Dr. Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen

Principal Investigator

M.D. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Ph.D. [Experimental Pathology] (University of British Columbia)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia

Research Interests


Dr. Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen is a neuropathologist with a research focus on the histopathological changes that underlie a number of central nervous system disorders including traumatic spinal cord injury. She is particularly interested in the changes that astrocytes, an important type of supporting cell in the brain, undergo in these conditions. She attained her medical degree in Chile and her Ph.D. in neurosciences at UBC. She then refined her clinical and research training by completing specialty training in neuropathology and the two-year UBC Clinician Investigator Program. She has since become a consultant neuropathologist at Vancouver General Hospital and an assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Her main research tools include histology and correlations between clinical presentation, imaging changes and pathological findings.


Some of Dr. Hirsch-Reinshagen’s awards and accomplishments include:

  • Dr. Melvyn Bernstein Resident Award for outstanding efforts to resident academic and professional education and/or mentorship (Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, 2022)

Current Lab Members:

Masters Students Medical Residents Research Staff
Toluyemi Malomo Shawn Stochmanski Farah Sahmadi

Current Opportunities in the Lab

There are currently no openings in Dr. Hirsch-Reinshagen’s lab. Please contact Dr. Hirsch-Reinshagen with inquiries.

Recent publications

  • Morris, S et al.. 2024. Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Biomarkers of the Injured Spinal Cord: A Comparative Study of Imaging and Histology in Human Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury.. J Neurotrauma. doi: 10.1089/neu.2023.0208.
  • Thiara, S et al.. 2024. Characterizing the Relationship Between Arterial Carbon Dioxide Trajectory and Serial Brain Biomarkers with Central Nervous System Injury During Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Prospective Cohort Study.. Neurocrit Care. doi: 10.1007/s12028-023-01923-x.
  • Sekhon, MS et al.. 2023. Neuroinflammation and the immune system in hypoxic ischaemic brain injury pathophysiology after cardiac arrest.. J Physiol. doi: 10.1113/JP284588.
  • Hirsch-Reinshagen, V et al.. 2023. Psychotic symptoms in frontotemporal dementia with TDP-43 tend to be associated with type B pathology.. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. doi: 10.1111/nan.12921.
  • Chatterjee, A, Hirsch-Reinshagen, V, Scott, I, Cashman, N, Hsiung, GR. 2023. A Systematic Review of the Genetics and Pathology of Psychosis in Frontotemporal Dementia.. Can J Neurol Sci. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2023.248.
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