UBC PiMS Research Group
Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis Research Group

Faculty & Research Associates

Professor Helen Tremlett, PhD

Currently a professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Neurology and the Canada Research Chair in Neuroepidemiology and Multiple Sclerosis. Also funded by the MS Society of Canada’s Don Paty Career Development Award and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award. Also holds operating grants from CIHR, the US National MS Society and the UK MS Trust. Trained in pharmacoepidemiology/ multiple sclerosis with a PhD from Cardiff University, UK. Heads the ‘Pharmacoepidemiology in MS (PiMS) Research group.’ Current research interests include: the natural history of MS; prognosis and predictors of disease progression in MS; effectiveness of the immunomodulatory drugs (IMDs) in MS; adverse effects of the MS IMDs; MS epidemiology; cancer and MS; pregnancy outcomes and MS; vitamin D, sunlight, infections and MS disease activity. Full Biography.


Elaine Kingwell, PhD

Elaine KingwellRole:  Research Associate / Epidemiologist

Previous Academic Training: PhD in Epidemiology (UBC), MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience (University of Calgary), BSc (Hons) in Zoology and Psychology (University of Wales, Swansea)

Research interests and current projects include the epidemiology of MS; co-morbidities and mortality in MS; the natural course of MS and the long-term influence of MS disease-modifying therapies, with an emphasis on utilizing administrative and clinical databases for MS research. Funded through grants or awards from the MS Society of Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National MS Society (U.S.) and the Fondation ARSEP (France).

Yinshan Zhao, PhD

Role:  Statistician / Research Associate

Previous Academic Training: PhD in Statistics (UBC)

Current projects: the BeAMS study, Pregnancy and MS, Adherence of Beta Interferon.


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