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
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
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
Basilious, Alfred
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.
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Midwifery Program Human reproduction and development sciences; Perinatal Period; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Developmental Outcomes; Maternal Mental Health; Perinatal Anxiety; Pregnancy Outcomes; Prenatal Cannabis Use
Beasley, Clare Louise Department of Psychiatry identify changes in the brains of individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder that may elucidate the etiology of these disorders and provide clues to novel treatments; white matter pathology and inflammation; effects of antipsychotic medications on the brain
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Other clinical medicine; Endometriosis; Recurrent Pregnancy Loss; Infertility; Minimally Invasive Surgery
Benard, Francois Department of Radiology Medical isotopes Radioisotopes Nuclear Medicine Cancer Imaging Molecular imaging of cancer Radionuclide therapy, Cancer division, radiology, pancreas centre
Benavente, Oscar Division of Neurology Acute Stroke Trials, Secondary stroke prevention
Bennewith, Kevin Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Oncology; Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology; Cancer research; Solid tumour microenvironment; Hypoxia; Metastasis research; Pre-metastatic niche; Targeting hypoxic tumour cells in therapy; Radiation biology
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Healthy Starts; cellular and molecular processes that direct trophoblast cell biology in early placental development; Examining the A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase (ADAM) family in trophoblast biology; Examining the effects of obesity-associated inflammation on the maternal-fetal interface; Identifying gene expression differences in subpopulations of trophoblasts in normal and pathological pregnancies
Berman, Peter School of Population and Public Health Economics; Developing primary care systems; “Resource Tracking and Management” (RTM); Improving health care financing mechanisms; Ethiopia; India; Malaysia
Bernatchez, Pascal Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Cardiovascular diseases; Cardiovascular System; Genetic Diseases; Hypertension; atherosclerosis; angiogenesis; Muscular Diseases; Neuromuscular Diseases; Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis; Lipid Disorders; Pharmacokinetics; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; endothelial dysfunction; endothelium; Inflammation; lipoproteins; Marfan syndrome; muscular dystrophy; nitric oxide; vascular disease
Besserer, Floyd Department of Emergency Medicine
Bettinger, Julie Department of Pediatrics Public and population health; Epidemiology; Vaccination; Infectious diseases; Health Promotion; Community Health / Public Health; Infectious disease epidemiology; vaccine clinical trials; Vaccine hesitancy; vaccine programs; vaccine safety
Bhagavatula, Sastry Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Age-related research, Anesthesiology, plasticity of synaptic transmission, mammalian central nervous system
Birch, Patricia ,
Birol, Inanc Department of Medical Genetics bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, transcriptome analysis, next generation sequencing, cancer, Bioinformatics, sequence assembly, transcriptomics, gene regulation networks, high throughput informatics for big data
Black, Peter Department of Urologic Sciences Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (especially equality rights); Canadian human rights legislation
Black, Charlyn School of Population and Public Health Public and population health; Prevention and reversal of chronic diseases (NCDs); Health information systems; Knowledge translation; Population health; Graduate education; Health services and policy research; Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care
Black, Alexis School of Audiology and Speech Sciences Cognitive sciences
Blanke, Philipp Department of Radiology

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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): Jane Buxton (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03768716
Volume: 235
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01692607
Volume: 219
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
UBC Author(s): Diane Lacaille (Rheumatology Division / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00490172
Volume: 54
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Experimental Eye Research
UBC Author(s): Fabio Rossi (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00144835
Volume: 219
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Schizophrenia Research: Cognition
UBC Author(s): Todd Woodward (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22150013
Volume: 28
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management
UBC Author(s): Marcel F S Dvorak (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine), Charles Fisher (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine), Brian Kwon (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine), John Street (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 28
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Environmental Research
UBC Author(s): Christopher Carlsten (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00139351
Volume: 209
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Canadian Urological Association Journal
UBC Author(s): David Harriman (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine), Christopher Nguan (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19201214
Volume: 16
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Management
UBC Author(s): Sarah Henderson (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03014797
Volume: 311
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Brain Research
UBC Author(s): Jason Barton (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00068993
Volume: 1783
Publication Date: 15 May 2022

