Brian Rowe

Dr. Brian H. Rowe, MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP, FCAHS

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)
CIHR Scientific Director, Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN)
AHSTier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta, 1G1.43 WMC, 8440-112 Street NW
780-407-6707
Brian.Rowe@ualberta.ca


Research Interests

Dr. Rowe is a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta and a clinical Emergency Physician at the University of Alberta Hospital, both in Edmonton, Alberta. He obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa in 1984, and completed training in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1987. Dr. Rowe’s research training is in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and his interests include systematic reviews, clinical trials, airway diseases (e.g., asthma, COPD, community acquired pneumonia), and injury prevention. He was the Research Director of the Division/Department of Emergency Medicine from 1997 to 2012 and was appointed Professor in 2003. In April of 2001 and 2006, Dr. Rowe was awarded a 21st Century Tier II Canada Research Chair in Emergency Airway Diseases, a salary award which runs for 5 years and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2012, he was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. He was the Associate Dean (Clinical Research) for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta (2010-2014) and is the Scientific Director for the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN) in Alberta Health Services (2013-2017). Dr. Rowe contributes to the Airways Review Group (www.cochrane-airways.ac.uk) of the Cochrane Collaboration as a Co-editor and as an author and reviewer. He is the lead author of the text book entitled Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. In 2016, he was appointed as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) at CIHR. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and community service awards and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Finally, he is cross-appointed in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Highlighted Publications (past 3 years)

For a complete list of publications, click here.

Current Sources of Funding

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Alberta Innovated Health Solutions (AIHS)
  • Merck Canada
  • Government of Canada

Grants:

  1. Principal Investigator: ED-directed interventions to improve outcomes after asthma exacerbations. CIHR. April 2012-October 2014. ($445,000 over 2.5 years).
  2. Co-Investigator (PI: Eddy Lang, University of Calgary). Improving stewardship of diagnostic imaging resources in Alberta emergency departments. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Jan 2014-Mar 2017 ($748,376 over 3 years).
  3. Co-Investigator (PI: Sean Bagshaw, University of Alberta). Identifying and Measures Intensive Care Unit Capacity Strain in Alberta. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Jan 2014-Dec 2016 ($743,818 over 3 years).
  4. Co-Investigator (PI: Neil Drummond, University of Alberta). Operating Grant: The Alberta SPOR Primary Care and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Application. CIHR. April 2014-March 2015. ($74,570 over 1 year).
  5. Co-Investigator (PI: Cummings G {Nursing}, University of Alberta): Determinants and critical points in decision-making around transferring a nursing home resident to the Emergency Department. Network of Excellence in Seniors' Health and Wellness (Covenant Health). April 2014. ($100,000/year X 2 years).
  6. Co-Investigator (PI: Rhonda Rosychuk; University of Alberta). Differences in emergency department visits for asthma: does sex matter? Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). June 06, 2014. ($50,000/year X 1 year).
  7. Principal Investigator: Validity and frequency of surveillance for occupational illnesses and injuries in Emergency Departments (Research Proposal). Government of Alberta. April, 2014. ($200,000 over 1 year).
  8. Principal Investigator. Development, implementation and evaluation of the impact of a Choosing Wisely list of tests and interventions for Emergency Departments in Alberta. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Apr 2015-Mar 2018 ($250,000/year for 3 years).
  9. Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Stickland, Michael; University of Alberta). Developing and assessing the effectiveness of a post-discharge care pathway to reduce emergency department re-visits and hospital re-admission rates for patients with COPD. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Apr 2015-Mar 2018 ($749,379 over 3 years).
  10. Co-Investigator (PI: Andrew Cave; University of Alberta). Primary Care Pathway for Childhood Asthma. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Jan 2015-Dec 2017 ($250,000/year for 3 years).
  11. Co-Investigator (PI: Lisa Hartling; University of Alberta). Outcomes in Child Health: A qualitative study of social media for stakeholder engagement. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Knowledge-to-Action Grant. Feb 2015-Jan 2016 ($25,000).
  12. Co-Investigator (PI: Neil Drummond; University of Alberta). Alberta Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network: CIHR/SPOR Application. CIHR. 2015-2020 (100,000/year X 5 years).
  13. Principal Investigator. SCN Research Network Evaluation Program. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Strategic Initiative – Knowledge Translation. Sept 2014-Jun 2015 ($10,000). 
  14. Co-Investigator (PI: Cummings GG; University of Alberta). Development of Quality Indicators for Older Persons' Transitions across Care Settings: A Systematic Review and Delphi Process. Knowledge Synthesis Grant: CIHR 2016-2017 ($100,000 X 1 year; submitted).
  15. Co-Investigator (PI: Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy; University of Ottawa). Optimal management of low-risk syncope patients (SRG-15-P10-001) CANet Network Centre of Excellence. $730,344 (Aug 2015 to July 2018).
  16. Co-Investigator (PI: Perry J, University of Ottawa): A randomized controlled comparison of electrical versus pharmacological cardioversion for Emerency Department patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation. CIHR. July 2015-June 2018 ($1,091,193 over 3 years).
  17. Co-Investigator (PI: Ezekowitz J, University of Alberta). HI-Lo HF Trial. Seed Grant, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta. July 2015-2016 ($45,000 over 1 year).
  18. Collaborator (Co-PIs: Hutchinson JS, Turgeon AF). Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC). CIHR. Dec 2015-Nov 2019 ($1,824,513).
  19. Co-Investigator (PI: Hagel B, University of Calgary). A New Approach for Determining the Cause of Motor Vehicle Related Paediatric Bicycling Injuries. Department of Pediatrics 2015 Innovation Awards Competition. 2016-2017 ($18,825 over 1 year)

Current Research Personnel

  • Cristina Villa-Roel, MD, MSc, PhD (Candidate)
  • Natalie Runham, BScN, RN
  • Scott Kirkland, BSc, MSc
  • Chris Alexiue, BSc
  • Stephanie Couperthwaite, BA
  • Lindsay Lovstrom, BSc, MSc
  • Justin Lowes, BSc
  • Pamela Pang, BScN, RN
  • Pamela Chow, BScN, RN

Current Graduate Students (Funding)

  • Lynette Krebs, MSc
  • Cristina Villa-Roel – PhD (CIHR)
  • Laura Rodriquez – PhD (Colombian Government)
  • Katelynn Crick - PhD (Various)
  • Mr. Ferdinard Okpere – MSc (EMeRG)