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CIHR Skin Research Training Centre
Core Mentors: Dr. Sunil Kalia
Sunil Kalia, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor
UBC Division of Dermatology and Skin Sciences
Vancouver, BC

835 West 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E8
Tel: 604-875-4747
Fax: 604 873-9919
Email: sunil.kalia@ubc.ca


1999-2002 BSc, University of Calgary
2002-2005 MD, University of Calgary
2006-2008 MHSc, University of British Columbia
2005-2010 Residency, University of British Columbia

Awards and honors

2007  Canadian Dermatology Association Best Presentation Award for Canadian Society of Dermatology
2007  Women’s Dermatology Society – Mentorship Award
2008  American College Member In Training Scholarship
2008  International Dermatoepidemiology Association Scholarship
2008  Pacific Dermatology Association Travel Award for Case Presentation
2008  Rothman Epidemiology Award
2008  International Pigment Cell Conference Travel Award
2009  American Contact Dermatitis Society Mentorship Award
2009  American Society of Dermatology Surgery Mentorship Award
2009  International Congress of Dermatology Travel Award
2009  Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Award
2010  Canadian Dermatology Foundation: Frederick Kalz Award
2011  CIHR Institute of Cancer Research: New Principal Investigator Travel Award
2012  CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health: New Principal Investigatory Travel Award

Grant Support

Canadian Dermatology Foundation
Canadian Dermatology Association
La Roche Posay Research Foundation          

Research interest

- Examining the epidemiology of skin cancer in the general population and identifying high risk population groups
Skin cancer prevention
- Using national surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, I have examined skin cancer prevention behaviours practiced by Canadians
- Using imaging to differentiate skin cancer from benign lesions

Selected recent publications

  1. Kalia S, Haiducu ML. The burden of skin disease in the United States and Canada. Dermatol Clin. 2012 Jan; 30(1):5-18, vii.
  2. Zandi S, Kalia S, Lui H. UVA1 Phototherapy: A concise and practical review. Skin Therapy Letter. 2012 Jan; 17(1). 2-4.
  3. Kalia S, Haiducu ML. Sunscreen and Sun Protection: Shedding Light on Recent Advances. JCMS. 2011 Dec;15(6); 214-18.
  4. Kalia S, McLean D. Community Programs in Reducing Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure. JCMS. 2011 Dec; 15(6): 223-27.
  5. Tierney EP, Kalia S, Kimball AB. Assessment of incentives for student loan debt repayment among recent dermatology residency graduates. Arch Dermatol. 2009 Feb;145(2):208-9.
  6. Kalia S, Dutz JP. New concepts in antimalarial use and mode of action in dermatology. Dermatol Ther. 2007 Jul-Aug;20(4):160-74.
  7. Bruecks AK, Kalia S, Trotter MJ. Overexpression of p27KIP1 in seborrheic keratosis. J Cutan Med Surg. 2007 Sep-Oct;11(5):174-8.
  8. Kalia S, Adams S. Dermacase: Sneddon-Wilkinson. Can Fam Physician. 2007 Jan;53(1):37, 49.
  9. Freiman A, Kalia S, O’Brien E. Dermatology Signs. J Cutan Med Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug;10(4):175-82.
  10. Kalia S, Adams S. Dermacase: Minocyclin Induced Hyperpigmentation. Can Fam Physician. 2006 May;52:595-6.
  11. Kalia S, Adams S. Dermacase: Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis. Can Fam Physician. 2005 Sep;51:1203, 1213.
  12. Kalia S, Adams S. Dermacase: Trichotillomania. Can Fam Physician. 2005 Apr;51:509-10.
  13. Kalia S, Adams S. Dermacase: Allergic Contact Dermatitis. Can Fam Physician. 2004 Apr;50:553, 557.
  14. Kapoor M, Curle CA, Kalia S, Achari Y. Minimal promoter for the NAD+-specific glutamate dehydrogenase gene of Neurospora crassa. Biochem Cell Biol 2002; 80:177-188.

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