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Dr. Seonaid Nolan
UBC, Clinician Scientist, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use Medical Director, Interdisciplinary Substance Use Program, Providence Health Care
Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Seonaid Nolan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Clinician Scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the current Physician Program Director for Providence Health Care’s Addiction Program. Dr. Nolan completed her internal medicine residency and fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Additionally, she completed a one-year clinical addiction medicine fellowship as part of the St. Paul’s Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship and two National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) sponsored addiction medicine research fellowships, including the International Collaborative Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship and the Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars program (jointly let by Boston and Yale University). Dr. Nolan currently provides clinical care for individuals with a substance use disorder at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) and, through the support of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the St. Paul’s Foundation, is the Principal Investigator for a hospital-based cohort study that seeks to improve health outcomes for patients with an underlying addiction at SPH. Beyond this, Dr. Nolan has helped to secure almost $9 million dollars in funding to support addiction research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and NIDA, is actively engaged in knowledge translation and has received several honours for academic, research and teaching activities including UBC’s Fay R. Dirks Award for Teaching Excellence and the Vincent Dole Award for research excellence.
What are your key research interests?
Dr. Nolan’s research is focused on the treatment of individuals with a substance use disorder. She is the Principal Investigator for a novel hospital-based cohort study that seeks to understand health outcomes for individuals with a substance use disorder during hospitalization and following discharge. Furthermore, Dr. Nolan is interested in ensuring equal access to evidence-based medications for incarcerated individuals and is developing an evaluation strategy for a Correctional Health Services pilot study of Community Transition Teams. Dr. Nolan is also a Principal Investigator on a novel hospital-based opioid stewardship program whose focus is to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing in the acute care setting, and a Co-Investigator on two randomized controlled trials evaluating the efficacy of two medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr. Nolan’s work has been recognized as being impactful, resulting in the Vincent P. Dole Award for Research Excellence and a research scholarship from the Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars Program, jointly led by Yale and Boston Universities.
What drew you to working with Transformative Health & Justice?
Dr. Nolan is interested in ensuring individuals in incarcerated settings have equal access to evidence-based medications and that these medications are continued during community re-integration following release from a correctional facility.
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British Columbia Cenre on Substance Use
The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use through the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and standards. With the support of the Province of BC, BCCSU aims to transform substance use policies and care by translating research into education and care guidance, thereby serving all British Columbians.