Academic Faculty

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Vivian Huang, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Assistant Professor

Medicine & Dentistry

Medicine

About Me

DEGREES

AIHS clinical research fellow (Advanced IBD clinical and research fellow) - University of Alberta

Master of Science, Experimental Medicine - University of Alberta

Fellowship in Gastroenterology - University of Toronto

Fellowship in Internal Medicine - Queen's University

MD - Queen's University

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration - Simon Fraser University

BSc (Honours Physiology) - University of British Columbia


CURRENT POSITIONS

Assistant Professor and Staff Gastroenterologist, University of Alberta

Training Director, CEGIIR research program, University of Alberta

Founder and Director, CEGIIR Lunch’N’Learn and Observership Series, University of Alberta

Founder and Director, Preconception and Pregnancy in IBD clinical research program, University of Alberta

Co-Founder and Secretary Treasurer, Maternofetal Outcomes Research – Canadian Registry in IBD  (MORe CaRe IBD), National Canadian Pregnancy in IBD Group


CLINICAL and RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Huang's clinical and research interests focus on the management of inflammatory bowel disease, with special focus on the management of IBD during pregnancy.  She is also heavily invested in patient and physician education, as she is a firm believer of P4 medicine - predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory medicine.


Research

PRECONCEPTION and PREGNANCY in IBD clinical research program

1) consultation and research clinic

2) translational "bench-to-bedside" research program

  • "maternal IBD immunologic profile”
  • “biomarkers for predicting disease activity in pregnancy and IBD”
  • “Maternal Offspring Microbiome, Metabolomics and Immunologic profiling in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (MOM MII) 

3) knowledge translation – outreach program

    • "Improving Knowledge Regarding Pregnancy and IBD"


    OPTIMIZING BIOMARKERS and BIOLOGICS in the MANAGEMENT OF IBD clinical research program

    1) using fecal calprotectin as a biomarker for IBD, and to optimize medications for IBD

    2) assessing biologics and biologic drug levels in the management of IBD



    Teaching

    Dr. Huang teaches patients, physicians, undergraduate students, medical students, medical and subspecialty residents, fellows, colleagues, and anyone who wishes to learn.  She mentors students, residents, and other research trainees.

    In 2015, Dr. Huang developed the first CEGIIR Lunch'N'Learn and Observership series for research trainees in the University of Alberta Division of Gastroenterology summer research student program.  She aims to encourage interest in translational research among the young future researchers, with focus on building collaborations between clinicians, clinician scientists, and basic scientists.  The series was held over May to August 2015 and involved guest speakers covering topics ranging from IBD to hepatitis.  Students who were interested in observerships were matched to a clinician and/or basic scientist to observe for at least half a day.  In addition, the series was opened up to and well attended by clinicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, and administration.  Dr. Huang will be hosting this series again for summer 2016.

    Dr. Huang also presents at various medical conferences on the management of IBD during pregnancy, teaching clinicians about IBD management.