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:

  • Recognition by L’Oreal Canada in L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Celebration (8500+views):


  • 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

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

Trainee Awards

Year Name Award
2022-2026 Analisa Jia Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, UBC
2022-2024 Anh Koa Vo Mitacs Accelerate
2022 Analisa Jia Best Poster Award, PharmSci Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2022
2021-2024 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

  • Cragg, JJ. 2024. An empty heart.. CMAJ. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.240008.
  • Dmitriew, C et al.. 2024. Transitional care clinics for patients discharged from hospital without a primary care provider: A systematic review.. J Hosp Med. doi: 10.1002/jhm.13359.
  • Kuramoto, L, Marin, M, Cragg, JJ. 2024. Critical appraisal of a statistical analysis: A novel visual guide.. J Evid Based Med. doi: 10.1111/jebm.12585.
  • West, CR, Cragg, JJ. 2024. Getting to the Heart of the Problem in Spinal Cord Injury.. J Am Coll Cardiol. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2023.12.011.
  • Warner, FM et al.. 2023. Perspectives on Data Sharing in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury.. Neurotrauma Rep. doi: 10.1089/neur.2023.0035.
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