Impact of Giving

Investing in the future of lab quality

Early in his career as a family physician, Dr. Donald Rix, CM, OBC (1931-2009) recognized the importance of laboratory medicine. To honour his legacy, the Rix Family Foundation has donated $1.5 million to the UBC Faculty of Medicine to establish the Donald B. Rix Professorship in Laboratory Quality at UBC.
Read more >

$3M gift to accelerate UBC Alzheimer’s research

The need for new therapies and state-of-the-art care for Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease has motivated three longtime friends to donate $3 million to the UBC Faculty of Medicine for research to identify ways to protect the brain as Alzheimer’s progresses.
Read more >

Readying the leaders of tomorrow for health system transformation

One of Dr. David Hsu’s fondest memories from graduate school at UBC is discussing current health policy issues with fellow students and senior managers in British Columbia's health care system at the home of his professor and mentor, Dr. Anne Crichton (1920-2007).
Read more >

The 21st Century House Call: Is Virtual Health Here to Stay?

Hear from UBC experts Dr. Kendall Ho, Dr. Silke Cresswell and Dr. John Pawlovich as they share their insights on how the use of technology to improve access to health care in rural and remote communities during the last few decades has paved the way for rapid uptake of virtual health and predictions for the future.
Read more >

Outdoor play during child care to become more fulfilling for children

Children across Canada can look forward to more enjoyable and educational outdoor play thanks to a gift of $650,000 to the UBC Faculty of Medicine from the Lawson Foundation for a new research project that will seek ways to increase the time, quality and educational value of children’s outdoor play. The gift heralds the launch […]
Read more >

New UBC professorship to advance addiction medicine in B.C.

Dr. Nadia Fairbairn has been named the inaugural Philip Owen Professor in Addiction Medicine at UBC.
Read more >

COVID-19 collaboration saves lives of ICU patients

A research collaboration between UBC and Vancouver General Hospital examined how the immune system can overreact in the presence of COVID-19 and attack the lungs.
Read more >

Algorithms learn the language of medicine to predict cancer risk

Data scientist Dr. Aline Talhouk, PhD’13 has learned to understand the language of medicine—a cutting-edge advantage that is helping her develop a model that can save many women with endometrial cancer from unnecessarily aggressive surgery and treatments for a faster return to good health.
Read more >

Humbled to become a trusted ally

Children in Yukon don’t need a referral from a family doctor to see pediatrician Dr. Katharine Smart, BA’96, MD’01—she goes beyond the usual ways of delivering health care to reach more children and better serve Indigenous communities.
Read more >