About

research

New knowledge and innovation are crucial to successfully identifying, addressing and overcoming the increasingly complex health-related challenges that influence the lives of all of us – in British Columbia, in Canada, and in countries and communities around the globe.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for research innovation that advances knowledge and translates new discoveries to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

We provide and foster research excellence across the full continuum, from basic science to applied science and then to knowledge implementation, with a focus in core areas such as cancer, brain and mental health, heart and lung health, chronic diseases and population health.

Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of six institutes and 15 centres that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners. The Faculty of Medicine is also home to over 1,500 students in 18 Masters programs and 11 Doctoral programs, as well as over 330 postdoctoral fellows.

Our faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students (graduate, medical and undergraduate) are supported by the Dean’s Office, Research team who offer grant development, mentorship services, research forums and information sessions to support investigators and teams, improve success rates in peer-reviewed funding competitions, and encourage innovation, collaboration and initiatives in new frontiers of research.

Research in Numbers

Over 1/2 of UBC’s research revenues

$353 million+ collectively generated in research funding

$75 million+ from Canadian Institutes of Health Research

$12 million+ from the US National Institutes of Health

800+ researchers/faculty members received grant funding

132 patents issued or filed

20th by the Times Higher Education rankings in Life Sciences, and 31st in Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health

1,500+ masters and doctoral students

330+ postdoctoral research fellows

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