Dr. Laura Arbour is a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia situated at the Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC and a medical geneticist at Island Health. Her clinical practice and research focuses on northern and Indigenous health issues as they pertain to genetics. Trained as both a pediatrician and clinical geneticist, her research integrates maternal child health issues and the understanding of the genetic component of Indigenous health of all ages. Notable studies include addressing Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) in Northern BC, potential risk of CPT1A P479L for infant mortality in Nunavut, and the genetics of Primary Biliary Cholangitis in First Nations women of BC. Her LQTS work in Northern BC led to the development of a multidisciplinary province-wide program to address inherited arrhythmias in all British Columbians (The BC Inherited Arrhythmia Program). She is also the project lead on a Genome Canada/CIHR funded grant, with co-leads Drs. Nadine Caron and Wyeth Wasserman (of UBC) “Silent Genomes: Reducing health-care disparities and improving diagnostic success for Indigenous children with genetic disease”, which aims to address the challenges of equitable access to genetic/genomic diagnosis and care for Canadian Indigenous populations.
University: University of British Columbia
Department: Medical Genetics
Research Location: Victoria