Breakthroughs & Discoveries: A Timeline

Research Excellence

The Faculty of Medicine provides and fosters innovative research 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’s three major research priorities are: cancer; neuroscience and mental health; and heart and lung disease. Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of six institutes and 15 centres that are part of UBC or affiliated with it.


UBC scientist finds a key to cancer cells’ resilience

Poul Sorensen discovered that "stress granules" -- stashes of mRNA -- help tumours metastasize.

Non-invasive device instantly detects urinary tract infections

The technology uses near-infrared light to measure oxygen levels in the bladder wall.

Stem cells show promise for reversing Type 2 diabetes

The first evidence that stem cells can help treat the more prevalent version of diabetes, which usually arises in adulthood.


Learn about research in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Centres & Institutes

Find a directory of research centres, institutes and groups.

Research Areas

Find the Faculty’s major research priorities.


Meet a few researchers in the Faculty.


Find out more about national prizes awarded by the Faculty and how to apply.