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 a small blood sample, a reliable prediction about prostate cancer’s course

Genomic profiling could predict a patient’s response to hormone therapy.

Elderly women more likely to be overprescribed prescription drugs

SPPH Professor Steve Morgan says effect of a patient’s sex on the risk of inappropriate prescribing is of tremendous clinical and social concern.

UBC probes epigenetic dimension of childhood asthma

Does a child’s upbringing and physical environment play a role in development of the respiratory disorder?


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.