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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Medications to treat alcohol addiction underused: new study

Despite their safety and effectiveness, new UBC research shows medications for alcohol use disorder are being underutilized.
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Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays

UBC ophthalmology and visual sciences professor Dr. Neeru Gupta discusses the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays.
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Climate change is increasing the risk of Lyme disease in Canada. Take steps to protect yourself.

UBC emerging pathogen expert Dr. Muhammad Morshed shares tips to protect yourself from tick-borne illnesses.
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There’s more to water safety than lifejackets. Know how to keep your kids safe this summer.

UBC injury prevention expert Dr. Ian Pike shares top tips to keep you and your kids safe this summer.
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How superbugs get their superpowers

A breakthrough study reveals how superbugs like MRSA develop antibiotic resistance, paving the way for new therapies.
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Prenatal education by text message is working, UBC research shows

The SmartMom text messaging program developed by UBC researchers has delivered advice to 14,000 expectant British Columbians.
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How UBC researchers laid the groundwork for free contraception in B.C.

Dr. Wendy Norman shares what the milestone for gender equity and health access will mean for people in B.C. and beyond.
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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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