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
Fairbairn, Kevin
Fast, Danya Division of Aids Social sciences; Substance Use; Substance Use Care; Adolescents and Young Adults; urban health; Urban Poverty; Medical Anthropology; Canada; East Africa
Fedida, David Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics How the heart generates, maintains and regulates electrical activity, Anesthesiology
Field, Thalia Division of Neurology stroke; Clinical trials; cerebral venous thrombosis; outcomes; cognition; Machine Learning
Fischer, Lisa Department of Family Practice
Fisher, Cynthia Basic medicine and life sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; Biological sciences; Health sciences; Stem cells and regenerative medicine; Epigenetics and chromatin level regulation of gene expression; Hematopoiesis and immunology
Fisher, Charles Department of Orthopaedics adult spine surgery, with special clinical and research interests in trauma, oncology and evidence-based medicine
Flannigan, Ryan Department of Urologic Sciences evaluating genetic and molecular mechanisms contributing to non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)
Fleetham, John Division of Respiratory Medicine Sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, imaging techniques, respiratory muscle function, systemic blood pressure, hypothalamic pituitary function, psychological status, disordered breathing
Forster, Bruce Department of Radiology Radiology; imaging
Forwell, Susan Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Neurological conditions and their impact on chosen occupations
Foster, Leonard Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories Biochemistry; Genomics; Agriculture; antigen presentation; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biotechnology; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Honey bees; host-pathogen interactions; Immune System; Microbiology; Proteomics; Systems Biology
Francis, Gordon Division of Endocrinology lipoproteins; Cholesterol metabolism; Cardiovascular risk factors; Prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes; High density lipoproteins (HDL)
Frangou, Sophia Department of Psychiatry the study of the human brain in health and disease
Frank, Erica School of Population and Public Health Health sciences; Public and population health; Free accredited education; Preventive Medicine
Freeman, Hugh James Division of Gastroenterology Intestinal Diseases
Friedman, Jan Marshall Department of Medical Genetics Other clinical medicine; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Birth defects epidemiology; Clinical genomics; Developmental Genetics; Genetics and Heredity; Neurofibromatosis
Gadermann, Anne Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of
Gallagher, Romayne
Gao, Zu-Hua Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Garbuz, Donald Department of Orthopaedics reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee; novel imaging techniques to assess early changes in articular cartilage, which may be indicators for osteoarthritis
Garnis, Catherine Department of Surgery Cancer biology; Tumor progression; Oral premalignant lesions; Head and neck cancer; RNA biology, microRNAs; Alternative splicing; Biomarkers
Ge, Ruiyang Neuropsychology; Mood Disorder; Big Data; mental illness
Geller, Josie Department of Psychiatry Eating Disorders
Geoffrion, Roxana Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology patient education, surgical outcomes after various pelvic reconstructive surgeries and surgical skill development through simulation and standardized training; pelvic floor reconstruction procedures such as vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence surgery

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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: Cancer Cell
UBC Author(s): Brad Nelson (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15356108
Volume: 40
Page Range: 356-358
Publication Date: 11 April 2022

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Publication: Cancer Cell
UBC Author(s): Marco Marra (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15356108
Volume: 40
Page Range: 379-392.e9
Publication Date: 11 April 2022

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Publication: The Lancet
UBC Author(s): Jessica McAlpine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01406736
Volume: 399
Page Range: 1412-1428
Publication Date: 9 April 2022

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Publication: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
UBC Author(s): David Patrick (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Mel Krajden (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Manish Sadarangani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Monika Naus (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 74
Page Range: 1158-1165
Publication Date: 9 April 2022

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Publication: BMC public health
UBC Author(s): Louise Masse (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 22
Page Range: 687
Publication Date: 8 April 2022

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Publication: Reproductive biology and endocrinology : RB&E
UBC Author(s): Peter C Leung (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 20
Page Range: 65
Publication Date: 8 April 2022

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Publication: Health research policy and systems
UBC Author(s): Heather Anne McKay (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 20
Page Range: 37
Publication Date: 7 April 2022

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Publication: Vaccine
UBC Author(s): Devon Greyson (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Rodney Knight (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0264410X
Volume: 40
Page Range: 2442-2456
Publication Date: 6 April 2022

