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
Guenette, Jordan Department of Physical Therapy Respiratory diseases; Other biological sciences; Clinical exercise physiology; Cardiorespiratory physiology; Mechanisms and management of breathlessness and exercise intolerance; Chronic respiratory diseases
Guhn, Martin wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion
Guy, Pierre Department of Orthopaedics Bone Tissue
Haas, Kurt Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; Brain Circuit Development; Dendritogenesis; Epilepsy; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Neurological diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Computation; Neuronal Modeling; Neuronal Systems; Neuronal and Synaptic Activity; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; Synaptic Plasticity
Hach, Faraz Department of Urologic Sciences
Hacihaliloglu, Ilker Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine Bio-signal processing and analysis; Medical biotechnology; Biomedical signal processing; Image guided surgery systems; Medical and biomedical engineering, n.e.c.; Data analytics and signal processing, n.e.c.; Artificial intelligence (AI); Extraction of relevant information from 3D medical images; Image Guided Surgery; computer assisted diagnosis; Deep Learning; point of care ultrasound; ultrasound image processing; Brain Health; orthopedic surgery; liver disease; lung disease; traumatic Brian injury; neurosurgery; Biomedical Engineering
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Molecular determinants of COPD, small airway obstruction, angiotensin signalling, defective airway epithelial differentiation in asthma, human lung cell repository
Haji, Faizal Department of Surgery Simulation in Healthcare, Global Surgery, Health Professions Education, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Hameed, Morad Department of Surgery Trauma Surgery; Emergency General Surgery; Critical Care Medicine; Public Health
Hanley, Gillian Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology socioeconomic status as a predictor of maternal mental health prenatally, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and infant outcomes.
Harrigan, Richard Division of Aids Drug Resistance, Genotyping, Automated Sequencing, Drug Development, and Clinical Trials
Harriman, David Department of Urologic Sciences
Harris, Kevin Department of Pediatrics Evidence to Innovation; Preventive Cardiology; Cardiovascular Outcomes; Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
Hassan, Eman
Hatala, Rose Division of General Internal Medicine in-training (such as the mini-cex) and high-stakes assessment methods; clinical reasoning
Hay, Kevin Division of Hematology
Hayden, Michael Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Diabetes; Disease progression; Drug development; Gene Therapy; Genetic Diseases; Huntington disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurodegenerative disorders
Henderson, Sarah School of Population and Public Health Environmental and occupational health and safety; wildfire smoke; air pollution; Extreme weather events; environmental health; radon gas; Food safety; Water quality
Herdman, Anthony School of Audiology and Speech Sciences Auditory System; Visual System; Audiovisual, Visual, Audio and Written Communications; Electrophysiology; Language and Cognitive Processes; Neuroimaging Methods (EEG/MEG); Central auditory processing; Auditory and visual perecptions related to reading acquisition (1st and 2nd languages); Brain computer interface
Himsworth, Chelsea School of Population and Public Health One Health approach; one health; Veterinary Public Health; Zoonotic Disease; Science and Risk Communication; Wildlife health; Disease ecology and epidemiology; pathogen surveillance; pathogen genomics
Hinkle, Molli
Ho, Kendall Department of Emergency Medicine eHealth, knowledge translation, educational research, continuing professional development, interprofessional education, evidence informed policy, eLearning, global eHealth
Ho, Vincent Department of Dermatology & Skin Science dermatologic therapeutics and oncology
Hoffman, Bradford Department of Surgery Understanding how the genes critical to endocrine pancreas development, as well as ?-cell function and proliferation are regulated is essential for the development of novel strategies for the production of insulin-secreting cells, and for improving the efficacy of available transplantable material.
