Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg

Principal Investigator

B.Sc. [Mathematics and biology] (University of British Columbia), M.P.H. [Biostatistics] (University of British Columbia), Ph.D. [Epidemiology/biostatistics] (University of British Columbia)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

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Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg aims to be a world leader in neuro-analytics, helping to uncover innovative treatment strategies and therapies for people suffering from neurological diseases. She is working with statistical algorithms to better understand neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and SCI.

Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg is an Assistant Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Principal Investigator at ICORD. She is leveraging clinical and population “big data” sources and machine-based learning to identify novel, reliable predictors of spinal cord injury progression. She also researches other neurological diseases beyond spinal cord injury, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

As the sole North American recipient of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women In Science International Rising Talent Prize for 2019, Dr. Cragg is a champion for encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in science.

Techniques employed in the Lab

  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Meta-analysis
  • Statistical learning
  • Recursive partitioning
  • Survival analysis
  • Causal inference


Some of Dr. Cragg’s recent major awards and accomplishments include:

  • Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar Award (2021-2026)
  • Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CSEB) Early Career Award (2021)
  • Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) Early Career Award (2021)
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Canada Research Chairs, 2020-2025)

Current Lab Members

Masters Students Ph.D. Students Postdoctoral Fellows Research Staff
Analisa Jia Anh Khoa Vo Dr. James Crispo Lisa Liu
Dr. Freda Warner Lisa Kuramoto
Rebecca Lim

Trainee Awards

Year Name Award
2021 Dr. James Crispo Michael Smith Health Research BC Trainee Award
2021 Analisa Jia Syd Vernon Graduate Student Award, UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies
2021 Analisa Jia 3 Minute Thesis (3MT), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1st Prize (UBC PharmSci, 2021)
2020 Analisa Jia Summer Student Research Program 1st Prize (poster presentation) (UBC PharmSci, 2020)

Current Opportunities in the Lab

There are currently no openings in Dr. Cragg’s lab. Please contact Dr. Cragg with inquiries.

Recent publications

  • Liu, LJW et al.. 2022. Amphetamine-related care in the USA, 2003-2014: cross-sectional analyses examining inpatient trends and factors associated with hospitalisation outcomes.. BMJ Open. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059898.
  • Lee, TY et al.. 2022. 16-year trends in asthma hospital admissions in Canada.. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2022.06.022.
  • Bourguignon, L et al.. 2022. International surveillance study in acute spinal cord injury confirms viability of multinational clinical trials.. BMC Med. doi: 10.1186/s12916-022-02395-0.
  • Zipser, CM et al.. 2022. Cell-based and stem-cell-based treatments for spinal cord injury: evidence from clinical trials.. Lancet Neurol. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(21)00464-6.
  • Sanguinetti, RD et al.. 2022. National survey of mental health and suicidal thoughts in people with spinal cord injury.. Spinal Cord. doi: 10.1038/s41393-022-00783-0.
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