Our Team

With expertise in injury epidemiology, health promotion and education, psychology, kinesiology, preventive medicine and public health, BCIRPU provides a breadth of knowledge and applied injury research, development and leadership to support government, health authorities, and injury prevention stakeholders.

  • Ian Pike, PhD
    Director

    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

    Ian Pike is the Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC, Associate Scientist at the Child and family Research Institute, and Co-executive Director and Spokesperson for The Community Against Preventable Injuries – an injury prevention social marketing organization. His academic training is in kinesiology, health promotion and injury prevention, with particular emphasis on population health and the workplace. He has some 30 years experience in injury prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion, and has worked in the private, not-for-profit and academic sectors. For his leadership and work in developing a province-wide health promotion and injury prevention program for the healthcare sector, he was recognized with an international award of excellence by the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

    Dr. Pike has been an invited speaker and expert participant at numerous health, wellness and injury prevention conferences and meetings. He is published in the academic and professional journals, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Injury Prevention. His current research, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), includes national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; and, child passenger safety. Most recently his team was awarded a 5-year CIHR grant of $2 million and named the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention in Canada.

  • Shelina Babul, PhD
    Associate Director / Sports Injury Specialist

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

    Dr. Shelina Babul has been with BCIRPU for the past 13 years and is involved in various injury prevention strategies and initiative, but primarily focuses on sport & recreational evidence-based research development, with a particular specialization in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)/Concussions and its recognition, treatment and prevention.

    Dr. Babul’s work includes:

    1. addressing critical gaps;
    2. identifying the need for quality and comprehensive injury data; and
    3. sport & recreation research and 4. the coordination of injury prevention efforts in the province.

    She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, UBC and an Investigator in the Child & Family Research Institute.

  • Mariana Brussoni, PhD
    Academic Scientist

    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

    In addition to her role as Academic Scientist at BCIRPU, Dr. Mariana Brussoni is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and Scholar at the Child and Family Research Institute. She holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award to investigate unintentional injuries with a special focus on vulnerable populations.

  • Fahra Rajabali, MSc Health Information Science
    Researcher

    Fahra has been a researcher with BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit since 2000. Primary duties within the unit are to carry out Information/Data analysis for specialized reports and different projects. Contact Fahra regarding the Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT), and collaboration with Interior Health and Vancouver Island Health.

  • Kate Turcotte, MSc Epidemiology
    Researcher

    Kate is the Unit liaison for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. Her role at the Unit encompasses grant and report writing, injury surveillance and evaluation, project co-ordination and conference planning. She currently works 4 days/wk (not Wednesdays) and otherwise strives to manage her home with one husband, two boys and a cat.

  • Jennifer Smith
    Research Coordinator

  • Megan Oakey
    Provincial Manager, PHSA – Injury and Falls Prevention

    Provincial Manager, Provincial Health Services Authority – Injury and Falls Prevention, Population and Public Health

    Megan has over 10 years experience working in injury prevention including falls prevention, road safety and sports injuries. Most recently, Megan has led the strategic development and implementation of regional injury prevention initiatives within Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Health and provided the regional leadership and project management for projects and clinical practice in the areas of Healthy Schools, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthy Weights.

  • Mhairi Nolan, RN
    CHIRPP Program Coordinator

    Mhairi is the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting & Prevention Program (CHIRPP) Coordinator. This is an injury surveillance program run by Health Canada tracking all injuries and poisonings seen in the Emergency Department of British Columbia Children’s Hospital. For any requests concerning injury statistics associated with children up to the age of 17 years, please contact Mhairi for a report.

  • Takuro Ishikawa, BA
    Research Assistant

    Tak Ishikawa has a BA Honours in Psychology, and is a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the cognitive and cultural determinants of injury risk, as well as their applications to behavioural risk factor modification. Tak is a Trainee at the Child and Family Research Institute, and a Highly Qualified Professional affiliated with AUTO21.

  • Dian L Leung, MEd
    Research Assistant

    On maternity leave until March 2017. Dian provides administrative and research support to the BCIRPU researchers and Director. She coordinates the 2012 Web Conference Series and is secretariat for the BC Injury Prevention Leadership and Action Network.

  • Samar Al-Hajj, PhD Candidate (SFU)
    Research Assistant

    Samar joined BCIRPU in 2010, she’s working on a joint UBC-SFU research project aimed at developing a Visual Analytics System Dashboard for Canadian Child and Youth Injury Prevention. The new Dashboard will facilitate the storage, display and dissemination of Canadian Child and Youth injury indicators, data and research.

  • Sami Kruse, MPH
    Researcher

    Sami Kruse joined the BCIRPU research team in 2009 after obtaining her Master’s in Public Health from the University of British Columbia. During her MPH, Sami worked as a part of a team developing an international tool for monitoring the implementation of child rights in early childhood. Sami’s current research focuses on injury prevention and health promotion of children and youth. In particular her interests include understanding the burden of injury, the role of parents in child injury prevention, and exploring the use of technology in child injury prevention strategies.