BCIRPU Directorship Announcement

After two decades as Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU), Dr. Ian Pike is stepping down, effective March 31, 2024. He will continue his role as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and his work at the BCIRPU.

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Pike had the privilege to lead a most dedicated and talented team of injury prevention investigators, trainees and students. Under Dr. Pike’s guidance, the BCIRPU has flourished into a hub of excellence, fostering collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and community stakeholders to develop evidence-based strategies that save lives and prevent injuries. His commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice has led to the implementation of numerous initiatives that have had a tangible impact on the lives of individuals and families across the province. Beyond these accomplishments, Dr. Pike’s mentorship has inspired many individuals to pursue careers in injury prevention, leaving a legacy that will continue to shape the field for years to come. His warmth, humility, and unwavering dedication to his work have earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers alike.

As Dr. Pike begins the next chapter of his journey, we extend our sincere thanks for his exemplary leadership, tireless advocacy, and important impact on the field of injury prevention. His legacy will endure as a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and compassion in creating a safer and healthier world for all.

Introducing Dr. Shelina Babul: An Empowering Leader in Injury Prevention

As a new chapter begins at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU), it is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome Dr. Shelina Babul as the incoming Director. Being with the unit for 25 years, gaining a wealth of experience, a passion for injury prevention, and a track record of leadership and international accomplishment in the area of concussion prevention, recognition and management, Dr. Babul embodies the qualities needed to propel the BCIRPU into a future of continued excellence and innovation.


Dr. Babul brings with her a distinguished career at BCIRPU as the Associate Director, demonstrating commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and youth, their families and communities through injury prevention initiatives. Her expertise in injury prevention, coupled with her extensive work in the field, positions her to lead BCIRPU as an authority in the quest to mitigate the impact of preventable injuries on individuals and families. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Babul has demonstrated a keen ability to translate research into action, working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop and implement evidence based strategies that prevent injuries and save lives. Her empowering leadership style, coupled
with her dedication to fostering partnerships and promoting equity, promises to further elevate the BCIRPU’s impact on a local, national, and global scale. In addition, she has forged enduring and trusting relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders at the local, provincial,
national and international level. As we embark on this new chapter under Dr. Babul’s guidance, we are inspired by her vision, passion, and confident in her ability to lead the BCIRPU towards continued success and innovation in the field of injury prevention.