia and Associate Faculty in the School of Population and Public Health. Dr. Shannon has over 10 years' experience leading work in social and structural inequities, sexual health research and policy, and HIV/AIDS in Canada, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. She is strongly committed to research that informs policy and practice towards reducing health inequities and advancing the human rights of affected populations. To this end, she continues to be committed to active engagement and collaboration with affected populations. She is the 2014 recipient of a BC AccolAIDS Award in Community/ Political/ Social Action benefiting communities affected by HIV.

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From 2000-2002, Dr. Shannon worked in global health research focused on evaluating the impact of reproductive health and maternal nutrition interventions among pregnant women in South Asia. Since 2003, she has partnered closely with a number of sex work, youth, and women’s organizations on research focused on the social and structural drivers of sexual health and HIV, violence, and access to care among marginalized populations in Canada and globally. Her research expertise spans social epidemiology, multi-methods, including qualitative and spatial research, policy evaluation, and community-based research approaches. Since 2008, Dr. Shannon has also collaborated with the TASO (The AIDS Support Organization) on research on gaps in HIV prevention and care for youth, women living with HIV, and sex workers in post-conflict Gulu, and previously with the Physicians for Human Rights on gender inequities, laws, and HIV in Swaziland and Botswana.

To date, her work has contributed to over 400 media interviews and informed expert evidence in BC and legal interventions in Ontario and Supreme Court of Canada together with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, as well as Missing Women’s Commission Inquiry. She currently sits on the International AIDS Society (IAS) Advisory Group for Key Affected Populations, International Association for Physicians in AIDS Care HIV treatment guidelines (women, sex workers), the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board, CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee, and previously served on the steering committee for the Canada Africa HIV Prevention Trials Network. She is also Associate Editor with the International Journal of Drug Policy and editorial board member of BMC International Health and Human Rights. Dr. Shannon regularly consults with WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP and UNFPA around HIV and human rights for key populations, namely sex workers and women living with HIV, including Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2014), and international guidelines on HIV/STI prevention, treatment and care among sex workers in LMIC settings (2012, 2013). She is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar/ Career Investigator and past recipient of the CIHR Peter Lougheed Award as the top-ranked New Investigator in Canada in 2010.

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