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Kyle Barbour

Orange, CA

"Currently, I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, I am one of the founders of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP). Much of my current work thus revolves around harm reduction and its intersection with emergency medicine.

I believe in solidarity, direct democracy, decentralization, and the inherent equality of all people. To me, harm reduction is the natural orientation that follows from these principles, and is in essence love channeled into public health. My hope for the future is that medicine increasingly follows along these lines and becomes more open, more free, and more liberatory in its practice.

My interest in medicine originates from my years working with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and other search and rescue agencies, and I continue to be in love with emergency, rescue, and humanitarian work in demanding, austere environments. Previously, I worked for San Francisco Suicide Prevention and as an Emergency Department Technician in a Bay Area trauma center.

I studied neurobiology as an undergraduate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. While a research assistant in Dr. Stratmann's lab in the Department of Anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco, I focused on the impacts of anesthesia on neurogenesis and memory."