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.


From Tunisian villages, UBC scientists find new target for stopping Parkinson’s

Matthew Farrer found that a gene called Dynamin-3 affects when symptoms arise.

How OT can help people with arthritis get back to doing what they love most

September is Arthritis Awareness Month. UBC researcher Catherine Backman talks about her interest in arthritis and how occupational therapy can help p...

UBC honours three of Canada’s leading health researchers

Connie Eaves, Michael Meaney and Ernesto Schiffrin have been recognized for their accomplishments in brain health, heart health 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.