Research

Welcome to the Research Section of the DEM Website. Here you will find information on research news and accomplishments involving DEM faculty & trainees, education, opportunities, support, and the impressively wide range of projects and programs DEM members are active in. Our hope is that this area of the Website will highlight our many achievements, support and encourage further academic excellence, and foster research collaborations both from within and from outside the DEM.

Riyad B. Abu-Laban, MD, MHSC
Associate Professor & Research Director
UBC Department of Emergency Medicine

Research News


Andrew Kestler Receives VCHRI Innovation & Translational Research Award Grant
July 8, 2019  Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Kestler for his recent VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award for his study, “Buprenorphine/naloxone to-go and intensive outreach team follow-up for emergency department patients with opioid use disorder”. Dr. Kestler has received $75,000 to be used over 2 years. St. Paul’s Hospital ED launched a pilot program in December 2018 to […] Read More >


Jeff Brubacher: Low THC levels not linked to increased risk of car crashes
June 14, 2019  Canadian drug-impaired driving laws penalize drivers found to have blood THC levels of between two to five nanograms per millilitre. However, new research led by the University of British Columbia suggests that THC levels less than five nanograms/ml of blood do not lead to an increased risk of causing car crashes in most drivers. […] Read More >


Jessica Moe Receives 2019 VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Award
May 13, 2019Congratulations to DEM Faculty Member Dr. Jessica Moe who recently received the 2019 Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) Mentored Clinician Scientist Award! The VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Award is a salary award that supports new clinician investigators who are building an early research career. Under the excellent mentorship of Dr. Corinne Hohl, Dr. Jess Moe was granted a 2019 MCS […] Read More >


Gary Andolfatto Finds Ketamine Alleviates Acute Pain During Ambulance Rides
May 3, 2019  In his recent study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Andolfatto and his colleagues found when ketamine is added to nitrous oxide and administered intranasally, it provides clinically significant pain reduction and improved comfort for patients. “We now have the science to show us that it can be used effectively and safely […] Read More >


1st Annual Kelowna EM Research Day
April 18, 2019Kelowna celebrated its first EM Research Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019! The goal of the annual event is to build local research capacity. The presentation topics are listed below: Kelowna Emergency Department Suboxone Starts (KEDSS) Program for opioid use disorder: A program evaluation study. Dr. Britt Bailey, R2 UBC RCPS- EM Residency Program-Interior Journal […] Read More >

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