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.

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.

Piotr Blachut teaches residents on the patient ward at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

ClearWealth Advisors Inc. in Vancouver supports the expansion of orthopaedic care to rural Uganda

Newly trained orthopaedic surgeons are ready to set up practice at regional hospitals across rural Uganda, except the operating rooms aren’t equipped with the high-tech tools they need.