Iraj Poureslami

Iraj is currently manager of Health Literacy, Chronic Lung and Smoking Cessation research in Respiratory Division of Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Iraj has more than 20 years of experience in faculty grant development, research administration and technical writing at Iran, the USA, and Canadian universities. Additionally, he has over 10 years of experience as an independent grant writer in Canada. Widely recognized for his expertise in health literacy, health promotion, and ethnicity/culture research areas, he has made over 100 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and published many article as first author. Iraj is a member of the Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy and WHO Early Childhood Development Knowledge Hub and is president of Canadian Multicultural Health Promotion Society, which also honored his with its Excellence Award. He has written many successful grants for these organizations and reviewed grants for different departments within university of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The overarching theme of Iraj’s research is addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations, with a special focus on multicultural and gender issues. Iraj has conducted research in Canada and internationally, where each informs the other. His aim is to apply international and local experiences to health issues in Canada. Iraj’s intention is to deepen his understanding of the socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health and how these are affected by traditional and behavioural forces, stimulate consideration of effective interventions and policies to support health improvements for vulnerable and at-risk populations, and then apply the insights gained in appropriately designed studies in Canada and abroad. The ultimate goal of his research in BC is to develop interventions to improve access to proper and quality care, especially with respect to the influence of culture and gender on health and health practice, which are considered to be key non-medical determinants of health, particularly for women and elderly. Applying tools that assess British Columbians’ health through participatory research with different ethnic community groups has formed the backbone of Iraj’s study, with a symbiotic relationship among national, international and local research programs.