Meet our UBC Hospital MS Group

For the MS clinicians and researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, our goal is to provide the best treatment that is safely available to our patients and to pursue research that could lead to improvements in their lives.

Director of UBC Hospital MS Clinic

Dr. Anthony Traboulsee

Principal Investigator
Clinician

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, UBC
MS Society of Canada Research Chair
Director MS Clinical Trials Research Group
Assistant Director of Multiple Sclerosis/Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Group

Research Interests:
MRI, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Asian MS, BC MS Database

Research Program Coordinators

Michelle ​Eisner
Research Coordinator

Western Pacific endMS Regional Research and Training Centre Department of Medicine, UBC

Website: www.endmsnetwork.ca

Laura Harvey
Clinical Trials Coordinator

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials Group
Department of Medicine, UBC

Katrina McMullen
Research Coordinator

NMO Clinic & Research Program
Department of Medicine, UBC

Website: nmo.centreforbrainhealth.ca

Clinicians

Dr. Robert Carruthers
Clinician

Clinical Assistant Professor
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Virginia Devonshire
Clinician

Clinical Assistant Professor
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Stacy Elliott
Clinician

Clinical Professor and Sexual Medicine Consultant
Department of Psychiatry, UBC

Dr. Stanley Hashimoto
Clinician

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Abdul Jiwa
Clinician

Clinical Associate Professor
Psychiatry, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Lorne Kastrukoff
Principal Investigator
Clinician Researcher

Associate Professor
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC
Research Interests:
Neurovirology; multiple sclerosis; experimental animal models of demyelinating disease.

Dr. Janet Lindley
Clinician

Clinical Professor
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
New therapies in controlling disease progression; OCT and it role in monitoring progression or stability in optic nerve health

Dr. Joel Oger
Principal Investigator
Clinician Researcher

Professor Emeritus
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Nabs and bioavailability assay to interferon-beta in MS; Acetylcholine receptor antibody and anti-MuSK for diagnosis of MG; Anti-aquaporin-4 antibody for NMO

Dr. Rajiv Reebye
Clinician

Clinical Assistant Professor and Consulting Physiatrist
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Autonomic dysfunction in multiple sclerosis patients; Pain management in patients with multiple sclerosis; Spasticity management in patients with multiple sclerosis

Dr. Ana-Luiza Sayao
Clinician

Clinical Assistant Professor
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Researchers

Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis
Principal Investigator

Professor and Consultant Neuropathologist
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Biology and pathobiology of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the role of the cerebral endothelium in inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS).

Dr. Sue Forwell
Principal Investigator

Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Fatigue and energy management assessment and intervention; behavioral and functional assessment of living well; behavioral and functional assessment of intention tremor; influence of social media on MS.

Dr. David Li
Principal Investigator

Professor
Radiology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other advanced MR techniques, MS clinical trials

Website: http://www.msmri.ca/

Dr. Alex MacKay
Principal Investigator

Professor
MS/MRI Research Group
Radiology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Pathology of multiple sclerosis brain and spine by MRI; in viv0 myelin measurement; in vivo water content measurement

Website: http://www.mriresearch.ubc.ca/

Dr. Wayne Moore
Principal Investigator

Clinical Professor and Consultant Neuropathologist
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Neuropathology and pathology-MRI correlation in multiple sclerosis; neuropathology of spinal cord injury; experimental demyelination oligodendrocyte mitogens

Dr. John Petkau
Principal Investigator

Professor
Department of Statistics, UBC

Research Interests:
Statistical design of clinical trials; analysis methods for clinical trial data; statistical modelling of MRI data

Dr. Jacqueline Quandt
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Neuroinflammation – In vitro models of the blood brain barrier, Novel and Humanized Animal models of CNS demyelinating disease/autoimmunity & neurodegeneration, Development of novel therapeutics; Immunology – Methods to assess antigen specificity/degeneracy of T cells, Antigen-specific tolerance

Website: http://pathology.ubc.ca/faculty/jacqueline-quandt/

Dr. Alex Rauscher
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
MS/MRI Research Group
Radiology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interest:
Investigation of MS pathology and tissue repair with MRI; Quantitative MRI of the brain; Measurement of myelin

Dr. A. Dessa Sadovnick
Principal Investigator

Professor
Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Development and maintenance of genetic and epidemiological databases for research on multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease and genetic epidemiology.

Dr. Roger Tam
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
MS/MRI Research Group
Radiology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Development of new image analysis technology to increase the sensitivity of imaging biomarkers to MS progression and particularly clinical status. Methods to measure black hole lesion volume, spinal cord area and corpus callosum area.

Dr. Helen Tremlett
Principal Investigator

Associate Professor
Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests:
Epidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; Multiple Sclerosis

Website: http://epims.med.ubc.ca/

Dr. Carles Vilarino-Guell
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, UBC
Canada Research Chair in Molecular Characterization of Neurological Diseases
Director of Genetics, Synaptitude Brain Health
Director, Next Generation Sequencing Centre at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 

Research Interest:
Molecular characterization of MS; Mendelian forms of disease; Population genetics

Nurses & Therapists

Lisa Oliver
Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist
Vancouver Coastal Health

Jane Geddes
Nurse Clinician

Nurse
Vancouver Coastal Health

Ivy Allard
Nurse Clinician

Nurse
Vancouver Coastal Health

Theresa Jiwa
Social Worker

Social Worker
Vancouver Coastal Health