“We are very lucky to have Dr. Nacul join our team and lead CCDP,” says Dr. Stephanie Rhone, senior medical director, specialized programs, at BC Women’s.
“Dr. Nacul will have dedicated research time in addition to his clinical and administration work, which is a huge asset to the program. His research expertise will inform the way we treat patients and open the door to new discoveries.”
Dr. Nacul is an internationally renowned leading clinician and researcher in his field with a broad understanding of complex chronic diseases treated at CCDP from medical, health services and research perspectives.
“It is a privilege for me to join such a dedicated team at one of a few centres in the world that specifically treats complex chronic diseases,” says Dr. Nacul. “I look forward to starting my new role and the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment that involves patient and community groups that are most affected.”
One of the challenges in treating complex chronic diseases is that their causes are unclear. In his capacity as CCDP research director, Dr. Nacul will leverage an established clinical program to expand research into complex chronic diseases.
This is an important gain for the program, as CCDP patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia syndrome and symptoms attributed to chronic Lyme-like disease will be able to benefit directly from research discoveries.
Dr. Nacul will also have an appointment as a researcher with the Women’s Health Research Institute. His research time is funded by the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health through its BCCDC Foundation Research Scholar Award.
“On behalf of the National ME/FM Network, I congratulate BC Women's Hospital + Health Center, on the announcement of the arrival of Dr. Luis Nacul, as the medical director and research director of the Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP),” says Sherri Todd, BC director of National ME/FM Network.
“Dr. Nacul is an internationally well respected Clinician, Investigator, and Researcher, with added experience involving the CureME Group that runs the UK ME/CFS Biobank. He will bring an enhanced emphasis of knowledge and implementation of patient care, as well as the administrative leadership to the CCDP, worthy of a first-class health facility. Welcome, Dr. Nacul!”
Dr. Nacul received his medical degree at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and then completed a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Since then, his clinical practice, research and public health work has been based in the U.K.
Dr. Nacul has taught and conducted research in the areas of epidemiology and public health in London and Cambridge. As a Clinical Associate Professor in epidemiology at the Department of Clinical Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he directs the CureME Group, a dedicated research group that leverages professional-lay partnerships to better understand the biomedical basis of ME/CFS and its personal and societal impacts. Dr. Nacul will continue to conduct research with CureME, which will strengthen collaborations between CureME and research teams in North America and Canada.