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.

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.

256 Channels of Hope for Families with Schizophrenia

256 Channels of Hope for Families with Schizophrenia

Most people enjoy the sound of laughter, but not Wes Pahl. When Wes hears laughter, he is tormented by the thought that people are laughing at him or about him. He suffers from schizophrenia, a debilitating disease that causes delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thinking—a disease that causes people like Wes to live in conflict with the world around them.