Every day across British Columbia, trainees and researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are turning skills into jobs, investments into discoveries, and discoveries into solutions that are transforming health for everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors, health care professionals, and medical researchers, making remarkable discoveries to help create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine offers a diverse array of training opportunities including cutting-edge research experiences in the biosciences, globally recognized population health education, quality health professional training, as well as several certificate and online training options. The Faculty of Medicine is home to more than 1,700 graduate students housed in 23 graduate programs (14 of which offer doctoral research options). Year after year, research excellence in the Faculty of Medicine is supported by investment from funding sources here at home and around the globe, receiving approximately $1.6B in total research funding in the last five years.

We value our trainees and the creative input they have to scholarly activities at UBC. Our priority is to enable their maximum potential through flexible opportunities that provide a breadth of experiences tailored to their own individual career objectives. We maintain high standards of excellence, and work to create a community of intellectually and socially engaged scholars that work collaboratively with each other, the university, and the world, with the overarching goal of promoting the health of individuals and communities.

 

Research Centres

Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of 24 centres and institutes that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.

Centres & Institutes
Research Groups

Research Facilities

The UBC Faculty of Medicine provides innovative educational and research programs in the areas of health and life sciences through an integrated and province-wide delivery model in facilities at locations throughout British Columbia.

The Life Sciences Centre is the largest building on the UBC Vancouver campus. Completed in 2004, the $125 million, 52,165 sq metres building was built to accommodate the distributed medical educational program and the Life Sciences Institute.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), a partnership between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, unites under one roof research and clinical expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology in order to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into better treatment and prevention strategies. DMCBH has both laboratory and clinical research areas within the Centre proper and in the UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion. Our core facilities are essential to ongoing collaboration, teaching, and research.

The BC Children's Hospital Research Institute is it the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada in terms of people, productivity, funding and size. With more than 350,000 square feet of space, the Institute has both 'wet bench' laboratory and 'dry lab' clinical research areas, and other areas to facilitate particular areas of research and training.

Research Highlights

New knowledge and innovation are crucial to successfully identifying, addressing and overcoming the increasingly complex health-related challenges that influence the lives of all of us – in British Columbia, in Canada, and in countries and communities around the globe.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for research innovation that advances knowledge and translates new discoveries to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Research opportunities feature extensive collaborations across other faculties, health institutions and health partners across British Columbia, Canada and internationally.

The Faculty provides and fosters research excellence across the full continuum, from basic science to applied science and then to knowledge implementation, with a focus on precision health; cancer; brain and mental health; heart and lung health; population health; and chronic diseases.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Abu-Laban, Riyad Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency medicine, epidemiology, research education
Accili, Eric Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular pacemaking behavior
Afshar, Kourosh Department of Urologic Sciences Genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant
Allan, Douglas Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Nervous system
Allard, Michael Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Control of energy metabolism in normal and pathologic hearts; Physiologic and Pathologic Cardiac hypertrophy; Contribution of Metabolism to myocardial dysfunction after ischemia and reperfusion, especially in the setting of cardiac hypertrophy; Cardiovascular Pathology
Anglesio, Michael Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Human reproduction and development sciences; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Immunotherapy; animal models of endometriosis and cancer; Cancer prevention; early detection biomarkers; endometriosis associated cancers; gene-expression and transcriptomics; genomics; Immunology; microenvironment; ovarian cancer etiology
Anis, Aslam School of Population and Public Health cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies
Ansermino, John Mark Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Health information systems; Biomedical Technologies; Technological Innovations; Artificial Intellegence; Automation in healthcare; Global Health; Mobile Health; Outcome prediction; Physiological Monitoring; Precision Health; Sepsis in children
Aparicio, Samuel Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Breast cancer, genome sequencing
Arbour, Laura Department of Medical Genetics northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Ashe, Maureen Department of Family Practice Rehabilitation Care and Services; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Care Technologies; Osteoporosis; Older Adults; Physical Activity; tele-rehabilitation; systematic reviews; fracture; built environment
Austin, Jehannine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics Genetics, genomics, genetic counseling, psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health, psychiatry, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, perinatal mental health, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia
Av-Gay, Yossef Division of Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases; Microbiology; drug discovery; Macrophage biology; Tuberculosis
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Division of Rheumatology Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (SARDs); Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE); Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA); Long term effectiveness; Multivariate analyses; Outcomes assessment; Pharmaco-epidemiology
Ayas, Najib Critical Care Medicine Public health and afety consequences of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation
Backman, Catherine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; activity disruption; arthritis; Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; chronic illness; health & well-being; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; occupational balance; rehabilitation; social role participation
Bailey, Anthony Department of Psychiatry Neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches
Balevi, Ben
Bally, Marcel Bertran Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Pancreas centre
Bamji, Shernaz Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; neurodevelopmental disease; primary neuronal cultures; synapse biology; transgenic mouse models
Bansback, Nick School of Population and Public Health inform policies and practices in health through the application of
Baraza, Njalalle
Barbic, Skye Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; assessment; community integration; health and well-being; Implementation Science; Individual Placement Support; measurement; Mental Health and Society; mental health; metrology; Patient Engagement; Rasch Measurement Theory; recovery; Supported Employment; youth
Barr, Alasdair Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology
Bartlett, Karen Hastings School of Population and Public Health Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.

