Impact of Giving

Gifts to the Faculty of Medicine contribute to improving health locally, nationally, and internationally. Explore some examples of what our students and faculty are achieving with donor support.

Left to right: Amir, Natasha, and Dr. Erin Michalak.

Youth living well with Bipolar Disorder

Once Amir was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he was eager to understand this brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. He didn’t need to look any further than Vancouver to find Dr. Erin Michalak, network leader of CREST.BD, a team that studies psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder with youth ages […]

Shedding new light on life with personalized medicine

Shedding new light on life with personalized medicine

After listening to bedtime stories and watching the light switch off, Olivia Grech lay in her new toddler bed next to her mother and tried to fall asleep. Glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to the ceiling shone down on her, but her mother noticed that Olivia never pointed at them. When Olivia turned two years old, her […]

MD/PhD student Philip Edgcumbe in the lab

Supporting tomorrow’s clinician-scientists

Philip Edgcumbe’s latest invention flips organs inside-out. The miniature projector he developed, dubbed the “Pico Lantern,” overlays a map of subsurface blood vessels on organs during minimally invasive surgeries. The result? The promise of faster, less costly surgeries, with a reduced risk of surgeons accidentally nicking blood vessels and causing surgical bleeds. As a sixth-year […]

Charles Fipke, left, with Fipke Professor in Alzheimer’s Research Haakon Nygaard. Photo: Brian Kladko.

Accelerating the quest to treat Alzheimer’s

The current numbers are ominous and the projections even worse – over 747,000 Canadians 65 and older now live with Alzheimer’s disease, a number expected to double to 1.4 million by 2031. Dr. Haakon Nygaard, UBC’s new Fipke Professor in Alzheimer’s Research, says Alzheimer’s affects everybody, not just those afflicted with it.