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
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Department of Pediatrics Childhood Diseases; Pediatric kidney transplant; Injury phenotype; Rejection; Biomarkers; Metabolomics; Chemokines
Bouchard, Katrina Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinical sexology; Mental health and wellbeing; Sexual identy, sexual attraction and sexual behaviour; Sexual health; sexual response; sexual well-being; women's health; couples
Bowie, William Division of Infectious Diseases infections (travel, sexually transmitted diseases, water borne, vector borne, zoonotic); bioterrorism; antibiotic use; public health issues related to communicable disease; climate change, environmental degredation, inequities and infection, Social, economic and environmental factors which put people at risk for infection
Boyd, Jade Division of Aids
Boyd, Lara Department of Physical Therapy Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Learning; Learning and Memory; Motor System; Motor learning; Neurophysiology; Physiology; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; stroke
Boyd, John Critical Care Medicine The cross-application of techniques from cardiovascular physiology and immunology has resulted in exciting discoveries, including proving for the first time that stimulation of Toll-Like Receptors expressed by cardiac myocytes resulted in cardiac contractile dysfunction
Brauer, Michael School of Population and Public Health Environmental and occupational health and safety; Health sciences; Public and population health; air pollution; built environment; Community Health / Public Health; environmental health; environmental epidemiology; healthy cities; remote sensing
Brigham, Emily Division of Respiratory Medicine
Brinkman, Ryan Department of Medical Genetics Bioinformatics, flow cytometry, high throughput data analysis, data standars, GvHD biomarker identification, cluster identification
Brooks, Donald Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Department of Medical Genetics Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Genomics; cancer families; cancer genetics; genetic susceptibility; human genetics; longevity; Super seniors
Brotto, Lori Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry Human reproduction and development sciences; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Clinical psychology; mindfulness; Sexual Dysfunctions; sexual desire; treatment of sexual concerns; women's sexual health; asexuality; digital health interventions
Brown, Kelly Department of Pediatrics Medical, health and life sciences; childhood rheumatic diseases; Inflammation; phagocytes
Brown, Carolyn Janet Department of Medical Genetics Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Applied Genetics; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; DNA methylation; Epigenetic control of gene expression; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation; Long non-coding RNAs; X-chromosome inactivation; XIST RNA
Brubacher, Jeffrey Department of Emergency Medicine drugs and driving, alcohol impaired driving, road safety
Brunham, Liam Division of General Internal Medicine Medical, health and life sciences; Lipids; Genetics; Pharmacogenomics; Cardiovascular diseases
Brussoni, Mariana Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health Developmental psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Population health interventions; injury prevention; Children's outdoor play; Risky play; Parenting; health behaviour change
Bryan, Stirling School of Population and Public Health Economics of health care, policy, from UK
Buckley, Alan ,
Buckley, Anne Regina Department of Radiology Abdominal Radiology including Ultrasound, CT, and GU Intervention; ultrasound including abdominal, pelvic, transplants, vascular, small parts and ultrasound guided intervention, abdominal CT and CT guided intervention, and
Burgess, Michael School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Health care administration; Health sciences; Public and population health; Applied Ethics; Deliberative Democracy; Ethics and Health; Genetics and Ethics; Health Policy; Individual and Collective Ethics; Participatory research; Public deliberation; Science Policy
Buxton, Jane School of Population and Public Health Epidemiology, harm reduction
Calam, Betty Department of Family Practice medical education; Indigenous health; Decolonizing methodologies; Community‐based participatory projects; Pregnancy and birthing care; Reproductive counselling; Sexual health; Culturally-informed cancer screening; Hospitals & Clinics; Healthcare
Camp, Patricia Department of Physical Therapy Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; E-health; Environment and Respiratory Diseases; Health Care Technologies; health services delivery; Indigneous health; Knowledge translation; Mixed methods; Mobility; Native Health; Physical Activity; pulmonary rehabilitation; rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Telemedicine
Campbell, Kristin Department of Physical Therapy Clinical oncology; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Biomarkers; Breast Cancer; Exercise Physiology; oncology; physical function; Physiology; Quality of Life and Aging; rehabilitation

