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.


Macular degeneration treatment raises risk of glaucoma, Faculty of Medicine researchers find

People receiving seven or more bevacizumab injections a year had a 2.5 times higher risk of getting glaucoma surgery.

Brain patterns cannot reveal end-of-life decisions for patients with severe brain injuries

Neurology Professor Judy Illes examines ethics around end-of-life decision-making for patients.

Controversial treatment for MS found to be ineffective

The clinical trial, led by Anthony Traboulsee, showed that opening narrowed veins didn't lead to better outcomes compared to a sham procedure.


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.