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 12,000 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 20 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 more than $1.8B in total research funding since 2016.

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 Facilities

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
Alageel, Mohammed ,
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 Obstetrics and gynecology; Premalignant disease (precursors); Cancer molecular targets; 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 Basic medicine and life sciences; 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 Mobile health (mHealth); Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Patient and citizen engagement research; Physical therapy; Team-based care; Digital health; Person-Centered Care; reablement; Older Adults; built environment; Physical Activity; systematic reviews
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

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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: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
UBC Author(s): Nadia Fairbairn (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03768716
Volume: 232
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Computers in Biology and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00104825
Volume: 142
Publication Date: March 2022

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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: 101
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 300
Page Range: 50-58
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 101
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
UBC Author(s): Manu Sasidharan Madhav (School of Biomedical Engineering / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650270
Volume: 368
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 299
Page Range: 575-584
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 299
Page Range: 393-407
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 299
Page Range: 367-376
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: NeuroImage
UBC Author(s): Tamara Vanderwal (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10538119
Volume: 247
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Pediatric Transplantation
UBC Author(s): Tom Blydt-Hansen (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13973142
Volume: 26
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Pediatric Transplantation
UBC Author(s): Tom Blydt-Hansen (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13973142
Volume: 26
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
UBC Author(s): Neal Shahidi (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15423565
Volume: 20
Page Range: e139-e147
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Histopathology
UBC Author(s): Torsten Nielsen (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03090167
Volume: 80
Page Range: 589-597
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
UBC Author(s): David Kealy (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00365564
Volume: 63
Page Range: 32-38
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Pediatric Surgery International
UBC Author(s): Andrew MacNeily (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01790358
Volume: 38
Page Range: 269-276
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
UBC Author(s): Mahyar Etminan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00316970
Volume: 78
Page Range: 309-310
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Clinical Biomechanics
UBC Author(s): Peter Cripton (School of Biomedical Engineering / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02680033
Volume: 92
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Supportive Care in Cancer
UBC Author(s): Ryan Flannigan (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09414355
Volume: 30
Page Range: 1853-1861
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology
UBC Author(s): Neal Shahidi (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 24681253
Volume: 7
Page Range: 152-160
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
UBC Author(s): David Harriman (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10872418
Volume: 27
Page Range: 75-85
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
UBC Author(s): Jeremy Seamans (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01497634
Volume: 133
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
UBC Author(s): David Richard Kuhl (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09643397
Volume: 68
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Biological Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Michael Kobor (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00063223
Volume: 91
Page Range: 303-312
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22234292
Volume: 12
Page Range: 906-919
Publication Date: February 2022

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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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