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.


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. Read More >


The Sensor Project Launches to Save Thousands of Lives in the Developing World
The first fundraiser for the Sensor Project was held on May 28, 2015, raising more than $13,000 for a life-saving initiative in the developing world led by UBC clinicians and scientists. Read More >


Chinese Immigrants Linked by Contributions to Canadian Health
Chew Wei came to Vancouver late in his life. Tak Wah Mak made the same journey in his youth – first to the U.S., then to Canada. But the two men had much more than their migration in common: They also contributed mightily to cancer research in their adopted homeland. Read More >


A vision for the Downtown Eastside: Better eyesight
The patients who come to the Faculty of Medicine’s eye clinic on East Hastings Street have conditions rarely encountered in the rest of Vancouver: repeated eye trauma, damage from HIV-related infections, venereal infections in the eyes, talc from injected cocaine blocking blood vessels. Such is the nature of ophthalmology in the Downtown Eastside. Read More >


Brain change
Lara Boyd explores whether an unorthodox curriculum has a neurological impact on children. Read More >


Funding moves treatments closer to a cure for Crohn’s and colitis
Most Canadians wouldn’t associate their country with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. But, with 230,000 Canadians living with these diseases, Crohn’s and colitis have been called “Canada’s disease”. Read More >


Exercising health across BC: physical therapy students learn in more communities
For urban Canadians, access to physical therapy is rarely in question. For BC residents in northern or rural locations, however, access to health professionals can’t be taken for granted. Read More >


Hope for families with heart rhythm disorders
In early 2010, Victor Thay, a fun-loving friend, generous family member, and accomplished fund manager, passed away from sudden cardiac arrest. His friends, family, and even he himself did not know that he had been living with Long QT syndrome. Read More >


A glowing display to celebrate philanthropy
On July 25, 2014 the UBC Faculty of Medicine completed an update to its donor wall in the Life Sciences Centre, commemorating its wide range of generous supporters. Read More >


A self-funded effort at academic enrichment
For more than 20 years, UBC radiologists have been funding -- out of their own pockets -- fellowships for residents and newly-appointed specialists from Canada and beyond. Read More >