Staff Spotlight: Yue Yuan


Vancouver – VGH Research Pavillion

Yue Yuan is a Research Coordinator with UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

How long have you worked in the Department/UBC?
I have worked at the Department of Emergency Medicine for three years. Time certainly flies when you enjoy your time working here.

Can you summarize what you do in the Department?
I’m currently a research coordinator for two studies – the National Drug Driving Study and the Partnerships for Cannabis Policy Evaluation Study led by Dr. Jeffrey Brubacher. Both studies monitor drug-impaired driving in Canada and help policymakers and road-safety professionals make evidence-informed decisions that prevent drug-impaired driving in Canada. Since the two studies are funded by multiple sources including Transport Canada, Health Canada and various provincial bodies, my current key responsibilities include providing progress reports to funders, communicating with all participating hospital sites, engaging with stakeholders through surveys and knowledge translation products, and coordinating sample collections and data entries. I am also involved with various writing projects within the research team.

What is your favourite thing about working in the Department?
The people! Everyone that I work with is kind and friendly. My direct supervisors are very humble and supportive. I have learnt a lot from them regarding communication and leadership styles.

What is one interesting fact about you that people may not know?
I went bungee jumping when I was 10! It was an impulsive and fun decision to make but definitely a terrifying experience to go through. I became afraid of height for at least 10 years after that.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I enjoy being outdoors, so lots of biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. I am also an avid record collector and I love exploring local record stores. I also love acting! I have been taking acting classes for fun for quite a few months now. It is very challenging but rewarding at the same time.

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