Precision Health

UBC is helping to reshape health care through advances in genomics, proteomics, microbiomics and metabolomics, along with biomedical engineering and informatics. Our expanding ability to generate data from these realms, process it and act on it is transforming how we prevent, diagnose and manage complex diseases — moving away from a “one size fits all” strategy to approaches geared specifically to each individual patient.

New Initiatives

Learn more about precision health initiatives in the Faculty of Medicine including events and catalyst grants.

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Parenting ‘style’ affects children at a molecular level

Changes were observed in DNA sites located in genes associated with the immune system and cognitive development.
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UBC researcher embraces big data, helping uncover deeper insights into the genetics of autism

Dr. Suzanne Lewis shares how a new initiative will advance autism research and potentially alter the future of diagnosis and care.
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UBC scientist identifies a gene that controls thinness

A new study by Dr. Josef Penninger shines new light on why some people can eat as much as they want, and still stay thin.
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Genetic variants place Asians at higher risk of side effects to common medications

A new study by UBC medical student Cody Lo reveals just how serious the side effects can be from commonly prescribed drugs for gout through to depression.
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How do men and women store fat differently? Ask the fruit fly.

Researchers have made a fundamental genetic discovery about differences between how males and females store fat.
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New DNA “clock” could help measure development in young children

This could allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders.
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UBC scientists capture images of gene-editing enzymes in action

Findings hold promise for future treatment of human diseases caused by DNA mutations.
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Scientists edge closer to root causes of multiple sclerosis

Researchers led by Carles Vilariño-Güell found mutations in 12 genes believed to be largely responsible for the onset of MS.
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A new way of diagnosing and treating disease — without cutting skin

UBC researchers develop new laser microscope that could be ‘revolutionary’ for treatment of diseases such as skin cancer.
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Global leader in precision cancer drug design joins the faculty of medicine

Dr. Sriram Subramaniam is recognized as a global leader in the emerging field of cryo-electron microscopy.
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