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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: Cornea
UBC Author(s): Sonia Yeung (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 41
Page Range: 587-592
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Kidney International
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00852538
Volume: 101
Page Range: 1081-1082
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology
UBC Author(s): Chun Yong Seow (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 322
Page Range: L673-L682
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Cancer nursing
UBC Author(s): Ryan Flannigan (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 45
Page Range: E680-E688
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
UBC Author(s): Annalee Yassi (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Jerry Spiegel (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03400131
Volume: 95
Page Range: 825-833
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Neurology
UBC Author(s): Mahyar Etminan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03405354
Volume: 269
Page Range: 2301-2303
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal
UBC Author(s): Bruce Forster (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine), Savvakis Nicolaou (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08465371
Volume: 73
Page Range: 320-326
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Multiple Sclerosis Journal
UBC Author(s): Adele Sadovnick (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13524585
Volume: 28
Page Range: 970-979
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
UBC Author(s): Kim Nguyen Chi (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03445704
Volume: 89
Page Range: 629-641
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Intensive Care Medicine
UBC Author(s): David Patrick (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), James Russell (Critical Care Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03424642
Volume: 48
Page Range: 616-618
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Microsurgery
UBC Author(s): Kathryn Isaac (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07381085
Volume: 42
Page Range: 341-351
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Oncology
UBC Author(s): Juanita Crook (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14702045
Volume: 23
Page Range: 558-560
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
UBC Author(s): Steven J Jones (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15524825
Volume: 188
Page Range: 1589-1594
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Heather Anne McKay (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 19
Publication Date: May-1 2022

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Publication: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
UBC Author(s): Paola Colozzo (Audiology & Speech Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17509467
Volume: 93
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Resuscitation
UBC Author(s): James Christenson (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03009572
Volume: 174
Page Range: 24-30
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Environment International
UBC Author(s): Timothy Oberlander (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Mieke Koehoorn (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01604120
Volume: 163
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Infectious Diseases
UBC Author(s): Pascal Lavoie (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14733099
Volume: 22
Page Range: e143-e152
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
UBC Author(s): Peter C Leung (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 36
Page Range: e22319
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control
UBC Author(s): Martin McKeown (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17468094
Volume: 75
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
UBC Author(s): Jeffrey Brubacher (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07356757
Volume: 55
Page Range: 196-198
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Environment International
UBC Author(s): Michael Kobor (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01604120
Volume: 163
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Pediatric Pulmonology
UBC Author(s): Sharon Dell (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 87556863
Volume: 57
Page Range: 1318-1324
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Pediatric Transplantation
UBC Author(s): Tom Blydt-Hansen (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Timothy Oberlander (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Richard Lester (Division of Infectious Diseases / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13973142
Volume: 26
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Neurobiology of Disease
UBC Author(s): Michael Hayden (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09699961
Volume: 166
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. Park developed a master protocol for an innovative trial design called for an adaptive platform trial that can answer multiple questions for child linear growth research in sub-Saharan Africa. His research established a way to improve the efficiency and long-term sustainability of clinical trial research for global health. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rees examined how cell communication is altered in people with inflammatory bowel disease patients. This alteration in communication drives inflammation and exacerbates disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. To-Miles studied how activities are related to health among people with and without inflammatory arthritis, and how activities and health have changed during COVID-19. Her research provokes further study on the resiliency of the arthritis population and contributes to the fields of arthritis, occupational science, and occupational therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Dr. Chander's dissertation involves the optimization of lipid nanoparticle systems to exhibit improved therapeutic properties like enhanced drug release ability and improved transfection competency in extra-hepatic tissues for both small molecule and nucleic-acid based drugs. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Gladish studied how epigenetics could be involved in the relationship between health disparities and adversity, such as abuse and low socioeconomic status throughout life. She found that several measures of life-long adversity associate with DNA methylation providing insight into the molecular pathways potentially linking adversity and health. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Behar elucidated the evolutionary origin and biological role of the plant cell wall enzymes endo-glucanase 16 in two distantly related plant species, spreading earthmoss and poplar. In the process, she also discovered a new group of proteins that are prevalent in green algae. Her work contributes to the understanding of land plant evolution. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Minh examined how young people from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States differ in their experiences of mental health, education, and work. These comparative studies illuminate the influence that social welfare, education, and labour market systems have on individual mental health and well-being across the life course. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. Leese developed understanding of ethical issues experienced by people with arthritis when using wearable technology in their everyday self-management with a health professional. This research contributes new insight to help develop and implement physical activity programs involving wearable technology in ways that are ethically aware. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Dr. Millington studied sex differences in nutrient-dependent growth using flies as a model. He found that sex-biased changes to insulin signaling in response to nutrients controls male-female differences in growth. As insulin is highly conserved, these results inform our understanding of the sex-biased incidence of metabolic diseases in humans. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
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)

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