 

Publication: Nitric Oxide - Biology and Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Pascal Bernatchez (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10898603
Volume: 116
Page Range: 27-34
Publication Date: 1 November 2021

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Publication: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
UBC Author(s): Michael Kobor (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10747427
Volume: 185
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
UBC Author(s): Dan Luciani (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03037207
Volume: 537
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Maria Socias (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07405472
Volume: 130
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
UBC Author(s): Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07405472
Volume: 130
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
UBC Author(s): Christopher West (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15699048
Volume: 293
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Clinical Imaging
UBC Author(s): Bruce Forster (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08997071
Volume: 79
Page Range: 230-234
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Urology Case Reports
UBC Author(s): Alexander Wyatt (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22144420
Volume: 39
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Appetite
UBC Author(s): Louise Masse (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01956663
Volume: 166
Publication Date: 1 November 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Judy Illes (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 97
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Daniel Vigo (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 97
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Rita McCracken (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 97
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Urology Case Reports
ISSN: 22144420
Volume: 39
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Annals of Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): David Patrick (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Mohammad Ehsanul Karim (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10472797
Volume: 63
Page Range: 7-14
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 294
Page Range: 597-604
Publication Date: 1 November 2021

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Stirling Bryan (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Nicholas Bansback (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08954356
Volume: 139
Page Range: 1-11
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
UBC Author(s): Roanne Preston (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0959289X
Volume: 48
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
UBC Author(s): Andrei Krassioukov (Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Faculty of Medicine), Christopher West (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15660702
Volume: 235
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Jane Buxton (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 97
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: European Journal of Pharmacology
UBC Author(s): Ismail Laher (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00142999
Volume: 908
Publication Date: 5 October 2021

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Publication: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
UBC Author(s): Stuart Turvey (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 20401744
Volume: 12
Page Range: 811-818
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Lung Cancer
UBC Author(s): Aly Karsan (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01695002
Volume: 160
Page Range: 127-135
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
UBC Author(s): Helene Cote (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00121622
Volume: 63
Page Range: 1161-1170
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Diabetologia
UBC Author(s): James Johnson (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0012186X
Volume: 64
Page Range: 2138-2146
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
UBC Author(s): Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03768716
Volume: 227
Publication Date: 1 October 2021

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2021 Dr. Frew studied a new approach for treating a genetic form of frontotemporal dementia. He created a unique repository of dementia patient-derived stem cell lines that will contribute to the study of neurodegeneration for years to come. His research provides support for continued development and preclinical testing of next generation therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Refaeli showed that the podocalyxin gene is crucial for developing and maintaining the filtration barrier in the kidney. His dissertation advanced the hypothesis that gene-dosage is key to regulating the resilience of renal filtration cells to environmental stress, and contributed novel tools to study renal disease and test novel therapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Tortora focused on PPAR-gamma, a protein involved in the biology of bladder cancer. Through gene editing technology, Dr. Tortora identified molecules regulating PPAR-gamma expression and clarified its effects in tumor development, thus potentially opening new possibilities for bladder cancer treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Prescott studied how people with disabilities navigate their communities. He found barriers in the pedestrian environment that negatively affected their ability to get around, which made it challenging to reach destinations. His research identifies policy and practice changes needed to improve their access to outdoor urban spaces. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Dr. D'Costa demonstrated that some kidney cancer patients can be treated with a drug used in brain tumor therapy for improved response. She also developed a way to group patients and guide the practice of personalized medicine in clinics. Her research may help improve survival and therapy outcomes in kidney cancer patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Coulombe studied endothelial cell signaling in the development of the lung and blood system. His research demonstrated the participation of various cell types and identified pivotal factors in the formation of these organs. His work furthers our understanding of developmental processes, providing insights for therapies and regenerative medicine. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Lu studied the genetic and molecular causes underlying a group of immune disorders called the CBM-opathies. His research improves our understanding of these diseases and informs the diagnosis and treatment of future related patients. Throughout his PhD, he helped genetically diagnose 11 children, which transformed their management and care. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wong studied the molecular interactions involved in the function of CIC, a gene important for suppressing cancer development and progression. He discovered a mechanism that cancers utilize to destabilize CIC, findings of which have implications for drug development and improving treatment options for patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Zhang studied how cancer cells resist treatment in ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers. He showed that although the immune system helps keep this cancer at bay, some cancer cells evade immune cells and cause patient relapse. His research highlights current challenges for immune-based therapies for this cancer and how to overcome them. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2021 People with multiple sclerosis can experience cognitive impairment that severely impacts their lives. Dr. Abel's work showed that multiple sclerosis-related cognitive impairment involves the damage of myelin, a protective coating on nerve fibers in the brain. These findings will help test new myelin therapies for this disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

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