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Principal Investigator 

 

Dr. Pat Camp, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of  Physical Therapy, UBC
Clinician-Scientist, UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

Dr. Pat Camp is a clinician-scientist at St. Paul’s Hospital. Her clinician-scientist appointment position is  jointly supported by the University of British Columbia Department of Physical Therapy and the Providence Health Care Research Institute. Dr. Camp’s research is focused on three main themes: Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Hospitalized Patients with an Acute Exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD); Pulmonary Tele-Rehabilitation (with a specific focus on Indigenous health); and Knowledge Translation and Quality Assessment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

 

 


Research Team

 

Ashley Winter PRRL

Ashley Winter, RAD, BCR –  Research Coordinator

Ashley Winter is a research coordinator working with Dr. Camp in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory. She graduated in 2008 from Capilano University with her diploma as a Rehabilitation Assistant working mainly in the fields of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Ashley graduated from the University of Calgary with her undergraduate degree in Community Rehabilitation. She has worked in the PRRL since April 2012, and is involved in a variety of research projects as well as managing and maintaining the lab. Ashley is a professional dance performer and instructor, and enjoys maintaining her fitness and wellness through running, yoga and nutrition.  She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor.

 

 


Trainees

Dr Joel Chen, MD, MSc Candidate

Joel is a Prairie-grown respirologist with a keen interest in the rehabilitation of individuals who would otherwise struggle with lung disease. He believes that with the right research and the right tools, we will learn that it only takes a little to ensure that no one with lung disease needs to suffer. As a grad student with the Camp Lab at HLI, Joel is working to develop education material that will be accessible and relevant to Indigenous individuals with lung disease, especially those to whom conventional pulmonary rehabilitation remains inaccessible both geographically and culturally, as this will be key to successful rehabilitation and enjoyment of improved quality of life. Otherwise Joel enjoys singing bass, gazing at the wide-open Prairie sky and going down snowy slopes on a pair of skis.

 

 

 

Justin Turner, MOT, PhD Trainee

Justin Turner is an occupational therapist and doctoral student in the UBC PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences. He graduated in 2017 from UBC’s Master of Occupational Therapy program, and has worked since then with Northern Health Authority as an OT in a variety of practice settings in Prince George, BC. Outside work, Justin enjoys going for hikes in Northern BC, practicing yoga, and volunteering with his local Métis community. Justin’s research with Dr. Camp’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory examines how wildfires in Northern BC affect First Nations people living with chronic lung disease. The project is a collaboration between UBC and Carrier Sekani Family Services.

 

 

 

 

 

Debora Petry Moecke, MPT, PhD Trainee

Débora Petry Moecke is a Physical Therapist from Brazil. She did her postgraduate studies in a two-year Multi-professional Residency Program with an emphasis on Intensive Care at the University Hospital of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC/Brazil), and has experience working with hospital physiotherapy. She holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy by the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC/Brazil), developing research focused on the pulmonary effects of exercise in chronic diseases. She is joining the group as a doctoral student in the UBC PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences, and wants to learn about First Nations communities in Canada, working on the development of a COPD Telehealth System seeking to improve lung-related health services for this population. In her spare time, she enjoys going to parks, hiking, traveling to new places, watching TV series and playing board games.

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Kamurasi, MSc Trainee

Ivan Kamurasi is a medical laboratory scientist from Uganda and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Experimental Medicine at UBC. His research with Dr Camp’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory will focus on indoor air quality under the Indigenous Lung Health stream in relation to COPD in remote and rural first nations communities in BC. On the other hand, he is an outdoor person who enjoys hiking, adventuring, biking, jogging in the parks, arts & crafts, and classical music.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunaina Chopra, MSc Trainee

Sunaina Chopra is a Master’s student in Dr. Camp’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at UBC. With her hometown being Vancouver, BC, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UBC. For the past 3 years, Sunaina has been volunteering as a Cardiac Rehab Exercise Class Assistant at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre in Surrey, BC. Sunaina is joining the group to investigate the physical activity values and barriers experienced by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Specifically, she plans to focus her research on individuals living in rural First Nations communities in Canada. Through this, Sunaina plans to open a conversation with the community on ways to improve physical activity. Outside of the lab, Sunaina enjoys enhancing her culinary arts, reading novels, and watching movies. To stay active, she frequently takes her dog to the park, and goes for bike rides and jogs around her neighbourhood.

 

 

Maryke Peter, MSc Trainee

Maryke Peter is a paralegal. She graduated in 2020 from Capilano University’s Bachelor of Legal Studies program. Maryke has a clear interest in developing skills in academic research along with a desire to pursue a career path in Life Sciences, Biotechnology and Medical Technology patents. Maryke is currently completing her Master’s degree in Experimental Medicine at UBC. Maryke’s research with Dr. Camp’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory will focus on the themes: Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); Exploring Relationships Between Medicine and Law through the Lens of Policy and Patents; and Innovations in Health Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Blanco, MOT

Mark Blanco finished his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Santo Tomas. He is finishing his Masters in Public Health at the University of the Philippines – Manila. He was also chosen for the EduCanada Awards – Canada – ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchange for Development (SEED) program for a research scholarship at the University of British Coumbia. Concurrently, He has also started Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in the University of Santo Tomas. He plans to integrate health policy and administration, and public health more into the OT practice in the Philippines through his research which would involve public-private partnerships (PPPs) in therapy services. His other research interests include: gender and occupational justice, health financing and health service delivery. He is into photography and writing on his free time.