Kimberly Girling

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Research and Policy Director

Kimberly Girling started her career as a scientist, completing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia where she developed novel therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness. During her work in science, she learned that good science must move beyond the bench, linking evidence to effective policies and accessible products. To this end, Kimberly developed a passion for science policy, leading her to work on a number of initiatives relating to health and drug policy, including work with the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. In 2016,  Kimberly was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, a new program that connects PhD scientists with federal government science policy. During her time in government, she worked as a Science Policy Analyst with Defence Research and Development Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on a wide range of topics including ethics of emerging disruptive technologies and fundamental research funding.  For several years, Kimberly also served as the President of the Student Biotechnology Network, a BC-wide organization that helps students develop career paths in life science and biotechnology through education about career opportunities and connection with industry leaders.

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