Dr. Paul van Donkelaar has partnered up with his spouse Karen Mason of the Kelowna Women's Shelter to initiate groundbreaking studies into the connections between domestic partner violence and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The research taking place in his UBC Okanagan lab focuses on gaining a better understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to sports concussion or intimate partner violence. They measure cerebrovascular, neurocognitive, sensorimotor, and blood biomarker variables using a suite of state-of-the-art equipment. For research on intimate partner violence, they are using an integrated knowledge translation approach with the goal of co-designing and creating TBI-informed tools and resources for front line staff working at community organizations supporting survivors. There is a link to an excellent TedX Kelowna talk below in the show notes. 

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Learn more about his groundbreaking research into TBI and domestic partner violence in his speech: Ahead of the Game | Dr. Paul van Donkelaar and Karen Mason | TEDxKelowna

Learn more about Dr. van Donkelaar's research and read some of his published works on his UBC Okanagan page.

Dr. van Donkelaar nominates Deanna Kent to come on the I Love Kelowna Podcast. Thank you so much to Karen Mason for nominating Dr. van Donkelaar! 

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