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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UBC researchers identify the most dangerous prescriptions for B.C. drivers

The results indicate a need for more caution among drivers taking medications, and specific advice from physicians who prescribe them.
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Weak antibody response to first vaccine dose may leave older adults vulnerable

The findings raise questions about the optimal timing of the second dose of vaccine for older adults.
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B.C. saw a dramatic increase in pre-conception cannabis use after legalization

Findings from a new UBC study show a 71 per cent increase in self-reported cannabis use among women who were about to conceive.
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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.
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Cannabis could reduce fentanyl use, reduce overdose risk

New research suggest cannabis could improve treatment outcomes for people in care for opioid addiction.
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Teens who participate in extracurriculars, get less screen time, have better mental health

A new study found spending less than two hours per day of recreational screen time was associated with lower levels of anxiety.
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Tracking and predicting the spread of the virus

Since COVID-19 broke, UBC's Drs. Danuta Skowronski & Dr. David Patrick have been tracking & forecasting the spread of the virus.
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New research comparing HIV medications set to change international recommendations

The study found that dolutegravir is the optimal medication for first-line treatment for people newly diagnosed with HIV.
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On-scene care saves more lives than transporting cardiac arrest patients to hospital​

UBC’s Dr. Brian Grunau weighs in on the findings of his new study on treating cardiac arrests.
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