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.


“Jekyll and Hyde” enzyme has potential for countering cancer and Alzheimer’s

Poul Sorensen found that eEF2K protects cancer cells and hastens the death of neurons.

The pursuit of new ideas in cancer research

UBC researcher Connie Eaves talks about her interest in cancer research, what she hopes to accomplish in 10 years and her reaction to being awarded th...

Harnessing electricity to treat depression – in a kinder, gentler way

Psychiatry's Fidel Vila-Rodriguez explores the power of transcranial direct current stimulation, combined with yoga.


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.