Faculty of Medicine
Alzheimer's researcher reveals a protein's dual destructiveness – and therapeutic potential
A scientist at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the molecule that controls a scissor-like protein responsible for the production of plaques – the telltale sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Dec 3, 2012
Some MS patients experience “natural” improvements in disability: UBC-VCH research
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients sometimes experience “natural” improvements in disability at least over the short term, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
Oct 17, 2012
UBC receives $4.5M federal boost for health research
University of British Columbia researchers have received $4.5 million in federal support for multidisciplinary initiatives that combine science, engineering and medical expertise.
Sep 25, 2012
Severe flu increases risk of Parkinson’s: UBC research
Severe influenza doubles the odds that a person will develop Parkinson’s disease later in life, according to University of British Columbia researchers.
Jul 20, 2012
Widely prescribed MS treatment may not slow progression of disease: Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC Research
Researchers with the UBC Hospital MS Clinic and Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have published important data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about the impact of a common drug therapy on the progression of multiple sclerosis for people with the relapse-remitting form of the disease.
Jul 17, 2012
Inhalable nitric oxide shown safe as potential anti-microbial treatment: UBC-VCH research
Results from a clinical study by a UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research team have increased hope for a new, effective and inexpensive anti-microbial treatment using inhalable nitric oxide.
Jul 3, 2012
Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research
An international team led by human genetic researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the latest gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the help of a Canadian Mennonite family of Dutch-German-Russian ancestry.
Jun 27, 2012
Multiple sclerosis patients have lower risk of cancer: UBC-VCH research
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear to have a lower cancer risk, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health. The […]
Jun 21, 2012
Older women more prone to workplace injuries: UBC study
Although the rate of workplace injuries in Canada has been declining over the past two decades, some workers – older women in health care, for example – are much more vulnerable to serious injuries, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found.
Jun 20, 2012
Largest class of Aboriginal MDs graduate from UBC
Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a University of British Columbia medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring, the largest cohort of Aboriginal students to graduate in the history of the Faculty of Medicine and in the province.
May 22, 2012
Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia
Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors.
Apr 23, 2012
Scientists re-write rulebook on breast cancer in landmark global study
Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia have identified new breast cancer genes that could change the way the disease is diagnosed and form the basis of next-generation treatments.
Apr 18, 2012
Neuroethicist recommends guidelines on reporting research incidental findings
UBC Neurology Prof. Judy Illes is among 25 international leading researchers recommending the handling of incidental findings in genomic research in a paper published online today in the journal Genetics in Medicine.
Mar 21, 2012
UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private ‘treasure’ of early Bill Reid works
An important collection of early works by one of Canada’s best loved artists, Bill Reid, can be seen by the public for the first time thanks to a major donation to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) from Vancouver’s Friedman family.
Mar 5, 2012
UBC and four other Canadian universities chosen by U.S. to lead health education reform
The University of British Columbia is part of a Canadian collaborative selected by the U.S. Institute of Medicine to develop new models for training health professionals that are better tailored to today’s realities.
Feb 14, 2012
New UBC professorship focuses on women's cardiovascular health
The first research program in British Columbia to focus on gender-based differences in cardiovascular disease has been established by the University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care.
Oct 19, 2011
UBC gains $2.9 million for research infrastructure
University of British Columbia research in climate change, chemistry, medical imaging and physical therapy received a $2.9 million boost today from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Sep 1, 2011
Grey’s Anatomy: UBC edition
It’s a normal day on the wards for residents and MD students at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), until paramedics rush a patient with chest pains into the emergency room.
Sep 1, 2011 - by By Daniel Presnell
Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s: UBC research
A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has identified a genetic mutation that causes late-onset Parkinson’s disease, paving the way to a new target for potential treatments that may halt or cure the debilitating neurodegenerative disease.
Jul 14, 2011
UBC-VCH researchers funded by MS Society to investigate the validity of CCSVI
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of Saskatchewan has been selected by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the National MS Society to assess whether a syndrome known as chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency has a role in MS.
Jun 11, 2010