HIV/AIDS scientist gets $1.5m US to study addiction in Vancouver and five other cities (Dan Werb, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A Canadian scientist has been awarded a $1.5-million-US research grant for a new five-year project to examine ways of preventing injection drug use and the spread of addiction.

Dan Werb, a research scientist at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is one of four inaugural recipients of the prestigious Avenir Award from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. The award is given to new scientists working on cutting-edge research studies involving substance use and HIV/AIDS.

Werb will use the funding for a project called PRIMER, Preventing Injecting by Modifying Existing Responses, which will test new ways of preventing injection drug addiction using harm reduction methods such as supervised injection sites and methadone maintenance therapy.

Cheryl Chan reports

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