Population Health

With a central focus on patient-centred care and innovative solutions, UBC researchers are committed to improving the health of our communities and access to care – both nationally and globally.

Together with our partners, our researchers are breaking down barriers to care and exploring further treatment and preventative initiatives in areas such as HIV/AIDS, HPV and addictions.

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Traffic pollution impairs brain function

First-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain.
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Improving opioid prescribing practices

New study reveals discontinuing opioid therapy for pain may increase risk of overdose; suggests enhanced prescribing guidance is needed.
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Preventing overdoses for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulants

Study shows people who use stimulants face an increased risk of overdose following release from correctional centres.
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UBC researchers improving mental-health and addiction treatments with new provincial funding

The funding will support research in areas like child and youth mental health and treatments for opioid-use disorder.
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New study explores experiences of youth who use drugs as they navigate treatment options

The findings reveal key barriers to access and policy changes that could improve youth engagement with harm reduction services.
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Even low levels of air pollution contribute to increased health risk

A UBC-led study identified risk of mortality at pollution levels below many national standards.
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Nurturing through nature

UBC researchers have received a $1.3 million federal grant to help increase outdoor play in daycares.
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Access to safer supply rapidly increased during COVID-19

New clinical guidelines and policy changes across Canada helped drive scale-up in prescribing services.
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Unlocking the secrets of healthy aging — from society to cell

Dr. Michael Kobor is building a cutting-edge research program aimed at helping people live longer, healthier lives.
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How drug decriminalization in B.C. could help save lives

Addictions expert Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes answers key questions about the decriminalization of illegal drugs.
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