Dr. Jean-Paul Grund

Member of the Programme Committee.

Jean-Paul Grund, PhD, is a senior research Associate at the Addiction Research Centre (CVO) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he is the P.I. of a RCT study of a peer driven supportive care intervention among residentially housed homeless people.

For almost 30 years Mr. Grund worked at the crossroads of illicit drug use and HIV—in community organizing, outreach work, street ethnography, epidemiological and intervention research, as well as policy making and (international) program management.

He held research positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Connecticut and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Grund was the first Research Fellow in Residence at The Lindesmith Center, a New York based drug policy research center.

Between periods of research Mr. Grund worked in advocacy and (international) development as the founding Director of the International Harm Reduction Development program at the Open Society Institute and at UNAIDS.

As the Director of DV8 Research, Training and Development, Mr. Grund conducted several studies that called attention to neglected areas of service provision and research, e.g. among young and Roma drug users in Central and Eastern Europe. He furthermore consulted on drugs & HIV Prevention research and policy for WHO, UNAIDS, the World Bank, UNODC, UNICEF, national and municipal governments.

Mr. Grund's research interests include:

  • Recreational and problem use of psychoactive drugs, health and human rights
  • Prevention of infectious diseases and reduction of drug harm among drug users and other vulnerable populations, in particular in Central Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Community based approaches to local drug problems
  • Peer based interventions among vulnerable groups and community organizing
  • Sampling hidden populations, in particular Respondent Driven Sampling and internet applications
    (i-RDS) thereof

For his work in research and policy, Mr. Grund was awarded the 1999 International Rolleston Award for outstanding contributions in the field of harm reduction from the International Harm Reduction Association.