Ling Guan

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Neuropsychology: Stress and the Autonomic Nervous System
Dr. Jean-Paul Collet

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

As a medical graduate, clinical research training gives me the practical experience of working with patients from a scientist's standpoint. My experience will equip me with the scientific thinking needed for clinical decision-making.


Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is one of the best universities in the world, with outstanding medical education and research.

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

The experimental medicine program falls within the Department of Medicine. It is an active and flexible course, with investigators/supervisors conducting research in all aspects of medicine. Students have the opportunity to choose from a range of specialties, opting to focus on either clinical or basic medicine research. 

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

Vancouver is a very beautiful city. People here are nice, polite, peaceful and tolerant. The UBC campus is surrounded by the ocean, with a forest, a farm and gardens.

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

My program provides students with a variety of medical research domains: students are able to work in the labs/research teams of other research areas.

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

Having a detailed plan in advance.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Enjoy multinational food.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Do everything in advance!


Learn more about Ling's research

My research focuses on the function/activity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Specifically, I use the measurement of heart rate variability (HRV) to assess stress regulation in different target conditions, including: patients in intensive care units, patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and patients with acute ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack.