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 develop drug to treat scarring and autoimmune diseases

UBC researchers have developed an anti-scarring drug without industry sponsorship.

Seeds of change

Melinda Suto examines the impact of community gardening on people living with severe mental illness.

What ‘brainy mice’ can tell us about dementia and PTSD

Alexander McGirr, a medical resident, Department of Psychiatry is hoping to improve brain function in people with dementia and PTSD.


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.