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.

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

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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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Putting Canada at the forefront of precision medicine

Sriram Subramaniam joins UBC as the Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design.
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UBC attracts over $40M to host Networks of Centres of Excellence in nanomedicines

Led by Pieter Cullis, the NanoMedicines Innovation Network aims to develop nanomedicines that will deliver drugs more specifically to the sites of disease.
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New study first to identify an expanded section of DNA as cause of a rare genetic metabolic disorder

Researchers found an unusual genetic mutation behind three children’s undiagnosed, degenerative conditions.
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New tumour test could guide personalized treatment for children with cancer

Scientists at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital are the first in Canada to use a new test for pediatric tumour analysis.
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UBC researchers find gene signature that predicts outcome after spinal cord injury

The authors, including MD/PhD students, integrated data from decades of small-scale studies using a systems biology approach.
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UBC Medicine receives 40% of national genomics funding

The 10 projects, totaling $101 million, include an effort to reduce the risk of kidney transplant rejection.
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Uncoding cancer – one cell at a time

UBC Professor Sohrab Shah talks about his interests in biology and computer science, and why he thinks genomics will tip the scales in beating cancer.
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