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
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 […] Read More >

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 […] Read More >

Learning in Rural BC Builds Experience and Lifelong Bonds
Rural communities across BC are facing a critical shortage of physicians. UBC is helping address this health care challenge by introducing students to rural opportunities at a time when they are forming decisions about their career paths. Mike Bergunder was one of 250 students who travelled to a rural community as part of his third year of medical training. Read More >

A 25-year partnership in professionalizing occupational hygiene
A quarter-century ago, UBC and the Workers’ Compensation Board saw the need to improve the safety and health of workers in British Columbia, many of them employed in the forestry and oil and gas industries. Solutions to workplace hazards and knowledge about the health effects, they agreed, should come from professionals with specialized training. Read More >

Weaving threads for equity
When Laura Bulk, MOT’14, is on the job as an occupational therapist, she helps people who were injured in motor vehicle accidents continue doing the activities that bring meaning to their lives. Read More >

One B.C. Leader Pays Tribute to Another
Brandt Louie, chair of British Columbia’s second largest retailer, London Drugs, was the first to support a professorship to honour the legacy of Victor Gomel, the pioneering head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Read More >

A cruel disease, two maverick approaches
Neil Cashman and Blair Leavitt have been willing to climb out onto separate limbs – perhaps farther than many colleagues would be willing to go – in their respective efforts to find a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Read More >

An angel for ovarian cancer research
Inspired by medical and scientific discoveries in BC that are changing the prevention, early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer around the world, Dr. Chew’s family and friends have honoured his determination to improve cancer outcomes by giving more than $8.5 million to the UBC Faculty of Medicine in the past five years. Read More >

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. Read More >

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. Read More >