Congratulations to Dr. Herbert Chan!

Congratulations to C2E2's Dr. Herbert Chan for receiving this year's Research Excellence Staff Award (RESA). This competition acknowledges staff members with 10 or more years of service who have demonstrated research excellence through mentorship, building research culture and upholding the VCHRI values of integrity, accountability, collaboration, equity and community- and patient-focus. Each recipient will receive $15,000 of lab funding, as well as a personal honorarium for their dedicated work.

In 2011, Dr. Herbert Chan was the first member to join Dr. Jeff Brubacher’s research team — a key part of the VCHRI Emergency Medicine Research Program now known as the Road Safety and Public Health Research group. With his training as an epidemiologist, Dr. Chan contributed to the group’s first successful CIHR grant in 2011 — a $6 million funded project that studies drug-impaired driving and is currently running in 17 Canadian trauma centres. His scope of research includes traffic policy evaluation, complex pharmacoepidemiological studies, road trauma outcomes, active transportation and driving simulator research.

Dr. Chan directly supervises all research coordinators and has contributed significantly to the growth of the team. He also contributes to cultivating a workplace culture of respect, collaboration and encouragement by providing mentorship and support for the professional development of new team members, volunteers and students.

“The knowledge we gain from research will benefit the health of many people worldwide,” says Dr. Chan. “Seeing our findings being used in policy change is the most fulfilling part in our research work. Being a health researcher also provides me with a lifelong learning opportunity to be attuned to current and emerging public heath issues.”

Click here to see this year's recipients of the 2023 Research Excellence Staff Awards.  Congratulations to all the recipients!