Research clusters

Cameron in her UVic science lab

Microbiologist Caroline Cameron has been awarded a patent for a potential vaccine candidate against syphilis. She's collaborating with research partners to develop a vaccine composition that incorporates the patented protein component. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Brian Christie standing in front of two women hooked up to two screens with balls

Neuroscientist Brian Christie uses NeuroTracker software to gather cognitive data. His research suggests that the software could also be used as a rehabilitative tool for individuals with concussions and more severe brain injury. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Caren Helbing with two students in a lab

Molecular biologist Caren Helbing's research on the North American bullfrog could help explain the mechanisms of early development and metamorphosis, as well as how environmental contaminants cause thyroid-related diseases and malfunctions. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Akbari wearing a prototype bandage on his hand while a student reads results on a smartphone

Bioengineer Mohsen Akbari is working with researchers to commercialize GelDerm, a bandage that monitors pH levels at wound sites to detect the earliest signs of bacterial infection. The prototype bandage works in concert with a smartphone app. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A Victoria Hand Project prosthetic arm holding the end of a screw driver

Mechanical engineer Nikolai Dechev manages the Victoria Hand Project, a not-for-profit organization that designs and distributes low-cost, high-function, upper-limb prostheses to those in need, particularly in Guatemala and Nepal. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Zehr monitoring the activity of a man exercising on an elliptical machine

Neuroscientist E. Paul Zehr's research shows that high-intensity strength training could have remarkable potential for mobility recovery after a stroke. It's the notion of cross-education of strength—training one leg strengthens both—which has potential for neurological rehabilitation.

Terry Pearson loading blood samples into a lab machine

Biochemist Terry Pearson and his partners have developed a technique that can measure more than 25 different biomarkers at once—with just one drop of blood. This means earlier detection of diseases and better monitoring of personal wellness. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Willerth holding a model of a brain in her lab

Biomedical engineering Stephanie Willerth's work focuses on engineering neural tissue from stem cells. Her research is vital to the future of regenerative medicine and new drug therapies for conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

There are seven important research clusters within the CBR:

Each cluster lists our researchers who specialize in each area.

Dr. E. Paul Zehr describes the research taking place at the Centre for Biomedical Research.