Daniel Werb

Scholars
2012
Mentor(s): 
Study program:
Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego
Current affiliation:
University of California, San Diego
Localisation:

Daniel is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy.

Dan Werb, PhD, is an award-winning epidemiologist and journalist with expertise in HIV, addictions, and drug policy. Werb is a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, where he is investigating the impact of policing on addiction treatment access and HIV risk among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico. He is also the director of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. Werb has published dozens of studies on addictions, with a focus on preventing the transition of street youth into injection drug use. 

Thesis

Injection career trajectories among drug users in Vancouver, Canada

Daniel's doctoral research project sought to identify factors that predict the initiation and cessation of injection drug use. This work involved a comprehensive approach that considered the entire trajectory of an individual's injecting career, and focused on the role that sociodemographic, cognitive, and policy factors play in determining whether individuals such as street youth will initiate injection drug use, and for how long this behavior will continue. This research was conducted using a combination of observational epidemiologic methods, cognitive scale adaptation and validation, and systematic literature analysis. One critical component of this project was determining whether current interventions such as needle exchange programs affect the length of an individual's injecting career. As well, the project focused on identifying gaps in current policy approaches towards the prevention of injection drug use initiation.

Dan Werb, PhD, MSc, is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy. Currently, Dan is Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, where he is co-investigator on the El Cuete project, tasked with exploring the impact of policing policy on addiction treatment access among drug users in Tijuana, Mexico.

Additionally, Dan is co-founder of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP; www.icsdp.org), a recognized global leader in cutting edge policy research and communications. At the ICSDP, Dan is a sought after source of expertise on drug policy, and has appeared in media related to his work in every global hemisphere. He coordinates and manages all ICSDP research strategies and has worked on communications campaigns around such high profile projects such as the Vienna Declaration (www.viennadeclaration.com) and the Stop the Violence BC campaign (www.stoptheviolencebc.org).

Finally, as a researcher at the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Dan has published dozens of studies on issues related to health policy and addictions, with a focus on preventing the transition of street youth into injection drug use, as well as on identifying determinants of health among street-based drug-using populations. He has also published extensively on global drug policy and HIV policy.

Dan is a former research fellow at the Senlis Council (now ICOS group), a European drug policy lobby group, and conducts knowledge translation on drug policy and public health. Dan is a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow.