Dr. William Panenka is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He obtained his Master’s degree in 2001 with a focus on neuroinflammation after TBI. He went on to do medical residencies in both neurology and psychiatry at UBC followed by a research fellowship in TBI. He became faculty in 2013.
Dr. Panenka founded the Neuropsychiatry concussion clinic at UBC, and is the medical lead of the Fraser Health Concussion clinic, the busiest concussion clinic in the province of British Columbia. He has several active research projects that stem out of these concussion clinics, with local hockey organizations, as well as multiple ongoing collaborations at the local, national, and international levels. He is the provincial lead of Dr. Jamie Hutchison’s (SickKids, Toronto) Brain Canada funded multisite initiative “A National biobank and database for patients with traumatic brain injury – (CAN-TBI)” which recruits TBI of all severities from both level one trauma centers (pediatric and adult) in Vancouver. Dr. Panenka also holds a CIHR operating grant – “Characterization of traumatic brain injury as a contributor to chronic neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive impairment in a marginally housed population” – to study the effects of TBI on the life trajectories of marginalized and homeless individuals.