SALOME researcher honoured with UBC Distinguished Achievement Award

Oct 6, 2016 | News

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, the lead researcher in the ground-breaking SALOME trials conducted at Providence Health Care’s Crosstown Clinic, has received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research from the University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine. UBC Faculty of Medicine Dean Dr. Dermot Kelleher presented her with the award at a ceremony held on October 5.

The award recognizes her outstanding clinical or applied research and scholarly contributions.

Dr. Oviedo-Joekes accepting her honour on October 5, 2016.

Dr. Oviedo-Joekes, also a researcher in the SALOME predecessor study NAOMI, said the award acknowledges the work that the Faculty’s School of Population and Public Health has being doing for many years in partnership with Providence Health Care.

“The work of this partnership demonstrates that treatment with injectable opioids (diacetylmorphine, or medical heroin, and hydromorphone, a legal analgesic) in supervised settings keeps patients safe and provides daily comprehensive care,” said Dr. Oviedo-Joekes. “This treatment, unique in North America, offers an alternative way for those struggling with chronic heroin dependence to receive the care they need.”

The results of SALOME (Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness) were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry in April, 2016. The research showed that both drugs proved effective in treating chronic opioid dependence.

Dr. Oviedo-Jokes said the results offer those with severe opioid use disorder another treatment option.

She praised the Faculty of Medicine’s concern for the most vulnerable and underserved members of society who struggle with heroin dependence and its support of innovative evidence-based treatment approaches.

Dr. Oviedo-Joekes obtained her degree in clinical psychology at the University of Cordoba (Argentina), a PhD in social psychology and behavioural sciences methodology in Spain, and did post-doctoral studies at the Andalusian School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, a research scientist in the Centre for Health Outcomes and Evaluation Sciences (CHEOS), a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, and a CIHR New Investigator. 

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