Drug Abuse

Melissa Woodward

My primary research interests involve the interaction between brain health and physical health for individuals impacted by mental health, substance use, and homelessness. My doctoral work focused on the impact of exercise and antipsychotic medication on neuroplasticity and symptom severity for individuals with schizophrenia using structural MRI in people with chronic schizophrenia, and early psychosis, and animal models. My postdoctoral work focuses on longitudinal brain imaging of individuals experiencing homelessness or precarious housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Sofia Bartlett

Dr. Sofia Bartlett is a postdoctoral research fellow in the clinical prevention services division at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She obtained her Doctorate degree (PhD) in Molecular Epidemiology at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her research focusses on improving the health of marginalised populations, such as people who inject drugs, people in prison, and people living with hepatitis C infection.