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 researchers discover brain swelling mechanism

The team at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health discovered how a single protein allows salt to infiltrate neurons.

Taking aim at antimicrobial resistance

Professor Natalie Strynadka is receiving more than $1 million in federal grants to find new antimicrobial medications and preserve the effectiveness o...

Faculty of Medicine gets new Canada Research Chairs

Gina Ogilvie, in the School of Population and Public Health, is the new Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-Related Disease and Cancer.


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.