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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.
Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of 23 centres and institutes that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.
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.
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.
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|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|
|Holsti, Liisa||Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy||Medical, health and life sciences; premature infants; neurodevelopment; stress; pain; measurement; technology transfer; sucrose; rehabilitation; pediatrics|
|Holt, Robert||Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry||Immunogenetics, Metagenomics - Infectious agents in Cancer, Cancer Genomes, Neurobiology, DNA Sequencing|
|Honer, William||Department of Psychiatry||Brain disorders, risk factors for disease|
|Honey, Christopher Richard||Department of Surgery||Neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation, trigeminal neuralgia, menifacial spasm, movement disorders, mood, pain|
|Hoodless, Pamela||Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering||Computational cell biology; Cancer; Genomics; Medical and biomedical engineering; Nucleic acids studies; Developmental Genetics; Embryology; Embryonic Development; Epigenetics; Heart Valve / Valvular Diseases; Heart valve formation; Liver; Liver development; Stem Cells and Organogenesis; transcriptional regulation|
|Howe, Tami||School of Audiology and Speech Sciences||Acquired language disorders, aphasia|
|Howe, Leann||Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||Biochemistry; chromatin; Transcription|
|Hsiung, Ging-Yuek Robin||Division of Neurology||Dementia, Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Music Therapy in Dementia, Genetics of Dementia, Dementia Clinical Trials|
|Hui, Philip Li-Yeung|
|Hunt, Michael Anthony||Department of Physical Therapy||Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; biomechanics; exercise; Joints (Articulations); musculoskeletal; Musculoskeletal Deformation; Neuromuscular Diseases; Orthoses and Prostheses; Physical Activity; rehabilitation|
|Huntsman, David||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology||Corporate Law; Contracts; Competition Law; legal history|
|Huot, Suzanne||Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy||Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; asylum seekers; bilingualism; community-engaged research; critical theory; francophone minority communities; francophones; french; Gender; immigration; intersectionality; Migration Studies; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; occupational science; Qualitative research; refugees; social inclusion; social integration|
|Hutchinson, Peter||School of Population and Public Health|
|Illes, Judy||Division of Neurology||Medical, health and life sciences; Biomedical Ethics; Aging and dementia; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Brain Injury; Stem Cells; Neurotechnology; Neuroethics|
|Isaac, Kathryn||Department of Surgery||Surgery; Breast Reconstruction Surgery|
|Jan, Eric||Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||Biochemistry; Virus; Nucleic Acids; Proteomics; Antiviral innate immunity; coronavirus; coxsackievirus; enterovirus; Innate immunity; molecular biology; picornavirus; protease; Protein synthesis; RNA; RNA structure function; RNA virus; ribosome; SARS; tRNA; translation; Virology; virus host interactions|
|Jang, Kerry||Department of Psychiatry||addiction and substance use, and public health research on vulnerable urban populations, specifically the causes of homeless and the health status of individuals suffering from concurrently occurring psychiatric disorder and polysubstance abuse and addiction.|
|Janssen, Patricia||School of Population and Public Health||Health sciences; Public and population health; Gestation / Parturition; health of marginalized women; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; maternal child health; mobile health for pregnancy and parenting; Perinatal Period; social determinants of health|
|Jarus, Tal||Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy||Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Disciplinary education; art-based research; disabled practitioners;; Disabled students;; diversifying health and human service professions; Justice and equity in health professions|
|Jenstad, Lorienne||School of Audiology and Speech Sciences||Other health sciences; hearing aids; Aging; audiology; hearing health; amplification|
|Jevitt, Cecilia||Department of Family Practice||Medical, health and life sciences; Midwifery; perinatal obesity; weight management in pregnancy; obesity prevention|
|Jiang, Xiaoyan||Department of Medical Genetics||Cancer drug development and therapeutics; Basic and translational leukemia research; Leukemic stem cell biology; Gene regulation; Drug resistance; Proteomics; Immunotherapy|
|Johnson, James||Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery||diabetes, hormones, cell biology, signal transduction, apoptosis or programmed cell death, heart failure, heart disease, calcium signalling, pancreatic cancer, obesity, longevity, imaging, Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a molecular level discovery of genes and associated gene networks linked to diabetes risk and by known risk factors that predispose individuals to diabetes|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
|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)|
|2021||Many proteins secreted outside of cells are regulated by enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. Dr. Jobin's research revealed new extracellular roles for intracellular enzymes and how matrix metalloproteinases modulate these roles, and exposed novel biology by tapping into an unknown well of molecules that react with matrix metalloproteinases.||Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)|
|2021||Dr. Brown used budding yeast as a model to investigate the cellular response to DNA damage, which is highly conserved between yeast and humans. He revised a recently proposed model of the cellular response to DNA damage and discovered that a scaffolding protein called Rtt107 cooperates with different protein partners to prevent mutations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)|
Drs. Paul Dubord, Donald Enarson, Granger Avery and Martin Schechter recognized for extraordinary contributions to Canada. The post UBC faculty of medicine members appointed to the Order of Canada for 2022 appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Sonia Anand of McMaster University is among this year’s awardees. The post UBC Faculty of Medicine honours Canadian leading researchers in cancer, heart and brain disorders appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Collaboration between UBC, UNBC and Northern Health will help improve care for northern, remote and Indigenous communities. The post New research centre to foster northern clinical and medical life sciences research appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Program is aimed at helping people reduce their risk of developing dementia. The post UBC researchers launch new dementia prevention program as part of national research initiative appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
The awards acknowledge faculty members who exemplify exceptional contributions in the areas of education, research and/or service. The post 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.