Dr. Patrick McGeer, OC, OBC, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC

Team Lead: Basic Research


Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia



Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research


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Patrick L McGeer, MD,PhD, FRCP(C), FRSC, is a professor emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. He graduated with first class honors in chemistry from UBC in 1948 and received his PhD in chemistry from Princeton University in 1951. He worked for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware from 1951 to 1954, where he met his wife, Dr. Edith McGeer. He then entered medical school receiving his MD from UBC in 1958.


He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia . For many years, he combined his scientific career with politics, serving as an opposition member in the British Columbia Legislature from 1962 to 1975, and as a Minister of the Crown in the British Columbia Cabinet from 1975 to 1986. In Government, he held various portfolios including Education, Universities, Science, Communications and International Trade. While serving in the B.C. Cabinet, he was officially on leave of absence from UBC but continued to work evenings and weekends in the laboratory. During that period he produced some 150 scientific papers and the first edition of the Molecular Biology of the Mammalian Brain with Sir John Eccles and Edith McGeer.


Dr. McGeer has always been interested in sports. He was a conference scoring champion and All-Star basketball player at UBC and his team defeated the Harlem Globe Trotters. He played basketball for Canada’s Olympic team in 1948. He is a member of the UBC Sports Halls of Fame and a team member of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. With his wife, Dr. Edith McGeer, he is the author of over 760 scientific publications.


Drs. Patrick and Edith McGeer now direct the Kinsmen Laboratory research program to eliminate dementia sponsored by the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation program.