Brian K. Kwon, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC
Dr. Kwon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a Research Scientist at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) and the Associate Scientific Director of the Rick Hansen Institute. As a surgeon-scientist, he is particularly interested in the bi-directional process of translational research for spinal cord injury – both “bench to bedside” and “bedside back to bench”.
Dr. Kwon has worked extensively on establishing biomarkers of human SCI to facilitate human trials and on the development of preclinical animal models that can serve as testing grounds for novel therapeutic strategies. He has also led initiatives to establish a framework for how promising therapies for SCI should be evaluated in the laboratory setting prior to translation into human patients.