Hohl, Corinne Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine; Epidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; Health Information Systems; Health Care Organization; Decision Making; Patient Safety; Medication Safety; Adverse Drug Events; Drug safety and effectiveness; Health Information Technology; Clinical Decision Making; Health services research; Adverse Event Reporting

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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: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Krahn (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0828282X
Volume: 38
Page Range: 414-417
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Krahn (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Anna Michelle Lehman (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine), Zachary Laksman (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Shubhayan Sanatani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Laura Arbour (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0828282X
Volume: 38
Page Range: 526-535
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Counseling and Development
UBC Author(s): David Kealy (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07489633
Volume: 100
Page Range: 205-214
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Antibiotics
UBC Author(s): Yossef Av-Gay (Division of Infectious Diseases / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00218820
Volume: 75
Page Range: 213-225
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Addiction
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09652140
Volume: 117
Page Range: 986-997
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Learning Environments Research
UBC Author(s): Tal Jarus (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13871579
Volume: 25
Page Range: 59-73
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia
UBC Author(s): Kerry Savage (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21522650
Volume: 22
Page Range: e250-e260
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Oncogene
UBC Author(s): Josef Penninger (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09509232
Volume: 41
Page Range: 2095-2105
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Medical Physics
UBC Author(s): Saraswathi Vedam (Midwifery Program / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00942405
Volume: 49
Page Range: e50-e81
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Multiple Sclerosis Journal
UBC Author(s): Anthony Traboulsee (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13524585
Volume: 28
Page Range: 842-846
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Psycho-Oncology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Roth (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10579249
Volume: 31
Page Range: 622-630
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: International Ophthalmology
UBC Author(s): Sonia Yeung (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01655701
Volume: 42
Page Range: 1259-1262
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
UBC Author(s): David Harriman (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 234
Page Range: 493-503
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
UBC Author(s): Stephan Schwarz (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0832610X
Volume: 69
Page Range: 494-503
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pathology
UBC Author(s): Brad Nelson (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine), Aline Talhouk (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), David Huntsman (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Michael Anglesio (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223417
Volume: 256
Page Range: 388-401
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: The Journal of urology
UBC Author(s): Martin Gleave (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 207
Page Range: 805-813
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
UBC Author(s): Steven Taylor (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08876185
Volume: 87
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Respiratory Medicine
UBC Author(s): Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09546111
Volume: 195
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Schizophrenia Research
UBC Author(s): Sophia Frangou (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09209964
Volume: 242
Page Range: 25-26
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
UBC Author(s): Ian Mackenzie (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03051846
Volume: 48
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Annals of Hematology
UBC Author(s): Aly Karsan (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09395555
Volume: 101
Page Range: 921-922
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Kidney Medicine
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Human Pathology
UBC Author(s): Martin Gleave (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00468177
Volume: 122
Page Range: 84-91
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Oncogene
UBC Author(s): Josef Penninger (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09509232
Volume: 41
Page Range: 2138
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Health Expectations
UBC Author(s): Linda Li (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13696513
Volume: 25
Page Range: 477-481
Publication Date: 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
2020 Have you ever avoided looking directly at someone in order to be polite? Dr. Dosso studied how we tailor our eye and body movements to send nonverbal social messages to others. She found that the brain's attention system plays a crucial role in social action, and this may help us to understand behaviour in different ages, cultures, and populations. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Docking studied acute myeloid leukemia, a blood-based cancer with very poor outcomes. Using genome sequencing technology, he developed a test that can determine whether patients are likely to respond to therapy, and identified patients who may respond to existing cancer drugs, which has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Yuskiv investigated management practices and treatment outcomes of phenylketonuria, a rare, treatable genetic metabolic disorder. She identified needs for improvement in the areas of diagnosis, management practices, treatment outcomes, and parental quality of life. Her work will benefit families with phenylketonuria. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Wadsworth found that unstable blood flow in solid tumours provides tumour cells with resistance to radiation therapy. His findings include that certain anti-hypertension drugs can be re-purposed to alter tumour development, eliminate these therapy resistant cells, and improve effectiveness of radiation therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Held studied the cardiovascular responses to exercising on an underwater treadmill. He developed criteria for exercise testing, thermoregulation, and maximal and submaximal exercise prescription. His findings will advance the use of these specialized aquatic therapy pools to improve outcomes in health, training, and physical rehabilitation. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Finlay studied the markers of sustained success in high performance sports organisations, proposing two conceptual models on how leaders managed processes of change management and performance management. The research informs high performance sports organisations, and the leaders working within them, in relation to best practices in these areas. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kumar examined the genetic mechanisms involved in chemotherapy resistance in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer. His research improves our understanding on how treatment resistance occurs and allow for the development of counteractive therapeutic alternatives. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mazinani studied the relationship between Alzheimer's disease and blood clotting. He found that proteins that cause Alzheimer's disease assist in blood clotting, and that these proteins can be modified by coagulation enzymes. His findings contribute to a new understanding of potential causes of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new therapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Caffrey applied light and electron microscopy to answer key questions in human health and disease across several size scales, from human tissue to single proteins. His research examines 3D distribution of mitochondria in tissues, the effect of novel therapeutics on cells and illuminates the role structural defects in protein play in disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Manesh worked using transgenic animal models of spinal cord injury. His research showed that spinal cord neurons can adapt in the absence of protective myelin sheaths and restore function to the damaged spinal cord. His research impacts therapies for spinal cord injury as well as other myelin disorders like multiple sclerosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)

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