My professional goals are two fold. Firstly, I am committed to building the Global and Indigenous Health stream, which I co-chair at the School of Population and Public Health with colleagues Drs. Nadine Caron and Shannon Waters. By extension this connects the work done in the stream at the School of Population and Public Health to the overall Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Group within the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. My second goal is tied to my work in Northern Uganda. I am delighted that we finally received CIHR funds for our prospective HIV cohort in post conflict Northern Uganda; I’ve been working in the north since 1998 and feel that I am finally giving back a small portion of what I have gained with my Ugandan colleagues. Recently an MOU was signed between the Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda and UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Currently two of my PhD students are being mentored by faculty at Makerere and I would like to build on this partnership and encourage further student exchange between the two institutions.
1) Craib KJP, Spittal P.M., Patel SH, Christian WM, Moniruzzaman A, Pearce ME, Demerais L, Sherlock C, & Schechter MT; Cedar Project Partnership. Prevalence and incidence of hepatitis C virus infection among Aboriginal young people who use drugs: results from the Cedar Project. Open Medicine 2009; 3(4):e220-e227.
2) Christian, W.M., Spittal P.M. The Cedar Project: Acknowledging the Pain of our Children, Lancet 2008, 372(9644): 1132-3.
3) Pearce ME, Christian WM, Patterson K., Spittal P.M. for the Cedar Project Partnership. The Cedar Project: Historical trauma, Sexual abuse and HIV risk among Aboriginal young people who use injection and non injection drugs in two Canadian cities. Social Science & Medicine. 66 (2008), 2185-2194
4)Spittal P.M., Craib KJP, Teegee M, Baylis C, Moniruzzaman A, & Schechter MT, For the Cedar Project Partnership. The Cedar Project: Prevalence and Correlates of HIV Infection among Young Aboriginal People who use Drugs in Two Canadian Cities. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2007 June; 66(3).