We get by with a little help from our friends
We here at the BCCDC Foundation have often mentioned in blog posts and other platforms that we are indebted to our Board of Directors. The same is true for our advisors. While they don’t have the voting rights and responsibilities of the regular board members, they have been, and continue to be, a valuable part of the Foundation.
In the earliest days of the Foundation, Dr Robert Brunham
was integral in establishing and developing the Foundation and has dedicated
his expertise and time to the organization. He has provided direction, advice
and invaluable support to the Board of Directors. Dr Brunham is head of the Vaccine Research
Laboratory at the UBC CDC. He is a world authority in Chlamydia research, and
is well known for his work on SARS and HIV.
Dr Jenn Gardy was also involved in the early days, helping
the Foundation find the direction it would take in funding projects that were
deemed a priority by the BC Centre for Disease Control and its researchers. During
her time at the BC CDC, she was a Senior Scientist and Associate Professor at
UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, as well as the Canada Research
Chair in Public Health Genomics. Her work in pioneering whole genome sequencing
of tuberculosis opened a new tools to understand pathogen transmission by
incorporating bioinformatics, math modeling, information visualization and
social sciences. Currently with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she
continues to keep in touch when we need her.
Additionally, we have always held an advisor position for
whomever is the head of the BC CDC. Currently the interim Executive Lead is Dr
David Patrick. He’s also the medical epidemiology lead for antimicrobial
resistance at the CDC and a professor in the UBC School of Population and
Public Health. An infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist with a
career-long interest in responding to emerging infectious diseases, he is also
keenly interested in reducing unnecessary antibiotic use in our communities.
Having the head of the CDC as an advisor to the Foundation is truly key to
ensuring that the Foundation is kept abreast of the CDC’s objectives and is
best positioned to collaborate in a meaningful way.
For more information on our Board and Advisors, please visit our Board page.