Jim Christenson

Dr. Christenson is a Professor and past-Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and has a wide range of experience in emergency care clinical research. His primary research focus is in the area of cardiovascular emergencies, especially resuscitation science. He led the BC site for the North American Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium which aims to improve care through early interventions in cardiac arrest across Canada. He is also the Principal Investigator of a neuroprotective intervention given by paramedics to patients with severe stroke (The FRONTIER Trial). Christenson leads a team that built and launched the BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) to facilitate knowledge sharing and clinical support for all emergency practitioners in British Columbia. It is growing quickly and changing the way physicians communicate about new knowledge and practice change. He also leads a study funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research to improve emergency care in 4 Nuu Chah Nuulth remote communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He has been a volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for over 30 years and is currently the chair of the Resuscitation Advisory Committee.

  • Co-Director, BC Resuscitation Research Collaborative (RESURECT)
  • Professor and Past Head, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
  • Executive Medical Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network

Brian Grunau

Dr. Grunau’s primary research interest is the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. He has received over $10 million in research funding and published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including as the first author in high-impact journals such as JAMA. He is currently funded by Michael Smith Health Research BC and holds a tenure-track faculty position within the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Grunau works closely with BC Emergency Health Services, assisting with research and quality-improvement initiatives for prehospital emergency care.

Dr. Grunau is the co-chair of the CanROC cardiac arrest committee and volunteers for the Heart & Stroke Foundation as a scientific content expert. He has spoken to international audiences, most commonly on the topics of ECPR and intra-arrest transport, and has authored chapters in the core textbooks Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services: Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight.

  • Co-Director, BC Resuscitation Research Collaborative (RESURECT)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Emergency Physician, St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
  • Resuscitation Innovation Lead, Emergency Medicine Network
  • Research Medical Consultant, BC Emergency Health Services