Iraj Poureslami

Senior Health Evaluation Scientist - Respiratory Medicine Division
Degrees / Designations 

MSc, PhD

604-875-4111, Ext. 61812
Mailing Address 
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation 7th floor, 828 West 10th Avenue, Rm. 716 Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9 Canada


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Other Areas of Research 
community-based participatory research

Iraj Poureslami is a senior research scientist at Faculty of Medicine, Respiratory Medicine Division, University of British Columbia. Iraj’s main research goal is to address socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health and quality of life in newcomers and ethnocultural communities in Canada. In Canada, Iraj has conducted different health promotion and health literacy research projects among newcomer communities and their families in greater Vancouver and across BC, applying community-based, research-to-action, and full participatory approaches. Iraj is a WHO (EMRO) mentor of health promotion, WHO Early Childhood Development (ECD) Knowledge Network consultant, and member of the Canadian National Health Literacy Expert Panel. Iraj has extensive knowledge and expertise in developing community-based health literacy information materials, in particular audio-visual and print materials.

Current Projects 
  • Innovative approach to promote COPD self-management in newcomer communities in the Greater Vancouver Area: Results from a qualitative study and a randomized controlled trial
  • Effectiveness of educational interventions on asthma self-management in Punjabi and Chinese asthma patients: A randomized controlled trial
  • Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) with ethno-cultural groups as a tool to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate asthma educational materials
  • The effect of a multi-dimensional smoking cessation intervention in new immigrants residing in the Greater Vancouver Area: A community-based program