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 and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to 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. Faculty of Medicine is home to more than 1,700 graduate students housed in 28 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 $1.3B in total research funding in the last four 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.
Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of six institutes and 17 centres that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.
- Biomedical Research Centre
- BC Centre on Substance Use
- Centre for Blood Research
- Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
- Centre for Health Education Scholarship
- Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
- Centre for Health Services & Policy Research
- Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
- Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
- Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
- Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
- Human Early Learning Partnership
- International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
- Centre for Disease Control
- Vancouver Prostate Centre
- W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
- Women's Health Research Centre
- BC Cancer Agency
- BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
- Institute of Mental Health
- Providence Health Care Research Institute
- Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
- Life Sciences Institute
- Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre
- BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
- Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention
- Chronic Disease Prevention Program
- MRI Research Centre
- National Core for Neuroethics
- OVCARE (BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Team)
- Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
- PC-TRiADD (Prostate Centre’s Translational Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development)
- Stone Centre
- Vancouver Stroke Program
- Women’s Health Research Institute
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 Point Grey campus. Completed in 2004, the $125 million, 52,165 sq metres building was built to accommodate the distributed medical educational program – which has nearly doubled the number of medical school graduates in the province to 224 – 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 Child & Family 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 264,000 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.
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
|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||Cancer of the Reproductive System, Host-Tumour Interaction, Endometriosis, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Immunotherapy, microenvironment, endometriosis associated cancers, immunology, genomics, gene-expression and transcriptomics, cancer prevention, ovarian cancer etiology, early detection biomarkers, animal models of endometriosis and cancer|
|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||Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Health Information Systems, Biomedical Technologies, Technological Innovations, Global Health, Physiological Monitoring, Precision Health, Mobile Health, Outcome prediction, Sepsis in children, Artificial Intellegence, Automation in healthcare|
|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||Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being, occupational therapy|
|Bailey, Anthony||Department of Psychiatry||Neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches|
|Bally, Marcel Bertran||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine||Pancreas centre|
|Bamji, Shernaz||Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering||synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic mouse models, neurodevelopmental disease|
|Bansback, Nick||School of Population and Public Health||inform policies and practices in health through the application of|
|Barbic, Skye||Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy||Mental Health and Society, mental health, measurement , recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory, Implementation Science, Patient Engagement, Supported Employment, Individual Placement Support, assessment, health and well-being, metrology, occupational therapy, 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|
|Barton, Jason||Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences||face perception, object recognition, eye movements, higher visual function, Human vision and eye movement|
|Bassett, Ken||Department of Family Practice||Gender and Blindness: testing gender specific community interventions in Upper Egypt, an assessment of community ophthalmology projects in Central India, as well as community ophthalmology projects in Nepal and Tanzania.|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Induction of wild-type SOD1 misfolding, aggregation and its cell-to-cell propagation (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
The neurosurgical treatment of spasmodic dysphonia : thinking outside the voice box (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
Temporal trends in the treatment complexity of colorectal cancer at BC Cancer between 2000 and 2012 (Population and Public Health - MSC)
Hyperactivation of ERK1/2 by DUSP6 inhibition leads to lethality in lung adenocarcinoma (Interdisciplinary Oncology - MSC)
PI3Kp110δ drives Crohn’s disease-like intestinal fibrosis in SHIP-/- mice (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
Molecular roles of Lysyl Oxidase-Like 3 (LOXL3) in melanoma proliferation and progression (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
The influence of the immune system on acute lymphoblastic leukemia progression (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
Regulation of IAPP transcription by spliced XBP1 (Neuroscience - MSC)
Understanding the perceptions of people with physical disability before and after an employment mentorship program (Rehabilitation Sciences - MSC)
Functional brain network activity predicts behaviour in schizophrenia (Neuroscience - MSC)
The role of lipids and PCSK9 in long-term outcomes of sepsis (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
Delivery of Messenger RNA to platelets using lipid nanoparticles (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - PHD)
Application of myelin water imaging to detect diffuse white matter damage in multiple sclerosis (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
What's the ideal scooter? Stakeholders' perspectives on enhancing the usability and safety of motorized mobility scooters (Rehabilitation Sciences - MSC)
Small for gestational age trends in Canada from 2000-2016 : an analysis of individual-level factors and the minimum wage (Population and Public Health - MSC)
Countervailing, time-dependent effects on host autophagy promote the intracellular survival of leishmania (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
Risk of acute angle closure glaucoma with triptan use in migraine patients : a nested case control study (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
Characterization of the cricket paralysis virus 3C protease and its substrate specificity (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - MSC)
Recent trends in cancer screening uptake amongst immigrants in Canada between 2005-2015 (Population and Public Health - MSC)
Enhancing the anti-cancer T cell response via a biomanufactured, acellular, pro-inflammatory, secretome-based immunotherapeutic (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - PHD)
Inter-aural difference norms for wideband absorbance (WBA) : potential for identifying otosclerosis (Audiology and Speech Sciences - MSC)
Auditory function in Parkinson's disease : preliminary findings (Audiology and Speech Sciences - MSC)
The influence of the prospective outcomes and support initiatives (POSI) on the radiation therapist's role in clinical practice (Interdisciplinary Oncology - MSC)
The FUS-DDIT3 interactome in myxoid liposarcoma (Interdisciplinary Oncology - PHD)
Primary Care Innovation Support Unit takes on team-based care
The Department of Family Practice’s Primary Care Innovation Support Unit was launched in 2018, thanks to the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Investment Fund. The Department of Family Practice’s Primary Care Innovation Support Unit was launched in 2018, thanks to the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic...
Neuroethics to form foundation of multi-pillar Canadian Brain Research Strategy
A new Canada Brain Research Strategy, highlighted for the first time in a series of five papers in the journal Neuron, offers four strategic pillars. A new Canada Brain Research Strategy, highlighted for the first time in a series of five papers in the journal Neuron, offers four strategic pillars.
Bob Bluman receives the 2019 Doug Cochrane Leadership in Quality Award
Dr. Bob Bluman has been awarded the 2019 Doug Cochrane Leadership in Quality Award from the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. Dr. Bob Bluman has been awarded the 2019 Doug Cochrane Leadership in Quality Award from the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.