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.


Breathing diesel exhaust causes changes “deep under the hood”

Chris Carlsten found that two hours of exposure altered the chemical "coating" of DNA.

UBC scientist discovers key to sun-induced skin aging

Genetically-engineered mice that lack a certain enzyme retain their youthful-looking skin.

Faculty of Medicine wins three Alzheimer’s grants

Hear James Johnson, Christian Naus and Neil Cashman describe their investigations.


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.