About Us

Dr. Kelly Brown

Current Positions

  • Principle Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Dept. of Pediatrics, UBC
  • Ph.D. UBC
  • ORCiD ID: 0000-0001-5385-3582


Dr. Kelly Brown

Dr. Kelly Brown is a research scientist with a longstanding interest in inflammatory conditions and in particular, those that develop in childhood. She received her early academic training in Canada, studying biochemistry (B.Sc.; thesis supervisor Dr. Jamie K Scott) at Simon Fraser University and immunology (Ph.D.) at the University of British Columbia (UBC; thesis supervisor Dr. Pauline Johnson).

Dr. Brown was a postdoctoral fellow in Vancouver (UBC, Dr. Robert EW Hancock; Child and Family Research Institute, Dr. David P Speert), at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK (Dr. Gordon Dougan) and at The University of Gothenburg in Sweden (Drs. Anna Karlsson, Claes Dahlgren and Johan Bylund).

In 2014 she joined (Assistant Professor) the University of British Columbia Division of Rheumatology within the Department of Pediatrics and established her laboratory in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI) on the campus of the BC Children’s Hospital. As the Division’s first full-time basic scientist, Dr. Brown is a key player in creating the best evidence-based care for children and youth in BC that are affected by rheumatic diseases. Her basic and translational research program in pediatric rheumatology addresses questions derived from clinical problems and considers what matters most to clinicians and patients.

Research goals include improved assessment and management of childhood rheumatic disease by identification and incorporation of sensitive, subclinical (cellular/molecular) measures of inflammatory/immune activity into current clinical scores of disease activity. Trainees under Dr. Brown’s supervision have unique opportunities to work on priority clinical issues in rheumatology and obtain a true bedside-bench-bedside approach for patient-oriented health research.

Honours & Awards

2023 UBC Department of Pediatrics Nominee for a Distinguished Achievement Award for the advancement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness
2022 University of British Columbia Nominee for the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholar Award in the Science Category
2021, 2022 Meritorious Achievement, UBC Department of Pediatrics
2016, 2019, 2024 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Investigator Award
2016 Outstanding Academic Performance, UBC Department of Pediatrics
2016 Michael Smith Foundation for Health and Research Partnered Scholar Award
2013 Translational Medicine Certification Bursary, Dutch Arthritis Foundation
2010 60th Nobel Laureate Meeting attendee (international competition)

Affiliations & Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Associate Member, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Science, UBC
  • Scientist, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Faculty, Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Program
  • Principal Investigator, The Centre for Blood Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Faculty Mentor, Dept. of Integrated Science, Faculty of Science, UBC

List of Affiliations

  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research - BC’s health research funding agency
  • CBR - The Centre for Blood Research
  • UBC
  • BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute