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
Cote, Helene Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine HIV Infection, blood research, infectious diseases
Courneya, Carol-Ann Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Arts and Humanities in Medicine, Resilience, Cardiac Art, Cardiovascular Physiology, Medical Education, Cardiovascular physiology, medical education
Cox, Susan School of Population and Public Health Other medical sciences; Sociology and related studies; Arts (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music), architecture and design; narratives of health and illness; grief, loss, death and dying; research ethics/ethics in research; arts in health education; scholarship of teaching and learning; qualitative and arts-based approaches to research; visual methods; contemplative inquiry
Cox, Michael Department of Urologic Sciences genetic testing, experiences of hereditary risk, social and ethical implications of genetics, interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, narrative and story, Prostate cancer
Craig, Ann Marie Department of Psychiatry Excitatory and inhibitory synapses, Synapse development and plasticity, Synapse organizing proteins, Neurotransmitter receptors, Autism and schizophrenia
Cresswell, Silke Division of Neurology Functional imaging (PETand fMRI) in Parkinson
Cripton, Peter School of Biomedical Engineering Mechanical engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; biomechanics; Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma; hip fracture; injury prevention; Mechanical Systems; neurotrauma; Spinal cord injury; spine biomechanics; Trauma / Injuries; Traumatic Brain Injury
Crook, Juanita Department of Surgery Radiation Oncology and Developmental Radiotherapeutics
Crowell, Philip
Cundiff, Geoffrey Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, urogynaecology, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, obstetrical injury, quality assurance, Epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, to anatomy, to education, to the prevention of maternal obstetrical trauma
Cynader, Max Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences eye diseases; glaucoma; dyslexia; stroke; neurotrauma; memory; vision; learning disabilities; hearing development; recovery after brain damage; ischemia; gene therapy, Alzheimer's
Dahl, Marshall Andrew
Daley, Denise Division of Respiratory Medicine Bioinformatics; Asthma; Complex Trait Genetics; Epigenetics; gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; Genetic Diseases; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Aging; statistical genetics; Susceptibility Genes
Daugaard, Mads Department of Urologic Sciences Cancer progression and metastasis; Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Cancer biology; Cancer diagnostics; Cancer therapy; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Cell Therapy of Cancer; Chemotherapy; DNA damage response pathways; glycobiology; Immunotherapy; Radiotherapy; Cell stress and Cancer; Cell stress signalling in cancer
Davies, Hugh William School of Population and Public Health Environmental and occupational health and safety; Health sciences; Public and population health; Antineoplastic drug hazards; Community Health / Public Health; environmental health; Exposure Assessment; Noise and Health; Occupational Health; Occupational Safety and Health
Davis, Noelle Department of Surgery cancer surgery and surgical oncology, Surgical oncology, Head and neck cancer
de Boer, Carl School of Biomedical Engineering Gene regulation
Dedhar, Shoukat Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology molecular biology, molecular biology as it relates to disease; developing new theraputics for cancer; how brain cells (neurons)make connections, therapeutics for cancer; molecular genetics and cancer; medical research, cancer, inflammatory diseases, cariovascular diseases, Cellular proteins, extracellular martrix, integrins, signal transduction, calreticulin, protein kinase, gene expression, cell differentiation
Deering, Kathleen Division of Aids Social Determinants of Health; Environmental Health; Community Health / Public Health; Human and Social Ecology; Sexual health inequities; Gender and health; HIV prevention, treatment and care; Sex work; Social/health geography; Gender and violence; Stigma; Community-based research; Novel methodological approaches in epidemiology
Dell, Sharon Department of Pediatrics Asthma in Children; Bronchial Disorders; Children's Health; Interstitial Lung Diseases; Rare diseases; Primary ciliary dyskinesia
DeMarco, Mari
Dennis, Jessica Department of Medical Genetics Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Administrative health data; Complex Trait Genetics; Electronic health records; Epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Machine Learning; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Precision Health; statistical genetics
Devine, Dana Virginia Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology
Devlin, Angela Department of Pediatrics Human nutrition and dietetics; Human reproduction and development sciences; Pathology (except oral pathology); cardiovascular disease; Children; developmental programming; Diabetes; Obesity
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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: 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: Occupational and environmental medicine
UBC Author(s): Andrew Churg (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 79
Page Range: 319-325
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
UBC Author(s): Evelyn Stewart (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1475357X
Volume: 27
Page Range: 173-189
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Psychology of Music
UBC Author(s): Lara Boyd (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03057356
Volume: 50
Page Range: 797-813
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
UBC Author(s): James Christenson (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Brian Grunau (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19345925
Volume: 16
Page Range: 279-280
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Chest
UBC Author(s): Pearce Wilcox (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00123692
Volume: 161
Page Range: 1320-1329
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
UBC Author(s): Ran Goldman (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10811206
Volume: 128
Page Range: 583-588
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Drug and Alcohol Review
UBC Author(s): Jane Buxton (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09595236
Volume: 41
Page Range: 912-917
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19345925
Volume: 16
Page Range: 222-229
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19345925
Volume: 16
Page Range: 198-206
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Developmental Psychobiology
UBC Author(s): Deborah Giaschi (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00121630
Volume: 64
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
UBC Author(s): Kishore Mulpuri (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00195413
Volume: 56
Page Range: 867-873
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0001690X
Volume: 145
Page Range: 529-538
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Heart Lung and Circulation
UBC Author(s): John Webb (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14439506
Volume: 31
Page Range: 647-657
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
UBC Author(s): Cornelia Laule (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10907807
Volume: 338
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Diabetologia
UBC Author(s): Francis Lynn (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0012186X
Volume: 65
Page Range: 811-828
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: European Journal of Haematology
UBC Author(s): Kevin Hay (Division of Hematology / Faculty of Medicine), Florian Kuchenbauer (Division of Hematology / Faculty of Medicine), Aly Karsan (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09024441
Volume: 108
Page Range: 437-445
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Kasmintan Schrader (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e060899
Publication Date: 29 April 2022