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Publication: Cell Host and Microbe
UBC Author(s): Stuart Turvey (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19313128
Volume: 30
Page Range: 650-659
Publication Date: 11 May 2022

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Publication: Nature communications
UBC Author(s): James Johnson (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 13
Page Range: 2590
Publication Date: 5 May 2022

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Publication: Communications biology
UBC Author(s): Darryl Knight (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 5
Page Range: 415
Publication Date: 4 May 2022

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Publication: Respiratory research
UBC Author(s): Christopher Carlsten (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 23
Page Range: 113
Publication Date: 4 May 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Jane Buxton (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e060447
Publication Date: 2 May 2022

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Publication: Experimental Neurology
UBC Author(s): Steven Miller (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00144886
Volume: 351
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Clinical Transplantation
UBC Author(s): David Harriman (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09020063
Volume: 36
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Nature Reviews Urology
UBC Author(s): S Larry Goldenberg (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine), Ali Bashashati Saghezchi (School of Biomedical Engineering / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17594812
Volume: 19
Page Range: 261-262
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Global Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): Charles Fisher (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21925682
Volume: 12
Page Range: 573-578
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Experimental Hematology
UBC Author(s): Constance Jean Eaves (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0301472X
Volume: 109
Page Range: 18-26
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pediatrics
UBC Author(s): Sharon Dell (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223476
Volume: 244
Page Range: 230-233
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
UBC Author(s): Seonaid Nolan (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Lianping Ti (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15443191
Volume: 62
Page Range: 697-700
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Sexual Medicine
UBC Author(s): Lori Brotto Fontana (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17436095
Volume: 19
Page Range: 745-760
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
UBC Author(s): Janice Kwon (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 20050380
Volume: 33
Publication Date: May 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. Kaal examined the care people who survived cancer early in life receive in the BC healthcare system. She found that survivors comparatively receive more care and that coordinating care between different doctors matters in terms of the number of doctor visits and cost of care. This work benefits the growing population of young cancer survivors. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Is exercise good for us? Undoubtedly it is, however, Dr. Morrison found that physically active older individuals can have heart disease and should undergo a cardiac assessment if engaging in vigorous exercise. This research increases heart health awareness in older physically active individuals to prevent adverse heart events during exercise. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Some chemotherapy drugs can severely damage the heart, leading to lifelong heart complications. Dr. Christidi generated heart cells from patients' stem cells to identify ways to predict and prevent chemotherapy induced side effects. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Babaeijandaghi dissected the role of the immune system in muscle regeneration. His work unveiled the therapeutic potential of a new class of immune-modulatory drugs to treat a debilitating genetic muscular disorder called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Basham studied tuberculosis (TB) survivor health, including post-TB mortality, airway disease, cardiovascular disease, and depression. These studies contributed to our understanding of the long-term health outcomes of TB survivors, and the need for person-centred models of TB care. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. Hammond examined changes in the functional properties of human blood stem cells with advancing age. Among his findings was an aging-associated change in the growth-signal requirements and the amount of time required for blood stem cells to divide. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Awad examined sex differences in survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Results showed important variations between men and women in OHCA intervention and outcomes. The findings provided evidence to inform current clinical practice and generate an evidence-based approach to treatment of OHCA, which will lead to saving more lives. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Mitigating the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events in individuals with spinal cord injury is a vital goal of employing rehabilitation strategies. Dr. Alrashidi investigated the effect of two different exercise modalities on various CV parameters. Active arm exercise improved fitness compared to passive leg exercise in this population. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Nastaran developed a new type of cancer immunotherapy and a candidate diagnostic tool for solid tumors by using a protein from the malaria parasite that only targets tumor cells. This research has credentialized a cancer-specific glycosaminoglycan modification for utilization as a target in both cancer therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Kabeer studied the evolutionary history of triple negative breast cancer which is the deadliest of all sub types. Her research used new single-cell sequencing techniques and has altered our fundamental understanding of how cancer subpopulations evolve to create drug resistance under chemotherapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

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