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William Panenka

Primary Area of Research: Brain, Behaviour & Development
Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
M.Sc., MD, FRCPC (Neurology), FRCPC (Psychiatry)

Email: wpanenka@mail.ubc.ca
Phone: 604-822-7549

Research Areas
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neuroimaging
  • Addictions
  • Psychosis
  • Homeless

About Dr. Panenka

As a clinical researcher my main goals over the next five years are to continue my work with the homelessness in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, and set up a mild traumatic brain injury research program at the University of British Columbia. 

Vancouver’s downtown eastside is home to our most vulnerable population, characterized by a mixture of primary psychiatric illness and refractory addictions. As part of a large team led by Dr. Bill Honer (Head of Psychiatry) we recruit individuals housed in single room occupancy hotels who then undergo detailed medical and psychiatric testing, including brain MRI. This is a longitudinal study that follows approximately 500 individuals for up to 5 years. The data generated is important to policy makers and to science. There are a multitude of opportunities to explore psychiatric and neurological illness from many angels within this study.

My lab is concurrently funded by CIHR and Brain Canada to study traumatic brain injury. We are building a strong team that includes multiple researchers from multiple disciplines here at UBC and abroad. Under the umbrella of the BC Neuropsychiatry program we have recently started the “Neuropsychiatry Concussion Clinic” for those individuals with symptoms that do are not resolving following head trauma. This clinic and others serve as recruitment sites for research studies that focus on the development of biomarkers in concussion, which simply put means finding cognitive, imaging, and blood markers that may predict outcome and response to treatment in those with brain injuries.

Recent publications

View Dr. Panenka's recent publications on ORCID

Selected Publications

Rapid Change in Fentanyl Prevalence in a Community-Based, High-Risk Sample.
Jones AA, Jang K, Panenka WJ, Barr AM, MacEwan GW, Thornton AE, Honer WG.
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Mar 1;75(3):298-300. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4432. No abstract available. 
PMID: 29387869

Perceived Injustice and Its Correlates after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Iverson GL, Terry DP, Karr JE, Panenka WJ, Silverberg ND.
J Neurotrauma. 2018 Mar 1. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5402. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 29239280

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is associated with baseline child sport concussion assessment tool third edition scores in child hockey players.
Collings LJ, Cook NE, Porter S, Kusch C, Sun J, Virji-Babul N, Iverson GL, Panenka WJ.
Brain Inj. 2017;31(11):1479-1485. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2017.1377351. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
PMID: 28980829

Traumatic Brain Injury in a Community-Based Cohort of Homeless and Vulnerably Housed Individuals.
Schmitt T, Thornton AE, Rawtaer I, Barr AM, Gicas KM, Lang DJ, Vertinsky AT, Rauscher A, Procyshyn RM, Buchanan T, Cheng A, MacKay S, Leonova O, Langheimer V, Field TS, Heran MK, Vila-Rodriguez F, O'Connor TA, MacEwan GW, Honer WG, Panenka WJ.
J Neurotrauma. 2017 Dec 1;34(23):3301-3310. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5076. Epub 2017 Sep 25.
PMID: 28741437

Autoreactivity to Sulfatide by Human Invariant NKT Cells.
Stax AM, Tuengel J, Girardi E, Kitano N, Allan LL, Liu V, Zheng D, Panenka WJ, Guillaume J, Wong CH, van Calenbergh S, Zajonc DM, van den Elzen P.
J Immunol. 2017 Jul 1;199(1):97-106. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1601976. Epub 2017 May 19.
PMID: 28526683

The Hotel Study-Clinical and Health Service Effectiveness in a Cohort of Homeless or Marginally Housed Persons.
Honer WG, Cervantes-Larios A, Jones AA, Vila-Rodriguez F, Montaner JS, Tran H, Nham J, Panenka WJ, Lang DJ, Thornton AE, Vertinsky T, Barr AM, Procyshyn RM, Smith GN, Buchanan T, Krajden M, Krausz M, MacEwan GW, Gicas KM, Leonova O, Langheimer V, Rauscher A, Schultz K.
Can J Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;62(7):482-492. doi: 10.1177/0706743717693781. Epub 2017 Feb 15.
PMID: 28199798

A comparison of psychotic symptoms in subjects with methamphetamine versus cocaine dependence.
Alexander PD, Gicas KM, Willi TS, Kim CN, Boyeva V, Procyshyn RM, Smith GN, Thornton AE, Panenka WJ, Jones AA, Vila-Rodriguez F, Lang DJ, William MacEwan G, Honer WG, Barr AM.
Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 May;234(9-10):1535-1547. doi: 10.1007/s00213-017-4551-7. Epub 2017 Feb 11.
PMID: 28190084

Cogniphobia in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Silverberg ND, Iverson GL, Panenka W.
J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jul 1;34(13):2141-2146. doi: 10.1089/neu.2016.4719. Epub 2017 Feb 27.
PMID: 28114873

Systematic Review of Genetic Risk Factors for Sustaining a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Panenka WJ, Gardner AJ, Dretsch MN, Crynen GC, Crawford FC, Iverson GL.
J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jul 1;34(13):2093-2099. doi: 10.1089/neu.2016.4833. Epub 2017 Feb 27.
PMID: 28100103

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