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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Building an environment to combat prostate cancer

Collaborative research environment at the Vancouver Prostate Centre is transforming patient care.
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Breakthrough discoveries change how we understand breast cancer

Scientists at UBC and the BC Cancer Agency have transformed our understanding of breast cancer and set the stage for the development of new treatments.
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A Japanese art leads to a futuristic innovation – brain “organoids”

Spheroids of brain cells that were skewered onto needles could provide a more authentic, 3-D model for studying gliomas.
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150th cancer patient receives leading-edge genomic testing at BC Children’s Hospital

Researchers Bruce Carleton and Rod Rassekh of a leading-edge genomic testing program recently treated its 150th patient.
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Today’s Assignment: Breed a Sweet Solution

Led by Dr. Leonard Foster, scientists at UBC are working to reverse declining honeybee numbers.
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A new test to help doctors monitor and treat type 1 diabetes

Megan Levings identified a genetic signature that measures changes in regulatory T-cells from a small blood sample.
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Seeking an end to newborns’ “diagnostic odysseys”

Matthew Farrer's lab will sequence a portion of critically ill infants' genomes within a week.
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Advancing new frontiers: personalized medicine

Drs. Marco Marra and Janessa Laskin are leading a province-wide initiative using DNA sequencing technologies to examine the composition of individual cancer genomes and to help deduce the most viable treatment options for patients.
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