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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

or browse the list of faculty members in various academic units. You may click each unit to view faculty members appointed in that unit. View the full faculty member directory for more search and filter options.
Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Prior, Jerilynn Division of Endocrinology Menstruation, ovulation, osteoporosis, perimenopause, menopause, hot flushes, progesterone, estrogen dominance, women’s health, menopause, birth control pills, breast health, calcium, vitamin D, insulin resistance, eating attitudes/eating restraint, premenstrual symptoms, anovulatory androgen excess (PCOS)
Purssell, Roy Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency medicine, impaired driving, substance abuse, laboratory testing, adverse drug reactions
Puyat, Joseph School of Population and Public Health Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); Epidemiology; Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; Psychopharmacoepidemiology; mental health; Mental Health Services
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Department of Surgery Device development and testing; Long-term survival of donor organs; Interactive teaching program development
Quandt, Jacqueline Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders
Quantz, Darryl Other medical sciences; Social sciences
Quon, Bradley Division of Respiratory Medicine Cystic Fibrosis; Epidemiology; Respiratory System; Proteomics; Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines; biomarker discovery and development; clinical epidemiology; health care economics; medication adherence
Rabkin, Simon Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery Hypertension
Rahmim, Arman Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy Clinical oncology; Medical physics; Physical sciences; Image Reconstruction; Machine learning and radiomics; medical physics; Molecular imaging; Quantitative Imaging; Theranostics
Rathgeber, Steven
Rauscher, Alexander Department of Pediatrics Other physical sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; magnetic resonance imaging; physics; quantitative susceptibility mapping; myelin water imaging; brain; maschine learning
Raymond, Lynn Department of Psychiatry Huntington's Disease
Razack, Saleem Department of Pediatrics Models of Care for Children with Medical Complexity in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Anti-Racism in Medical Education, Professional Socialization for Greater Social Justice
Redekop, Gary Department of Surgery Clinical trials in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, neurosurgery
Regan, William Department of Orthopaedics orthopaedic understanding and treatment of athletic injuries, particularly the elbow, are recognized worldwide
Regier, Dean School of Population and Public Health theories of behavioral economics, personalized medicine, deliberative public engagement methods to inform healthcare priority setting
Reid, Gregor Department of Pediatrics Basic medicine and life sciences; paediatric cancer; cancer immunology; animal models of cancer
Reilly, Christopher Department of Orthopaedics Paediatric spine, Paediatric sports injuries, Paediatric trauma, Medical education
Renouf, Daniel Division of Medical Oncology Developmental Therapeutics; Pancreatic cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Cancer Genomics; Cancer Biomarkers
Renschler, Colby
Rideout, Elizabeth Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Sex differences; Metabolism; Cell Signaling Pathways; Development; Lifespan and Aging; Stress responses; Drosophila melanogaster
Robertson, Andrew
Robillard, Julie Division of Neurology Medical, health and life sciences; Patient experience/patient engagement; eHealth; Assistive technology; Neuroethics; Brain health technology; Artificial Intelligence; Dementia; mental health; Social robots; pediatrics
Robinson, Wendy Department of Medical Genetics Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Early (prenatal) human development; Placenta; Epigenetics; DNA methylation; Sex differences; Mosaicism
Roland, Elke Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Neurology; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Developmental Neurology; Pediatric Neuroscience; Neurological diseases; Clinical Neurology; Neurological disorders

