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Dr. Philip A. Barber


Associate Professor


Office: HSC 2029
Lab: HSC B153 

3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1

Research Activities: 

Dr. Barber is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary where he co-directs the Stroke Prevention Clinic and is a member of the Calgary Stroke Program.

Dr Barber’s major interests are dementia and infarct maturation. He is researching preclinical detection of dementia in subjects at risk of the condition many years before it develops. Dr. Barber is the Principal Investigator of the Predementia Neuroimaging of Transient Ischemic Attack (PREVENT). This research uses neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid markers of Alzheimers disease to investigate the effects vascular risk factors and stroke on structural changes of the brain that lead to whole brain and regional brain atrophy in healthy populations and in patients with transient ischemic attack. He is also interested in lesion growth following stroke treatments and is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada.

Dr. Barber received the degree of MB ChB from the University of Sheffield in 1991, following which he undertook General Medical Training in the United Kingdom prior to completing Neurology Specialist Training at the University of Manchester, UK in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary in 2003. His postdoctoral research led to him receiving the Doctorate of Medicine (PhD Equivalent) from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2005. Dr. Barber’s awards include New Investigator Awards for CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation of Medical Research. He was awarded the Henry JM Barnett Research Scholarship Award by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in 2005, for being the most promising Young Stroke Investigator in Canada. He is an Assistant Editor at Neurology Frontiers.

Please note: Dr. Barber is not accepting student applications at this time

Research Areas: 
infarct maturation

Dr. Barber has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. PubMed