Dr. Kwon is the Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury and a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
As a surgeon-scientist, he is particularly interested in the bi-directional process of translational research for spinal cord injury – both “bench to bedside” and “bedside back to bench”. He has worked extensively on establishing biomarkers of human SCI to facilitate human trials and is leading a national biobanking effort in acute SCI. In his laboratory he has developed novel preclinical small and large animal models of SCI that can serve as the testing ground for therapeutic strategies and for conducting bedside back to bench translational studies. He has also led initiatives to establish a framework for how promising therapies for SCI should be evaluated in the laboratory setting prior to translation into human patients.