Dr. Shannon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, is Director of the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In her role at BC-CfE, Dr. Shannon is currently principal investigator of a number of women, sexual health and HIV/STI research and evaluation projects, including An Evaluation of Sex Workers’ Health Access (AESHA).
Dr. Shannon’s prior work includes an evaluation of a national maternal nutrition and reproductive health initiative in Bangladesh. Her work on sex work and HIV prevention has contributed substantially to both local and global policy discussions, including UNAIDS HIV updates. Dr. Shannon is currently collaborating on a number of gender and HIV projects in India and sub-Saharan Africa, and she is co-investigator with the Canada-Africa HIV Prevention Trials (CAPT) Network. She also sits on the Women’s Health Research Network Oversight Committee, Sex Industry Safety Action Group, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Ontario HIV Treatment Network scientific review committees, and is a faculty mentor with IMPART, a CIHR strategic gender initiative.