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
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
Houghton, Kristin
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

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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: 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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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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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. 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)

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