Kanna Hayashi


Dr. Kanna Hayashi is the St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU.  She is also a research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use.

Hayashi’s research interests and expertise include epidemiology, community-based research, public health and human rights, substance use, and health services for drug-using populations. She currently leads the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), a US NIH-funded prospective cohort study of >1000 people who inject drugs in Vancouver. Since 2008, she has also led the Mitsampan Community Research Project, a serial cross-sectional mixed-methods study to investigate drug-related harm among people who inject drugs in Bangkok, Thailand.

Hayashi has won a number of prestigious academic awards, including the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.

For an up-to-date list of publications by Dr. Hayashi, please see PubMed.


University: Simon Fraser University
Faculty: Health Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor & St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research
Research locations: BC Centre on Substance Use