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.


Canadian diamond pioneer donates $9.1 million for Alzheimer’s research

Chuck Fipke's gifts include an endowed professorship and state-of-the-art brain imaging technology.

Walkable neighbourhoods produce better health outcomes

Lawrence Frank, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, found that people who prefer to walk and live in walkable neighbourhoods are...

New research finds quicker method to create insulin-producing cells

Professor Timothy Kieffer leads research of a protocol that turns stem cells into insulin-producing cells in just six weeks...


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.