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 develops test to ensure effectiveness of new Hep C drug

Associate Professor Richard Harrigan is leading the effort to screen for a drug-resistant form of the disease.

Early HIV infection often eludes clinical diagnosis

In an article published in JAMA, lead author Evan Wood and collaborators found that physicians struggle to recognize early HIV infection through clini...

Stand up for hip health research

With the newly-acquired Upright Open MRI, UBC researchers will be able to see joints in action -- an impossible task with conventional scanners that r...


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.