Christopher West

Degrees / Credentials

PhD (Brunel University, UK)


Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Okanagan


Full Member

Dr. Chris West completed his MSc and PhD at Brunel University in the UK, where he studied the respiratory consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI). He completed postdoc training with Dr. Andrei Krassioukov at UBC/ICORD where he studied animal models of SCI. He is currently a research scientist with the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and
Physiological Sciences.

Contact Info

Lab Manager
Erin Erskine
Mailing Address
Reichwald Health Sciences Centre (RHS)
1088 Discovery Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Research Information

Dr. West’s group uses small and large in vivo animal models to understand how the circuitry that controls the cardiovascular system changes following injury and what the downstream impact of these changes are for heart and blood vessel function. They also use these models to test the efficacy of novel therapies in the both the acute and chronic setting following injury. In the clinical and athletic spinal cord injury population, his group has conducted a number of mechanistic and applied studies to, 1) improve the understanding of how best to hemodynamically manage acutely injured patients, and 2) enhance the capacity of the cardiovascular system to enable an improved exercise response.



  • spinal cord injury
  • autonomic nervous system