CeMCOR has adopted a broad research mandate that is focused on healthy aging for women across the lifespan. We seek to understand the impact of adaptive reproductive and immune responses to life stressors on health outcomes while discovering factors that aid in resiliency. To this end the Centre has assembled a highly interdisciplinary group of translational researchers with whom we work directly and share research resources. This group includes endocrinologists, immunologists, geneticists, pathologists, nutritionists, sexual health experts and psychologists who collectively view the study of health and well-being holistically.
Rosemary Basson, MD, FRCP (UK) is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. With a background in Internal Medicine and Family Practice, Dr. Basson is the Director of the UBC Program in Sexual Medicine. After some 80-plus peer reviewed articles, many focusing on a reconceptualization of human sex response and on sexual dysfunction in chronic illness, and some 30-plus book chapters Dr. Basson is now focusing CIHR funded clinical research on the management of women's sexual pain as well as on the effects of childhood stress on adult women's sexual function. Her 2012 model of Provoked Vestibulodynia as an example of maladaptive stress response has gained much attention.
Lori Brotto, PhD is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Head of the Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, as well as a registered psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health (2016-2021). She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Other major lines of research include exploring psychosocial versus hormonal predictors of women's sexual response, asexuality, sex and cancer, and genital self-image. Dr Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is the Sexual Health expert writer for the Globe and Mail, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality.
Anthony P. Cheung MBBS MPH MBA is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility (REI) specialist with 25 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in his field. He holds specialist credentials in Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Australia/New Zealand and Canada with subspecialty training in Menopause in Sydney, Australia and REI in California, USA.
Formerly on academic staff at both the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, he was the Medical Director of the UBC IVF programme and is the Founder and Medical Director of Grace Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
He is a translational scientist with research spanning molecular biology and physiology of the ovary to clinical endocrinology (particularly related to PCOS), and clinical epidemiological studies related to his field of REI. In addition to PCOS and menopause, his research includes metabolomic profiling of human embryo culture media with Raman spectroscopy and sperm parameters in predicting male fertility. His research team is currently examining diet, physical activity, and stress in women with PCOS.
Tom Elliot, MBBS, FRCPC, has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1992 where his current rank is Clinical Associate Professor. He is also Co-Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Elliott is the former Chair of the Endocrinology & Metabolism Society of BC, the professional body representing all BC endocrinologists and diabetes specialists. Since 1992 Dr. Elliott has been on the active medical staff at Vancouver General Hospital, has conducted a busy private office practice in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Diabetology, and maintained an active research and clinical trials program. Dr. Elliott will continue his research program as director of clinical trials at bcdiabetes.ca.
Michelle Fung, MD, FRCPC, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine. She completed Medical School and Internal Medicine residency at McMaster University, and fellowships in Endocrinology and Clinical Investigator Program at UBC. During that time she completed a Masters in Health Care and Epidemiology and additional fellowship training in Islet Transplantation in Edmonton. She is involved with undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Department of Medicine at UBC. She has been on staff at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital since 2004.
Karen Gelmon MD FRCPC is a Professor of Medicine at the UBC and a Medical Oncologist at the BCCA, combining clinical and translational research. She is currently Head of the Division of Medical Oncology at UBC. She is Co Chair of the Breast Site Committee for the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and a member of the NCI Breast Steering Committee and of the BIG (Breast International Group) Advisory Group. She sits on the NCIC-CTG IND executive and is a past Chair of this committee. She is also a Komen scholar and member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Komen and Co Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research. She is Clinical leader of Advanced Therapeutics department at the BCCA. She sits on the International Advisory Board of The Lancet, The Oncologist and Clinical Breast Cancer. She is a reviewer for journals and grant review panels. She has been track chair for Breast at ASCO and is Chair of the Breast Education Committee currently. She is an active teacher interested in education of health care professionals and the public and has published extensively with over 250 publications. She has been a member of the Board of the BC Cancer Foundation, the Medical Advisory Board of the BC/Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the board of Rethink Breast Cancer. She was the recipient of a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in 2003. She is the mother of two daughters and is active on volunteer boards for the arts and community in Vancouver.
Tricia S. Tang BA,PhD, is an associate professor who joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia in 2011. She completed her undergraduate work at Duke University where she received her B.A. in psychology. After finishing her PhD in clinical psychology, she also trained in behavioural medicine at the University of Chicago and did bio-behavioral breast cancer research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Before joining UBC, she was on faculty of the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School. She holds many prestigious national research grants. Dr Tang researches innovative psychosocial supports for those with chronic diseases.
Ehud Ur MBBS, FRCPC, is a Professor of Medicine at University of British Columbia and Head of the UBC Division of Endocrinology. He is a graduate of the University of London, and trained in medicine and endocrinology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He came to Canada in 1992 and held faculty positions at Memorial and Dalhousie Universities before moving to Vancouver. Dr. Ur is past Chair of the Canadian Diabetes Association (Clinical and Scientific Section). He is active in research focusing on pituitary, obesity and diabetes-related health issues.