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
Carleton, Bruce Department of Pediatrics Pharmacogenomics; Adverse drug reactions (ADRs); Drug safety and effectiveness; Clinical pharmacology; Pharmacovigilance
Carlsten, Christopher Division of Respiratory Medicine Environment and Respiratory Diseases
Caron, Nadine Department of Surgery health policy; special health needs and disparities of rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities.
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Molecular neuroscience; Mathematical modelling and simulation; Mechanisms of memory in the brain; Anxiety; Big Data; Bioinformatics; Cell types; Computation; CRISPR-Cas9; Fear; Genetics; modeling; Neural circuits; neuroscience; Neuroscience of memory; PTSD; RNAseq
Chakrabarty, Trisha Department of Psychiatry Cognitive dsyfunction; Virtual reality cognitive retraining; Bipolarity; Psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders
Cheifetz, Rona Department of Surgery Surgical oncology; Education
Cherkasov, Artem Department of Urologic Sciences Drug design; Bioinformatics, Molecular modeling; Proteomics; Artificial intelligence; Antibiotics
Cheung, Karen School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; additive manufacturing; BioMEMS; Biomedical Technologies; biosensors; microfluidics; neural interfaces; organ-on-chip; Tissue Engineering
Chew, Ben Department of Urologic Sciences how kidney stones form and in particular intestinal absorption of minerals that can form kidney stones (calcium and oxalate); genetically modifying bacteria normally used to make yogurt to express a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down oxalate, thus preventing its absorption into the body where it can combine with calcium to form kidney stones.
Chi, Kim Nguyen Division of Medical Oncology Thrombosis in cancer patients, methemoglobinemia, hemolysis, anticancer drugs, prostate cancer, chemotherapy, cell cancer, breast cancer
Chia, Stephen K.L. Division of Medical Oncology Breat tumour and cancer
Chin, Chris ,
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Anesthesiology, peroperative medicine, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, research education
Christenson, James Department of Emergency Medicine Resuscitation; sudden cardiac death; chain of survival; out of hospital cardiac arrest; emergency medical services
Chung, Stephen Department of Surgery Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, transplantation, transplant immunology
Churg, Andrew Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Lung disease
Cibere, Jolanda Division of Rheumatology Rheumatology; early osteoarthritis; magnetic resonance imaging in osteoarthritis; biomarkers in osteoarthritis; progression of early osteoarthritis; clinical detection of early osteoarthritis
Ciernia, Annie Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biochemistry; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; Brain development; Epigenetics; Gene-Environment Interactions; Neurodevelopmental disorders
Cimolai, Nevio Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Infection control, ethics in hospital administration and public medical institutions
Ciocca, Valter School of Audiology and Speech Sciences Auditory System; Perception and Representation; Recognition of Speech; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Auditory grouping of speech and non-speech sounds, also known as "auditory scene analysis"; perception and production of normal and disordered speech
Collet, Jean-Paul
Collins, Colin Department of Urologic Sciences translational genomics where mathematics, genomics, computer science, and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics
Colozzo, Paola School of Audiology and Speech Sciences Developmental language disorders; language and cognition; discourse, assessment and intervention for children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
Conibear, Elizabeth Department of Medical Genetics Other basic medicine and life sciences; Protein trafficking in cell biology; Molecular genetics; Functional genomics; Membranes; Enzymes and Proteins; Vesicle Trafficking; Molecular Genetics; Neurodegenerative diseases; Protein Palmitoylation; Cell Signaling and Cancer
Conway, Edward Division of Hematology Translational research, blood, hemostasis-thrombosis, transfusion, coagulation, hematology, transgenic mice, vascular biology, endothelial, immunity, bleeding, thrombosis, arthritis, Coagulation, innate immunity, endothelial medicine, inflammation, cardiovascular disease

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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: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Ian Pike (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 19
Publication Date: May-1 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
UBC Author(s): Christopher Reilly (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02716798
Volume: 42
Page Range: 280-284
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Drug and Alcohol Review
UBC Author(s): Reinhard Krausz (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Kerry Jang (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09595236
Volume: 41
Page Range: 895-901
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Experimental Dermatology
UBC Author(s): Jan Peter Dutz (Dermatology & Skin Science / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09066705
Volume: 31
Page Range: 753-763
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: CJC Open
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine), John Webb (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 4
Page Range: 509-511
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
UBC Author(s): Andrew Churg (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 19
Page Range: 720-722
Publication Date: 1 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: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
UBC Author(s): Jerilynn Prior (Division of Endocrinology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08840431
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1075-1076
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Gynecologic Oncology
UBC Author(s): Jessica McAlpine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00908258
Volume: 165
Page Range: 376-384
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of General Internal Medicine
UBC Author(s): Anshula Ambasta (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08848734
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1444-1449
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
UBC Author(s): Juanita Crook (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10781439
Volume: 40
Page Range: 184-190
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Gastroenterology
UBC Author(s): Neal Shahidi (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 162
Page Range: 1776-1777
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
UBC Author(s): Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 205
Page Range: e18-e47
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
UBC Author(s): Donald Sin (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22132600
Volume: 10
Page Range: 426-428
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
ISSN: 1936878X
Volume: 15
Page Range: 875-887
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: World Neurosurgery
UBC Author(s): Stephen Yip (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 18788750
Volume: 161
Page Range: e748-e756
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Physical Therapy in Sport
UBC Author(s): Jacqueline Whittaker (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1466853X
Volume: 55
Page Range: 90-97
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Surgical Oncology
UBC Author(s): Sam Michael Wiseman (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09607404
Volume: 41
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: GLIA
UBC Author(s): Brian MacVicar (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08941491
Volume: 70
Page Range: 820-841
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: AIDS and Behavior
UBC Author(s): Wendy Norman (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine), Morgan Price (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10907165
Volume: 26
Page Range: 1607-1617
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Cells
UBC Author(s): Colin Collins (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: May-1 2022

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Publication: Journal of Rheumatology
UBC Author(s): Diane Lacaille (Rheumatology Division / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0315162X
Volume: 49
Page Range: 531-536
Publication Date: 1 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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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 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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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. 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)
2021 Dr. Harbeson identified a series of pathways that appear to dictate survival in neonatal sepsis, a condition wherein the blood of newborn babies becomes infected. Using these findings, he developed a new treatment for neonatal sepsis that is extremely effective in mice and represents a promising new therapeutic moving forward. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

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