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


A successful CIHR’s inaugural Rewarding Success competition for Dr. Corinne Hohl and her team.
August 26, 2019Congratulations to Corinne Hohl and her research team!!! Corinne and her team were successful in CIHR’s inaugural Rewarding Success competition which funded teams of researchers collaborating with health payer organizations to bring about health systems changes. Corinne and her team have been collaborating with the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal, the Lower Mainland Consolidated Pharmacy […] Read More >


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 >

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