Shannon Kolind

Prospective Graduate Students / Postdocs

This faculty member is currently not actively recruiting graduate students or Postdoctoral Fellows, but might consider co-supervision together with another faculty member.

Associate Professor

Research Interests

medical physics
multiple sclerosis
Neurological Disease
spinal cord

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Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.


Shannon is a great supervisor because of her perceptive ability to identify the unique needs of different students. By recognizing different styles, interests, abilities, and backgrounds, Shannon creates an environment tailored to each individual, where they can flourish.

Adam Dvorak (2019)


I offer my heartfelt thanks to Drs. Shannon Kolind and Anthony Traboulsee, who have taught me more than I could ever have learned in a classroom. They have provided me with unconditional support and care, and encouraged critical thinking and professional growth. Even with their busy schedules, they regularly met with me to ensure that I was meeting my goals and had all necessary resources. I am very grateful for their mentorship, trust and guidance! #GreatSupervisor week at #UBC.

Lisa Eunyoung Lee (2018)


Graduate Student Supervision

Doctoral Student Supervision (Jan 2008 - May 2021)
Investigating cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis using myelin water imaging (2021)

No abstract available.

Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2020)
Application of myelin water imaging to detect diffuse white matter damage in multiple sclerosis (2019)

While conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is qualitatively useful for the diagnosis and clinical management of multiple sclerosis (MS), it has limitations in terms of detecting specific myelin loss and diffuse damage in the normal-appearing white matter. A non-conventional MRI technique, called myelin water imaging (MWI) can be achieved using multicomponent T₂ relaxation to provide a quantitative in vivo measurement of myelin, termed myelin water fraction (MWF). MWF has been proposed as a candidate MR marker of myelin content in the central nervous system. In this study, I present the application of MWI to gain a deeper insight into the diffuse white matter damage in MS. First, we found lower myelin content and higher myelin heterogeneity in brain and cervical spinal cord, as well as correlations between myelin heterogeneity and clinical disability in cervical spinal cord in progressive MS compared to healthy controls. We also found myelin abnormalities in the regional and global white matter in progressive solitary sclerosis, which has recently been proposed as a potential variant of MS. Finally, we demonstrated good global white matter MWF reproducibility (coefficient of variation = 2.77 %; Pearson’s r = 0.91, p
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