INHSU’s Early-Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Special Interest Group brings together early and mid-career researchers from across the globe who are interested in the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs, harm reduction, human rights, hepatitis C, and other harms that can occur from drug use and prohibitionist drug policy.
The EMCR Special Interest Group meets regularly throughout the year to collaborate, share knowledge, and address challenges facing early-mid-career researchers.
Help shape the future of INHSU EMCR
If you are a researcher within 10 years of finishing your latest degree, or currently studying in a field related to the health or human rights of people who use drugs and would like to play an active part in shaping the future of the INHSU EMCR Special Interest Group, please join today.
How to join INHSU EMCR
INHSU Conversations Webinar: Is this the real(ist) method you should be using in your research?
Tuesday 12 September 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM GMT, free to attend
Join Dr. Binta Sultan, University College London, and Dr. Wendy Masterton, Stirling University, to learn about realist methods for infectious disease and substance use research. Realist methodology is based on the assumption that the same intervention will not work everywhere and for everyone. The focus is on “what works, for whom, under what circumstances and how”.
Dr. Sultan and Dr. Masterton will talk about two types of realist methods: realist synthesis and realist evaluation. These methods go beyond just describing what’s happening; they also help us understand why things happen the way they do. We’ll also hear real-life examples from their own research to show how realist methods have helped them uncover important insights.
Collaborative Research Opportunities
The INHSU EMCR Collaborative Research Opportunities are a chance to share your ideas and knowledge, network and collaborate with others towards a shared research goal. The aim is to generate ideas to address important current issues in the field of hepatitis and drugs research.
We have set four opportunities:
- OPPORTUNITY 1 – Community and research coordination
- OPPORTUNITY 2 – HCV care pathway design and implementation
- OPPORTUNITY 3 – HCV reinfection
- OPPORTUNITY 4 – Drug overdoses in the community
Previous INHSU EMCR activities
- INHSU EMCR held a virtual event called ‘Approaches to community-involved research as an early / mid-career researcher’. You can view the webinar and read the key takeaways here
- At the INHSU 2022 conference, INHSU EMCR led a session about increasing opportunities for getting your research published. Read the notes and watch the playback, here
- Throughout INHSU 2022, INHSU EMCR members hosted poster tours and held takeovers of the INHSU Twitter channel @inHepSU , disseminating valuable insights from the conference live to a global audience
- In collaboration with the Community Committee, INHSU EMCR hosted a networking event during the INHSU 2022 Community Day, providing a valuable opportunity for researchers and people with lived experience to meet, break down barriers, and discuss better ways to connect in the future
Research capsule summaries
Translating research into bitesize, understandable content that can be used for education, policy and advocacy, is a core skill for any researcher. INHSU will be working with the EMCR Special Interest Group to develop Research Capsule Summaries that enhance science communication skills.
INHSU has a hugely diverse and talented network. A new mentoring program will tap into this talent base and connect EMCRs with senior researchers, community members and other members of our network. The program will help foster career development and skills for mentor and mentee.
The INHSU EMCR Executive Committee
The INHSU EMCR Special Interest Group is led by an Executive Committee. Special Interest Group members can get involved in INHSU EMCR initiatives simply by participating, or by joining working groups to help organise specific activities. Contact [email protected] for more information and to join a working group, or put forward new ideas.
Adelina Artenie, Chair
MSc, PhD CIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Population Health Science
University of Bristol
Adelina is an epidemiologist and her research is focused on the prevention of hepatitis C, HIV and other drug-related harms. Currently, her work is focused on exploring strategies for measuring and reducing HCV and HIV transmission in different risk groups using epidemic modeling, evidence synthesis and longitudinal methods.
Brendan Harney, Vice-Chair
MPH, PhD Student & Research Assistant
Burnet Institute & Monash University
Brendan is a final year PhD student at Burnet Institute and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His work to date has focused predominantly on hepatitis C elimination among gay and bisexual men and people who inject drugs.
Clinician and Researcher
University of Pretoria
Urvisha is a specialist Family Physician with the University of Pretoria. She is the clinical head of the Community Oriented Substance Use Programme (COSUP) in Tshwane, Pretoria and is responsible for the clinical oversight in COSUP including strengthening access to healthcare services for displaced people through street medicine initiatives.
Senior Research Associate, Therapeutics and Vaccines Research Program
Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
Brendan completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute and was awarded Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC) post-doctorate fellowship which he undertook at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre before moving to Brown University School of Public Health. Brendan’s research focus is on novel therapeutics and models of care for treatment of infectious disease.
Kennedy Kipkoech Mutai
University of Cape Town and University of Bristol
Kennedy is a final year cotutelle (dual) PhD student at UCT and UoB. His research interest focuses on the use of epidemiological methods, statistical and mathematical modelling approaches to understand transmission dynamics and control of infectious diseases. In particular, the evaluation of the impact of programme interventions on HIV and viral Hepatitis.
Addiction Research Center Alternative Georgia
Tamar is a researcher and holds a master’s degree in Addiction studies. She has extensive experience working with PWUD, including women. Tamar coordinates the service, aiming to distribute drug-checking kits via Syringe Vending Machines among PWUD. She is also an assistant in the project which aims to strengthen the person-centered integrated care system in Georgia. She is a member of Georgian Addictologist Association.
Global Fund Project Manager, Global Health Focus, Research Assistant
Youth RISE International
Isaac has a professional and academic background in Public Health and extensive experience in drug policy reform advocacy and contextual harm reduction in the African setting. He has a commitment to bringing justice to health and providing equitable access to healthcare for marginalized and vulnerable populations, including people who use drugs, refugees, and young people.
Program Director, Clinical Epidemiological Research, M.S. Student, Sociology
University of Montreal
Aïssata designs and builds programs, manages research projects, and stewards implementation and knowledge translation. Recent highlights of her work include impactful COVID-19 initiatives for OAT, the OPTIMA and M2HepPrEP trials. She is completing a graduate degree (M.Sc) in Sociology at the University of Montreal.
Burnet Institute and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Shelley is a social science researcher. Her work is focused on the health and wellbeing needs of people who use and inject drugs, people with hepatitis C, and people involved in the criminal justice system. Shelley is passionate about human rights and social justice issues and giving voice to marginalised populations, to ensure they have a say in the solutions designed to address their needs.
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