Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
Investigating the neurological and behavioural mechanisms of risky decision making and cognitive inflexibility induced by reward-paired cues
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|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Cote, Helene||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine||HIV Infection, blood research, infectious diseases|
|Courneya, Carol-Ann||Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences||Arts and Humanities in Medicine, Resilience, Cardiac Art, Cardiovascular Physiology, Medical Education, Cardiovascular physiology, medical education|
|Cox, Susan||School of Population and Public Health||Other medical sciences; Sociology and related studies; Arts (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music), architecture and design; narratives of health and illness; grief, loss, death and dying; research ethics/ethics in research; arts in health education; scholarship of teaching and learning; qualitative and arts-based approaches to research; visual methods; contemplative inquiry|
|Cox, Michael||Department of Urologic Sciences||genetic testing, experiences of hereditary risk, social and ethical implications of genetics, interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, narrative and story, Prostate cancer|
|Craig, Ann Marie||Department of Psychiatry||Excitatory and inhibitory synapses, Synapse development and plasticity, Synapse organizing proteins, Neurotransmitter receptors, Autism and schizophrenia|
|Cresswell, Silke||Division of Neurology||Functional imaging (PETand fMRI) in Parkinson|
|Cripton, Peter||School of Biomedical Engineering||Mechanical engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; biomechanics; Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma; hip fracture; injury prevention; Mechanical Systems; neurotrauma; Spinal cord injury; spine biomechanics; Trauma / Injuries; Traumatic Brain Injury|
|Crook, Juanita||Department of Surgery||Radiation Oncology and Developmental Radiotherapeutics|
|Cundiff, Geoffrey||Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology||female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, urogynaecology, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, obstetrical injury, quality assurance, Epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, to anatomy, to education, to the prevention of maternal obstetrical trauma|
|Cynader, Max||Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences||eye diseases; glaucoma; dyslexia; stroke; neurotrauma; memory; vision; learning disabilities; hearing development; recovery after brain damage; ischemia; gene therapy, Alzheimer's|
|Dahl, Marshall Andrew|
|Daley, Denise||Division of Respiratory Medicine||Bioinformatics; Asthma; Complex Trait Genetics; Epigenetics; gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; Genetic Diseases; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Aging; statistical genetics; Susceptibility Genes|
|Daugaard, Mads||Department of Urologic Sciences||Cancer progression and metastasis; Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Cancer biology; Cancer diagnostics; Cancer therapy; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Cell Therapy of Cancer; Chemotherapy; DNA damage response pathways; glycobiology; Immunotherapy; Radiotherapy; Cell stress and Cancer; Cell stress signalling in cancer|
|Davies, Hugh William||School of Population and Public Health||Environmental and occupational health and safety; Health sciences; Public and population health; Antineoplastic drug hazards; Community Health / Public Health; environmental health; Exposure Assessment; Noise and Health; Occupational Health; Occupational Safety and Health|
|Davis, Noelle||Department of Surgery||cancer surgery and surgical oncology, Surgical oncology, Head and neck cancer|
|de Boer, Carl||School of Biomedical Engineering||Gene regulation|
|Dedhar, Shoukat||Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||molecular biology, molecular biology as it relates to disease; developing new theraputics for cancer; how brain cells (neurons)make connections, therapeutics for cancer; molecular genetics and cancer; medical research, cancer, inflammatory diseases, cariovascular diseases, Cellular proteins, extracellular martrix, integrins, signal transduction, calreticulin, protein kinase, gene expression, cell differentiation|
|Deering, Kathleen||Division of Aids||Social Determinants of Health; Environmental Health; Community Health / Public Health; Human and Social Ecology; Sexual health inequities; Gender and health; HIV prevention, treatment and care; Sex work; Social/health geography; Gender and violence; Stigma; Community-based research; Novel methodological approaches in epidemiology|
|Dell, Sharon||Department of Pediatrics||Asthma in Children; Bronchial Disorders; Children's Health; Interstitial Lung Diseases; Rare diseases; Primary ciliary dyskinesia|
|Dennis, Jessica||Department of Medical Genetics||Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Administrative health data; Complex Trait Genetics; Electronic health records; Epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Machine Learning; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Precision Health; statistical genetics|
|Devine, Dana Virginia||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine||Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology|
|Devlin, Angela||Department of Pediatrics||Human nutrition and dietetics; Human reproduction and development sciences; Pathology (except oral pathology); cardiovascular disease; Children; developmental programming; Diabetes; Obesity|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
|2021||Dr. Sweeney Magee researched health behaviours associated with risk and survivorship in colorectal cancer. She identified population groups needing support to make changes to these behaviours, and strategies to best provide this support. Her work will inform future behaviour change intervention design at all stages of the cancer control continuum.||Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Li studied the structures of several key enzymes required for the production and degradation of a bacterial cell wall polymer known as wall teichoic acid. His research provided mechanistic understanding of the enzymes' functions and revealed structural features that can guide the development of novel antibacterial therapeutics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Firmino discovered that during the immune response to cancers, a low oxygen environment develops among B cells that helps fine-tune the B cell immune response. She associated characteristics of the B cell response with overall survival in breast cancer patients. This work may help develop new biomarkers of immune responses in cancer patients.||Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Twa characterized the pathobiology and sequelae, or consequences, of chromosomal rearrangements in lymphoid neoplasia, which arise from cancerous lymphoid cells.||Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)|
|2021||Dr. Izadi-Najafabadi's doctoral study focused on understanding brain changes following rehabilitation in children with developmental coordination disorder. Her results showed that rehabilitation is effective for improving motor performance and induces changes in brain regions underlying self-regulation, emotion regulation, and attention regulation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
|2021||Knowledge about inequities and social determinants of health points to opportunities for evidence-informed action across a range of contexts. Dr. Shaw's research offered a model to identify context-specific barriers to action such as lack of infrastructure, capacity, or political will and provided a menu of approaches to address these challenges.||Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Garces showed how disease-causing mutations in the gene of a protein called ABCA4 affects its function and causes Stargardt's disease. His thesis provides invaluable insights into the pathological mechanisms of Stargardt's disease, insights of which could help tailor therapeutic treatments to individuals suffering from this disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. McKay explored housing, building, and neighbourhood influences on the experience of "home" for long-term tenants of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her research highlighted housing and service needs of people with housing, and showed the benefits of a supportive service environment where tenants can feel in control of their lives.||Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Morrice investigated how toxins and risk genes may cause the motor neuron degeneration underlying ALS, a neurodegenerative disease. She identified regulatory elements of gene expression enhancers as novel ALS risk factors. This research provides insight into ALS causal factors which may translate to future therapeutic interventions.||Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Gill determined that children developmental coordination disorder have smaller cerebellar volume compared to typically-developing children, and that rehabilitation can increase the size of this brain structure and improve motor function. Results may influence clinical care and improve outcomes for the 450,000 Canadian children with this disorder||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
The projects focus on improving health care systems and patient well-being in British Columbia. The post UBC Medicine researchers awarded 2022 Innovation and Translational Research Awards appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
The findings reveal how rTMS works for treatment-resistant depression and could help predict the likelihood of patients getting better. The post New research maps how the brain changes during depression treatment appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Next step toward a potential functional cure for type 1 diabetes. The post B.C. researchers launching clinical trial for first genetically engineered stem cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
The researchers will advance cutting-edge regenerative medicine research projects and clinical trials. The post UBC Medicine researchers awarded over $2.5 million from Canada’s Stem Cell Network appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
UBC researchers urge people who are pregnant to remain vigilant and protect themselves from COVID-19. The post Catching COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risk of hospitalization, premature birth appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.