The Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CCDPM) serves as a provincial leader for research excellence, knowledge translation and exchange in the urgent research field of chronic diseases.

The CCDPM advances the prevention and self-management of chronic conditions by:

  • Aligning with the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic plan for research in core areas such as heart and lung health, brain and mental health, and chronic diseases and to accelerate knowledge translation.
  • Building and maintaining collaborations that harness collective research strengths from across the Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education and research sites.
  • Fostering new opportunities that expand research excellence across BC, in particular within the Interior Health region.
  • Achieving research excellence including competitive funding and recognition both nationally and internationally.

The CCDPM focuses on three primary research areas, with prevention and self-management as the crosscutting themes: (1) diabetes and obesity; (2) cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases; (3) neurological disorders. In addition to research focused on prevention, the CCDPM will advance medical care, knowledge, health behaviours, and resources to improve self-management of these conditions.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Purcell, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; Nutrition; energy balance; Obesity; Metabolism; energy expenditure; appetite; diet
Sakakibara, Brodie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical medicine; Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Gerontology; rehabilitation; Physical Activity; Physical Rehabilitation; Spinal cord injury; Stroke Rehabilitation; Chronic disease self-management and prevention; Telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease; Complex behavioural intervention development; Clinical trial methodologies; Participatory and patient-oriented research
Tang, Tricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; Behavioral and Psychosocial Issues associated with Diabetes Self-management.
Voss, Christine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pediatrics; Physical Activity; Children and youth; Health behaviours; Diabetes; congenital heart disease
Wearing, Oliver Postdoctoral Fellow Autonomic nervous system; Other basic medicine and life sciences; Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Zoology, n.e.c.; Animal physiology, circulation; Animal physiology, metabolism; Animal physiology, environmental stress; Animal physiology, exercise; Animal physiology, thermoregulation; Cardiovascular physiology; Hypoxia; Surgery; Preclinical models; Translational medicine; Spinal cord injury
West, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Systems physiology; Animal physiology, circulation; Integrative physiology; Spinal cord injury; Animal models