Dr. Martin Schechter is a Professor in, and previously the Founding Director of, the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Martin received training in mathematics (PhD), medicine (MD) and epidemiology (MSc), and combines interests in clinical epidemiology and health services research with HIV and addiction research. He is a founder and former National Director (1993-2014) of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network, a national network of investigators and research facilities aimed at conducting trials of HIV therapies, preventions and vaccines. He was also a founder of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Centre of Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital. Martin now serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Martin is the author of more than 360 peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of approximately $96 million in competitive grants as Principal Investigator. He has been awarded the Order of British Columbia (1994), a tier I Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Population Health (2001-2022), the Science Council of British Columbia Gold Medal (2002), and Fellowship in both the Royal Society of Canada (2004) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2005).