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From 2003-2009, the NEXUS Research Unit, based at the University of British Columbia and provincially funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), conducted leading, multidisciplinary research into the social contexts of health behaviour. Under the leadership of NEXUS co-directors Drs. Joan Bottorff, Joy Johnson, and Pamela Ratner, the unit operated with a mandate to critically analyze the social contexts that create barriers to health, affect health seeking, and influence system responses through the lenses of gender, diversity, and place. NEXUS closed in 2009 when provincial budget cuts resulted in the discontinuance of the MSFHR research unit infrastructure program which had funded NEXUS since its inception. In its short six-year lifetime NEXUS was exceptionally productive and successful, having developed internationally reputed programs of research in the areas of tobacco and substance use, youth sexual health, rural and remote health, heart health, women's and men's health, and cancer, and supported the research training of over 70 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

At the time of its closing, the investigators of NEXUS represented over a dozen disciplinary perspectives spanning the health and social sciences and humanities. In addition to the three co-directors, the unit was comprised of nine lead investigators, and 21 co-investigators representing a diverse group of researchers, policy and program experts, and health care service providers and clinicians.

The purpose of this archive is to preserve some of the key programming developed by NEXUS in this time as a resource both for investigators and students working in the field, and for researchers developing multidisciplinary health research infrastructure. This archive is by no means comprehensive; rather, it provides a sampling of materials related to the many research, training, and knowledge exchange activities undertaken by NEXUS.

A selection of NEXUS published works can also be viewed in PubMed.

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NEXUS lead investigators
Dr. Lynda Balneaves
Dr. Joan Bottorff
Dr. Jane Buxton
Dr. Lorraine Greaves
Dr. Joy Johnson
Dr. John Oliffe
Dr. Aleck Ostry
Dr. Ric M. Procyshyn
Dr. Pamela Ratner
Dr. Jean Shoveller
Dr. Judith Soon

NEXUS co-investigators
Dr. Annette Browne
Dr. Joyce Davison
Dr. Renee-Louise Franche
Dr. Paul Galdas
Dr. Carolyn Gotay
Ms. Sukhdev Grewal
Dr. Su-Er Guo
Dr. T. Gregory Hislop
Dr. Mieke Koehoorn
Ms. Martha Mackay
Ms. Mary McCullum
Dr. Erin Michalak
Dr. John Ogrodniczuk
Dr. Birgit Reime
Dr. Chris Richardson
Dr. Carole A. Robinson
Dr. Rick Sawatzky
Ms. Tracy Truant
Dr. Helen Ward
Dr. Sabrina Wong
Dr. Mary Lynn Young

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