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.


Twitter the right prescription for sharing health research: UBC study

Using Twitter can help physicians be better prepared to answer questions from their patients.

Graduate student helps unravel the genetic foundation of her own family’s tragedy

Samantha Hansford's very personal reason for coming to study under UBC's David Huntsman.

Brain change

Lara Boyd explores whether an unorthodox curriculum has a neurological impact on children.


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.