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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: Human Molecular Genetics
UBC Author(s): Lynn Raymond (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09646906
Volume: 33
Page Range: 387-399
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: European Journal of Radiology
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0720048X
Volume: 172
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: American Journal of Surgery
UBC Author(s): Nadine Caron (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00029610
Volume: 229
Page Range: 205-206
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): K Malcolm MacLure (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10443983
Volume: 35
Page Range: 218-231
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Peter Cripton (School of Biomedical Engineering / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01480731
Volume: 146
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08999457
Volume: 34
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Cancer Research
UBC Author(s): Poul Sorensen (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10780432
Volume: 30
Page Range: 1022-1037
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Controlled Release
UBC Author(s): Michael Hayden (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01683659
Volume: 367
Page Range: 27-44
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Advances in Health Sciences Education
UBC Author(s): Kevin Eva (Division of General Internal Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13824996
Volume: 29
Page Range: 349-359
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
UBC Author(s): Christopher Reilly (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02716798
Volume: 44
Page Range: E242-E248
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Molecular biology of the cell
UBC Author(s): Steven Daniel Pelech (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 35
Page Range: ar33
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: The American journal of surgical pathology
UBC Author(s): Amy Jamieson (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 48
Page Range: 373
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Computers in Biology and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Alexander Rauscher (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00104825
Volume: 171
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
UBC Author(s): Kenneth Madden (Division of Geriatric Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Rachel Murphy (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 79
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: The Lancet Global Health
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e382-e395
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Kidney International
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00852538
Volume: 105
Page Range: 464-469
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: The Lancet Neurology
UBC Author(s): Michael Hayden (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14744422
Volume: 23
Page Range: 243-255
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Nature Reviews Nephrology
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17595061
Volume: 20
Page Range: 149-150
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Nephrology
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13205358
Volume: 29
Page Range: 135-142
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Diabetic Medicine
UBC Author(s): Tricia Tang (Division of Endocrinology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07423071
Volume: 41
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
UBC Author(s): Cheryl Lea Wellington (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14346621
Volume: 62
Page Range: 698-705
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Stroke
UBC Author(s): Thalia Field (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00392499
Volume: 55
Page Range: 524-531
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Stroke
UBC Author(s): Thalia Field (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00392499
Volume: 55
Page Range: E91-E106
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Stroke
UBC Author(s): Thalia Field (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00392499
Volume: 55
Page Range: E77-E90
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Revue Neurologique
UBC Author(s): Helen Tremlett (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00353787
Volume: 180
Page Range: 125-140
Publication Date: March 2024

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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
2022 Dr. Wat discovered novel molecular mechanisms showing how males and females store and breakdown fat differently and how fat metabolism is regulated in both sexes. Her research fills a gap in knowledge in the field of metabolism and paves the way for the development of more effective treatments for metabolic diseases for both males and females. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2022 Babies born prematurely are highly vulnerable to infections, but we don't fully understand why. Dr. Michalski discovered that at birth, immune cells of premature babies have low energy usage and that this limits their anti-microbial responses. These responses mature within the first year of life and help premature infants fight infections. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2022 Dr. Tehrani studied how a common class of blood pressure medications can reduce aortic aneurysms in mice by increasing levels of nitric oxide, independently from their blood pressure lowering effects. This research provides new insight on how these medications work in aortic aneurysms and may aid in the development of novel treatments for patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Vandekerkhove developed methods for studying lethal bladder cancer from tumour material circulating in the blood, without the need for invasive tissue biopsy. She utilized this blood-based test to explore tumour features influencing treatment response and resistance. Her research advances personalized medicine for bladder cancer patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2022 Dr. McLeod studied how moving responsibility for healthcare services in BC's provincial prisons to the Ministry of Health affected providers, services, and the health of people who experience incarceration. Her work highlights how integrating prisons with the community healthcare system may help to address health disparities and improve outcomes. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2022 Dr. Dalwadi studied how proteins come together and interact with one another to carry out important functions within the cell. His examination of the 3D shapes of three key protein assemblies help improve our understanding of fundamental cellular functions such as the production of mRNA from genetic DNA and the translation of proteins from mRNAs. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Lim measured real-time brain activation during walking in individuals who have experienced a stroke. They were the first to measure sensorimotor integration regions of the brain during walking in this population. Activation changes were specific to the type of walking task and individuals who performed better showed higher activation levels. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Venkateswaran investigated the role of the interaction of a glutamine transporter with the metabolic enzyme, CA9 in hypoxic solid tumors. Her research work establishes a mechanism by which CA9 utilizes the amino acid, glutamine, to promote tumor growth and identifies novel targets to treat cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Francis investigated the effects of patient-ventilator asynchrony on the structure and function of the diaphragm in mechanically ventilated patients. This study illuminates the role sedation and ventilator settings play in patient-ventilator interaction, and makes recommendations that could improve outcomes in critically ill patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2022 Dr. Tuengel studied age-related development of the immune system and immunity to viruses in a cohort of Ugandan infants.Her research identified how immune cells change with age and viral infections. Her findings increased understanding of healthy immune development during infancy and the changes that occur following viral infections early in life. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

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