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 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
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Breast Cancer, Cancer Genomics, Computational Biology, Digital Pathology, Image Processing, Machine Learning, Ovarian Cancer, Signal Processing

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Recent Publications

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


Publication: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Donald E Griesdale (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08954356
Volume: 126
Page Range: 122-130
Publication Date: October 2020

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Publication: Environmental Research
UBC Author(s): Sunil Kalia (Dermatology & Skin Science / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00139351
Volume: 189
Publication Date: October 2020

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Publication: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
UBC Author(s): Jacqueline Whittaker (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 24688630
Volume: 49
Publication Date: October 2020

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Publication: Experimental Neurology
UBC Author(s): Michael Hayden (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine), Mahmoud Pouladi (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00144886
Volume: 332
Publication Date: October 2020

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Publication: Epilepsy and Behavior
UBC Author(s): Patrick McDonald (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Judy Illes (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15255050
Volume: 111
Publication Date: October 2020

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Publication: Human and Experimental Toxicology
UBC Author(s): Nevio Cimolai (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09603271
Volume: 39
Page Range: 1279-1290
Publication Date: 1 October 2020

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Publication: Transport Reviews
UBC Author(s): William Mortenson (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), William Miller (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01441647
Volume: 40
Page Range: 646-669
Publication Date: 2 September 2020

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Publication: General Hospital Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01638343
Volume: 66
Page Range: 67-69
Publication Date: September - October 2020

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Evan Wood (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 83
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Cell Calcium
UBC Author(s): Brian MacVicar (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01434160
Volume: 90
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
UBC Author(s): Catherine Garnis (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10408428
Volume: 153
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Bone
UBC Author(s): Jerilynn Prior (Division of Endocrinology / Faculty of Medicine), Helene Cote (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 87563282
Volume: 138
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Lung Cancer
UBC Author(s): John Robert Mayo (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01695002
Volume: 147
Page Range: 39-44
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Preventive Medicine Reports
UBC Author(s): Kendall Ho (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 19
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Gait and Posture
UBC Author(s): Michael Anthony Hunt (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09666362
Volume: 81
Page Range: 21-26
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 83
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Brain Stimulation
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1935861X
Volume: 13
Page Range: 1296-1297
Publication Date: September - October 2020

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Publication: Environment International
UBC Author(s): Stuart Turvey (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01604120
Volume: 142
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
UBC Author(s): Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Hubert Wong (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 24518654
Volume: 19
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Pharmacological Research
UBC Author(s): Chun Yong Seow (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10436618
Volume: 159
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Richard Lester (Division of Infectious Diseases / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08954356
Volume: 125
Page Range: 1-8
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 274
Page Range: 593-601
Publication Date: 1 September 2020

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Publication: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
UBC Author(s): Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09277765
Volume: 193
Publication Date: September 2020

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Publication: Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
UBC Author(s): Christopher Richard Honey (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00034894
Volume: 129
Page Range: 849-855
Publication Date: 1 September 2020

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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
2020 Dr. Wu developed a versatile microscope for noninvasive human skin characterization and diagnosis. This microscope provides information on three-dimensional tissue structure, cellular morphology, micro-volume biochemicals, and dynamic physiology, with a large field of view. It was also demonstrated to be useful for precise laser micro-surgery. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Baronas discovered new regulatory mechanisms for a potassium channel involved in severe childhood epilepsy and movement disorders. Her findings demonstrate how a potassium channel can be influenced by its environment, and reveal unexpected ways that electrical signaling in the brain can be regulated and disrupted in neurological diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Nackiewicz studied how immune cells called macrophages contribute to inflammation in insulin-producing islets in type 2 diabetes. She showed that macrophages could either induce or resolve islet inflammation. This work could aid in the design of therapies that may improve function of islet cells in diabetes. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kuhlmann studied how a mutation in the LRRK2 gene and its corresponding protein alters neurotransmission in Parkinson's disease. She found that the mutation disrupts glutamate transmission in young mice, which may contribute to disease onset. A drug targeting LRRK2 function restored normal neurotransmission, suggesting its treatment potential. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mei developed a universal coating that could prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections. With the application of the new coating, interactions between the catheters and urine components can be reduced. This study improves the safety and performance of medical devices, thus improving patients' health. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. McClymont examined multiple aspects of HPV vaccination in women living with HIV. She found that while the vaccine has good efficacy, the post-vaccination burden of oncogenic HPV suggests that cervical screening remains important. These findings will inform the World Health Organization's global strategy for eliminating cervical cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
2020 Dr. ten Brinke examined the effect of lifestyle strategies on cognitive function in older adults. She showed that computerized cognitive training, especially when combined with exercise, improved cognitive function and its brain networks. Overall, her research supports cognitive training as a promising strategy to promote healthy cognitive aging. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2020 Dr. Zarei studied and implemented machine learning techniques for cancer detection, diagnosis, and prognosis. She developed technology to analyze and detect abnormalities in the cervix, and to classify and grade prostate cancer. Her work will ultimately help to reduce healthcare costs and increase patients' quality of life. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Jones characterized the risk factors, dynamics, and consequences of psychosis experienced by adults living in precarious housing in Vancouver over a period of five years. These longitudinal studies contribute to our understanding of how psychotic symptoms evolve over time, and illustrate opportunities for intervention. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Zhao identified patterns of mutations in cancer genomes which can reveal whether cancer cells are repairing their DNA properly. He developed a method to analyze the evolution of these mutation patterns over time. He also showed that certain patterns of mutation predict treatment effectiveness and may help oncologists make clinical decisions. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)

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