Ken Bassett

Ken Bassett


Therapeutics Initiative
317 – 2176 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Canada


Ken Bassett is the Co-Manager of the Therapeutics Initiative in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC. In the Therapeutics Initiative, he directs its Drug Assessment Working Group that determines the effectiveness and safety of prescription drugs licensed in Canada and submits reports to the Pharmaceutical, Laboratory, and Blood Services Division, the Ministry of Health. The Therapeutics Initiative publishes the Therapeutics Letter, an evidence-based drug therapy newsletter provided to all practicing physicians and pharmacists in British Columbia; topics include pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment of numerous conditions in many medical specialties. Internationally, he is an editor in the Hypertension Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Supported by the UBC Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. Bassett maintains an international teaching program (health services methods, epidemiology & anthropology) focused on the prevention and treatment of blindness in Tibetan regions of China, Nepal, India, Cambodia and countries in sub Saharan Africa. He directs the BC Centre for Epidemiologic and International Ophthalmology – UBC, and works closely with eye care program partner Seva Canada and Foundation (USA) to provide formal and informal teaching in research methods, data management, and report production. Current research projects focus on community ophthalmology and public health.