Dr. Rod Knight is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC. He holds cross-appointments as an Associate Member in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, an Affiliate Faculty Member with the Centre for Gender, Sexual Health and Equity, and a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

Dr. Knight leads a program of research focusing on the impacts of drug- and sexual-related harms, including those that can arise from the sexualized use of substances. In his research, he uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify patterns, motives and contexts of substance use among a variety of key populations, including youth and sexual and gender minority people living in British Columbia and elsewhere. His program of research partners closely with several community-based organizations (e.g., Health Initiative for Men, YouthCO) to identify and adapt promising interventions to address both drug- and sexual-related harms. He also co-leads a program of research focusing on the expansion of Direct-Acting Antiviral treatments for HCV among people who use drugs in both Canada and France.

Dr. Knight is supported by a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He currently holds several major grants funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and collaborates on a variety of studies funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and France’s Agence nationale de recherches sur le sida et les hépatites (ANRS) and Sidaction. He is also a co-founder of CampOUT!, UBC’s annual retreat for sexual and gender minority.

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