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Publication: HemaSphere
UBC Author(s): David Scott (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 29 April 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Ian Pike (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e060054
Publication Date: 27 April 2022

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Publication: Vaccine
UBC Author(s): Julie Bettinger (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Manish Sadarangani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0264410X
Volume: 40
Page Range: 2733-2740
Publication Date: 26 April 2022

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Publication: Bio-protocol
UBC Author(s): Catherine Van Raamsdonk (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 20 April 2022

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Seth Parker (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 119
Publication Date: 19 April 2022

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Publication: CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Bansback (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 194
Page Range: E556-E560
Publication Date: 19 April 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. Sweeney Magee researched health behaviours associated with risk and survivorship in colorectal cancer. She identified population groups needing support to make changes to these behaviours, and strategies to best provide this support. Her work will inform future behaviour change intervention design at all stages of the cancer control continuum. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. Li studied the structures of several key enzymes required for the production and degradation of a bacterial cell wall polymer known as wall teichoic acid. His research provided mechanistic understanding of the enzymes' functions and revealed structural features that can guide the development of novel antibacterial therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Firmino discovered that during the immune response to cancers, a low oxygen environment develops among B cells that helps fine-tune the B cell immune response. She associated characteristics of the B cell response with overall survival in breast cancer patients. This work may help develop new biomarkers of immune responses in cancer patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Twa characterized the pathobiology and sequelae, or consequences, of chromosomal rearrangements in lymphoid neoplasia, which arise from cancerous lymphoid cells. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2021 Dr. Izadi-Najafabadi's doctoral study focused on understanding brain changes following rehabilitation in children with developmental coordination disorder. Her results showed that rehabilitation is effective for improving motor performance and induces changes in brain regions underlying self-regulation, emotion regulation, and attention regulation. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Knowledge about inequities and social determinants of health points to opportunities for evidence-informed action across a range of contexts. Dr. Shaw's research offered a model to identify context-specific barriers to action such as lack of infrastructure, capacity, or political will and provided a menu of approaches to address these challenges. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. Garces showed how disease-causing mutations in the gene of a protein called ABCA4 affects its function and causes Stargardt's disease. His thesis provides invaluable insights into the pathological mechanisms of Stargardt's disease, insights of which could help tailor therapeutic treatments to individuals suffering from this disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2021 Dr. McKay explored housing, building, and neighbourhood influences on the experience of "home" for long-term tenants of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her research highlighted housing and service needs of people with housing, and showed the benefits of a supportive service environment where tenants can feel in control of their lives. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. Morrice investigated how toxins and risk genes may cause the motor neuron degeneration underlying ALS, a neurodegenerative disease. She identified regulatory elements of gene expression enhancers as novel ALS risk factors. This research provides insight into ALS causal factors which may translate to future therapeutic interventions. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Gill determined that children developmental coordination disorder have smaller cerebellar volume compared to typically-developing children, and that rehabilitation can increase the size of this brain structure and improve motor function. Results may influence clinical care and improve outcomes for the 450,000 Canadian children with this disorder Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

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