Centres & Institutes

Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of the centres and institutes that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.


BC Cancer Research Institute

Conducting a wide variety of cancer research from traditional research based in the laboratory to looking at how we provide counselling and support.

BC Centre on Substance Use

BC Centre on Substance Use

A provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction.


BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

The largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada, spanning a wide range of children’s and women’s health concerns.

Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes

Advancing Health (formerly known as CHÉOS) produces high-quality evidence to make informed changes to the health care system.

Centre for Blood Research

Centre for Blood Research

The CBR applies emerging biotechnology to the study of blood and blood processing in an integrated, interdisciplinary manner.

Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation

Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation

CCI provides services to enhance the research capacity of its member investigators and to facilitate national and international cardiovascular clinical trials.

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Progressing research in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Advancing the health of Indigenous people through innovative thinking, research, and education.

Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity

Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity

CGSHE has a strategic mandate to advance gender equity and sexual health for all in BC, Canada, and globally.

Centre for Health Education Scholarship

Committed to shaping the theories and activities of learning in the health professions.


Centre for Health Services & Policy Research

Conducting independent, policy-relevant research in the delivery of health care, along with data compilation and graduate training.

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

Advancing pulmonary, cardiovascular and critical care medicine.

Centre for Hip Health & Mobility

Centre for Hip Health & Mobility

Committed to lessening the burden of arthritis and fall-related fractures through a focus on prevention, detection, and improved treatment of bone and joint diseases.


Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Exploring the genetic basis of disease, with the goal of developing diagnostic methods and treatments for both common and rare disorders.

Brain Research Centre

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Uniting research and clinical expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology.

Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging

Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging

Bringing together researchers across disciplines to harness the science of healthy aging to help people stay healthy, happy, and active longer into old age.


Human Early Learning Partnership

Addressing early child development issues from “cell to society,” encompassing everything from how early experience affects the development of the brain, to children’s development over time, to family policy.

Institute for Mental Health

Institute of Mental Health

Seeking new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of some of the most challenging issues in modern medicine.


International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)

A multi-disciplinary effort, encompassing basic sciences, social sciences, surgery, rehabilitation, engineering, kinesiology, education and the humanities to find relevant solutions for people with spinal cord injury.


Life Sciences Institute

Dedicated to discovering the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying health and disease in an environment designed to catalyze research ideas and interests.

Northern Centre for Clinical Research

Northern Centre for Clinical Research

Fostering collaborative clinical and medical life sciences research across the north.


Providence Health Care Research Institute

Research expertise includes laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological research in the fields of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal diseases, psychiatry, and geriatrics.

Centre for Disease Control

UBC Centre for Disease Control

Providing analytical and policy support to all levels of government and health authorities in the understanding, management and prevention of communicable diseases.

Hospital emergency

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Focusing on innovation and discoveries that improve patient health; transform health systems; create technology transfer jobs; and foster a new generation of knowledge and innovation leaders.

Prostate Gland Adenocarcinoma

Vancouver Prostate Centre

Seeking the reasons for treatment resistance in advanced prostate cancer and translating that into new products and treatments to improve longevity and quality of life.

Centre for Ethics

W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

Advancing research and teaching in science and technology ethics and policy, organizational ethics, animal welfare, health, the environment, and research ethics.

Women’s Health Research Institute

Women’s Health Research Institute

Devoted to improving the health and health care of girls and women through knowledge generation.

UBC Senate-approved and/or Faculty of Medicine-approved research centres and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine.

Learn more about the many additional research groups and programs affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine.