Laura Arbour

Dr. Laura ArbourDr. Laura Arbour is a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is situated at the UBC Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC. Her clinical practice and research focuses on northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics. Trained as both a pediatrician and a clinical geneticist (McGill University), her Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded research (since 2003),  has integrated maternal child health issues and the understanding of the genetic component to aboriginal health of all ages — such as congenital heart defects in the Inuit of Nunavut; Long QT Syndrome in Northern British Columbia; and the potential association of CPT1A P479L to infant mortality in northern populations.

Arbour is also working in the North to enhance birth outcomes surveillance, including a co-lead role in the development of "Nutaqqavut” (our children) Health Information System (NHIS), an innovative, population-based maternal child health information system for Nunavut. Currently, she is also Division Head of  Medical Genetics at the Vancouver Island Health Authority and co-director of the BC Inherited Arrhythmia Program, the latter which has a mandate to integrate both research and clinical service.


University: University of British Columbia
Faculty: Medicine
Department: Medical Genetics
Position: Professor
Research Location: Victoria

Recent Publications

Arbour L, Rezazadeh S, Eldstrom J, Weget-Simms G, Rupps R, Dyer Z, Tibbits G, Accili E, Casey B, Kmetic A, Sanatani S, Fedida D. A KCNQ1 V205M missense mutation causes a high rate of long QT syndrome in a First Nations community of northern British Columbia: a community-based approach to understanding the impact. Genetics in Medicine10(7): 545-550, 2008.

Arbour L, Melnikov V, McIntosh S, Olsen B, Osborne G, Vaktskjold A. The Current State of Birth Outcome and Birth Defect Surveillance in Northern Regions of the World. International Journal of Circumpolar Health Dec;68(5): 443-58 2009.

S. Collins, G. Sinclair, S. McIntosh, F. Bamforth, G.R. Thompson, I. Sobol, G. Osborne, M. Santos, B. Hanley, C.R. Greenberg, H.D. Vallance, and L. Arbour, Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A (CPT1A) P479L prevalence in live newborns in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 2010; DOI:10.1016/ Oct-Nov; 101(2-3): 200-4.

Collins SA, Surmala P, Osborne G, Greenberg C, Bathory LW, Edmunds-Potvin S, Arbour L. Causes and risk factors for infant mortality in Nunavut, Canada 1999-2011. BMC Pediatr. 2012 Dec 12; 12:190.

Jackson H, Huisman L, Sanatani S, Arbour LT. Long QT syndrome in First Nations communities in northern British Columbia. CMAJ 183 (11): 1272-1275. Apr 2011.