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.


Seeking a cause of MS, through children’s gut bacteria

Helen Tremlett seeks to discern clues to MS through the microbiomes of children with the disease.

Behold UBC’s latest creation: the “Frankenplatelet”

By coaxing platelets into manufacturing their own RNA, Faculty of Medicine scientists have shown how these humble blood cells could be given new power...

Using stem cells, new insights into tonsil cancer

Researchers were able to make tonsil stem cells multiply abnormally when exposed to a cancer-causing gene.


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.