The WACH program is excited to add new supervisors to the program every week!
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The WACH program recently welcomed these dynamic supervisors in Child Health:
Dr. Rajavel Elango
Dr. Elango’s research interests are in maternal and child nutrition, which ensures optimal health to the current and future generations. His specific focus is to achieve this using protein and amino acid (building blocks of protein) and optimizing their dietary supply during key life stages of growth and development, and in disease.
Dr. Elango completed a BSc in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Service Management, and MSc in Foods and Nutrition from India. He obtained his PhD in Nutrition & Metabolism from the University of Alberta and completed postdoctoral work at the Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto. He moved to BC Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia in 2010 to set up his research lab using novel stable isotope tracer techniques and focus on maternal and child nutrition.
Dr. Quynh Doan
Dr. Quynh Doan is an Associate Professor in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and a Health Services Research Scientist at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the Director of Clinical Research at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
She graduated from McGill medical school and completed her pediatric and pediatric emergency training at UBC. Interspaced with her post-grad clinical training, she completed a degree in the Masters of Health Sciences program and PhD at the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC. Her research program evaluates pediatric emergency department patterns of use and the value of emergency care provided to children and families. In recent years, as mental health related presentations surged in Emergency Departments, she has focused her investigations on improving our approach to and outcomes in youth mental health emergencies, by developing, evaluating, and implementing digital support tools (HEARTSMAP, MyHEARTSMAP, and HEARTSMAP-U).
Dr. Christopher Maxwell
Dr. Chris Maxwell obtained a PhD in Medical Sciences (Oncology) from the University of Alberta before completing postdoctoral fellowships at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona Spain. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and an Investigator with the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at the BC Children’s Hospital, where he co-leads the Childhood Cancer and Blood Research Group. Dr. Maxwell and his team research mechanisms that ensure appropriate, balanced cell division with the goal to better understand and treat childhood and hereditary cancers.