Jessica Archibald

 
Investigating neurochemical patterns in relation to pain
 
I decided to study at UBC because of the laboratory and research expertise in the field of imaging and pain research. Being part of the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) research group was a specific attraction to the program due to the potential for interdisciplinary collaborations.
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I always had an interest in the human body and its health. During my undergraduate studies, I realized research has the potential for greater impact, which I want to play a role in. Specifically, I am interested in conducting high-quality research which can improve the health-care system and thus human health.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

During my studies, I volunteered at a lab where they investigated pain. I performed a literature review on the implications of altered brain regions in chronic pain patients and was fascinated by how little we know about the central nervous system because of the lack of techniques to examine it (non-invasively). This learning experience solidified my goal to research the brain in relation to pain. I decided to study at UBC because of Dr.Kramer's laboratory and research expertise in the field of imaging and pain research.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Being part of the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) was a specific attraction to the program due to the potential of interdisciplinary collaborations this research group brings.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Not a surprise, but I love living by the ocean.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I am excited about implementing novel imaging techniques to improve not only the diagnosis and prognosis of pain but also reveal potential targets for future therapeutic strategies.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Being comfortable with the unknown, and uncertainties and being able to adapt to such changes and persevere has definitely helped during my graduate studies.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Yoga, lots of it, for both.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

To follow their passion and to remember mistakes are a way of learning too!

 
 
 

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