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Publication: Health Economics, Policy and Law
UBC Author(s): Craig Mitton (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17441331
Volume: 17
Page Range: 227-231
Publication Date: 6 April 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
UBC Author(s): Darryl Knight (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03785173
Volume: 617
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: Biophysical Journal
UBC Author(s): Eric Accili (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine), Filip Van Petegem (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00063495
Volume: 121
Page Range: 1166-1183
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: Neurology
UBC Author(s): Gary Redekop (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00283878
Volume: 98
Page Range: E1446-E1458
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Pascal Lavoie (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Louise Masse (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e057846
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: G3 (Bethesda, Md.)
UBC Author(s): Steven J Jones (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 4 April 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Immunology
UBC Author(s): Megan Levings (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 4 April 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Kristin Campbell (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e053165
Publication Date: 4 April 2022

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Publication: Clinical Teacher
UBC Author(s): Kevin Eva (Division of General Internal Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17434971
Volume: 19
Page Range: 181
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Archives of Women's Mental Health
UBC Author(s): Jehannine Austin (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Timothy Oberlander (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14341816
Volume: 25
Page Range: 355-365
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Virchows Archiv
UBC Author(s): Aline Talhouk (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), Michael Anglesio (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09456317
Volume: 480
Page Range: 855-871
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
UBC Author(s): Teresa Tsang (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15695794
Volume: 38
Page Range: 751-758
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Nature Biotechnology
UBC Author(s): Nozomu Yachie (School of Biomedical Engineering / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10870156
Volume: 40
Page Range: 566-575
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
UBC Author(s): Teresa Tsang (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02780062
Volume: 41
Page Range: 793-804
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
UBC Author(s): John Ogrodniczuk (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), David Kealy (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10361073
Volume: 33
Page Range: 460-469
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Osteoporosis International
UBC Author(s): Boris Sobolev (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0937941X
Volume: 33
Page Range: 839-850
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Regional anesthesia and pain medicine
UBC Author(s): John Kramer (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 47
Page Range: 263-269
Publication Date: 1 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. Lake studied the therapeutic and harm reduction applications of cannabis among marginalized people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver. Through demonstrating that cannabis has clinical potential for managing pain and opioid use disorder in this population, her work provided key data to inform future clinical experimentation involving cannabis. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2021 Dr. McDiarmid investigated the function of genes and functional impact of genetic variants implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder. By developing gene editing methods to insert variants into an animal model and quantifying the effects on brain and behavior using machine vision, Dr. McDiarmid identified deficits in habituation as a common impairment. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2021 Dr. Louie studied the walking recovery process after stroke. He specifically examined the use of robotic exoskeleton technology for clinical stroke rehabilitation. His research informs physical therapy practice and offers guidance on selecting appropriate patients with stroke and treatment parameters for this novel therapeutic technology. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Belonging is an essential human need. Through relationship and research, Dr. Bulk elucidated how belonging develops in places of learning, teaching, and working; deepened understanding of being blind and belonging; expanded upon how communities can co-create belonging; and highlighted scholarly teaching through research-based theatre. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2021 Finding and understanding new ways to target cancer is crucial for developing successful treatment strategies. Dr. Wang's research focused on optimizing a new anti-cancer therapy based on a malaria protein that targets unique glycan modifications on cancer. His work provided knowledge that will aid the design of novel drug conjugates. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Dancsok investigated the immune response to agressive cancers of the bone or soft tissues known as sarcomas. Her findings were used to help design clinical trials for sarcoma patients receiving a new type of cancer treatment called immune therapy, which works by igniting an immune system attack on cancer cells. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2021 Dr. Yang studied how bacterial enzymes have evolved the ability to degrade novel man-made pesticides. She identified the key mutations responsible for the acquirement of the new function, and uncovered how these mutations change protein structure and function. Her research contributes to our understanding of protein evolution. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Chu showed that a cell division protein called Aurora kinase A modifies the cellular cytoskeleton to enable cell invasiveness and breast cancer metastases, and that high levels of this protein predicted survival rates for patients with aggressive breast cancers. These findings have therapeutic and prognostic value for breast cancer metastasis. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2021 Dr. Canals Hernaez examined the therapeutic potential of targeting podocalyxin, a protein present in aggressive cancers. She found that this protein displays a unique modification on tumors and developed an antibody-based drug that can kill cancer cells while sparing normal tissue. This research highlights a new and promising target for cancer therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2021 Inflammatory Bowel Disease is incurable and affects 1 in 140 Canadians. Dr. Vent-Schmidt found a new mechanism for how inflammation-stopping cells work and genetically changed these cells for potential disease therapy. His surveyed patients showed willingness to try this therapy, highlighting the need to include patients early and throughout research. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

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