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Dr. Michael Krausz

Dr. Michael Krausz

Dr. Michael Krausz

UBC-PHC Leadership Chair for Addiction Research

Bottom Line Conference | February 24, 2015 | Vancouver

UBC-PHC Leadership Chair for Addiction Research

Dr. Krausz started his professional career as a registered nurse in adolescent psychiatry, working especially with young psychotic clients. After Medical School in Hamburg, the H.Böckler Foundation awarded him a doctoral young investigator award. He wrote his thesis on the long-term course of schizophrenia starting in adolescence. In 1985 he started his residency in Adult Psychiatry until 1991. He wrote his PhD on “Psychosis and Addiction,” evaluating the entanglement of severe mental illness and harmful use of psychotropic substances, which then became the major research focus of his further work.

He then became responsible for large studies about mental illness among intravenous drug users with over 1000 individuals and especially the German Heroin trial, the biggest randomized clinical trial in Addiction Research in Europe in this field. He showed that it is possible to improve the most difficult-to-treat clients with the appropriate intervention, and contributed to an important paradigm shift through clinical research. He founded and edited two scientific journals, which have had a major impact in this area: European Addiction Research and Suchttherapie.

After over 20 years in different positions in Germany he was selected as the first Providence BC Leadership Chair for Addiction Research in 2005.

He served on several Advisory Boards on international, national, provincial and municipal level in Germany and Canada, including the Senior Scientific Advisory Board from CCSA, the Research Advisory Council of the Michael Smith Foundation, the Kaiser foundation and as Co-Chair of the Collaboration for Change in Vancouver.

Between April 2009 and 2012 he was Medical Director of the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and the Regional Program for Complex Concurrent Disorders in VCH, building an innovative continuum of care for the most high-need clients in Mental Health and Addiction.

He is currently a member of the steering committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to develop an E-Mental Health strategy. He is currently the Principal Investigator of several projects using web and social media for mental health, e.g. “Walkalong,” a web platform for youth with mood challenges.

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