Biography

Dr. Fraser received his MD/PhD in Physiology and Biophysics (Neuroscience Research Group) at the University of Calgary. Pre-doctoral Studentships were awarded to Dr. Fraser from the MRC, the AHFMR and the Savoy Foundation. Post-doctoral Fellowship awards were then obtained from the MRC, AHFMR, NSERC and Epilepsy Canada.

He subsequently trained in Pediatrics at Queen’s University, and then he received clinical fellowship training at the University of Ottawa in Critical Care Medicine. Prestigious training research awards were received by Dr. Fraser from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Fraser is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Fellowship in the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

Profession

Critical Care/Trauma Medicine

Appointments

Consultant - Pediatric Critical Care/Trauma Medicine
Associate 
Professor - Pediatrics, Physiology/Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University 
Clinician Scientist - Children’s Health Research Institute and Centre for Critical Illness Research
Director - Translational Research Centre

Administrative Support

Voula Ntanos (x58052)

Website

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Children's health
Neurological disorders
Trauma

Research Overview

Dr. Fraser’s research is focused on determining the epidemiology and cellular mechanisms underlying acquired brain injury in trauma, diabetic ketoacidosis and severe sepsis. His current thrust is to determine if/how systemic inflammation causes breakdown of the blood brain barrier and subsequent brain dysfunction. This work includes mouse disease models complemented with use of human tissues for well-controlled in vitro laboratory studies.

In parallel, clinical and biomarker experiments are determining the sensitivity and specificity for prognosticating severity of acquired brain injuries. Dr. Fraser is currently supported by grants from the CIHR, HSFO, PSI Foundation, OBI, AMOSO Innovation Fund and Children’s Health Foundation.

Publications

Keywords

Pediactrics, Neuro-Critical Care, Acquired brain injury