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.


Streetcar tracks increase risk of bike crashes

A study by UBC and Ryerson University could help inform planning decisions in cities building or expanding light-rail systems.

After 40 years of denial, doubt and derision, a scientist finds vindication

Dessa Sadovnick's lonely quest to show that genes can play a major role in multiple sclerosis.

UBC researchers invent a synthetic “glue” for blood clots

The polymer, developed by Assistant Professor Christian Kastrup (above) and graduate student Karen Chan, could act as a supplementary “glue” that...


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.