New UBC professorship to advance addiction medicine in B.C.

Dr. Nadia Fairbairn has been named the inaugural Philip Owen Professor in Addiction Medicine at UBC. The newly established professorship—the first of its kind in Canada—will help close the evidence-to-practice gap to strengthen the addiction treatment system in British Columbia. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t lose sight of the other public health emergency affecting […]

$1M gift from Stober Foundation to support UBCO students and public health

Stober Family Foundation will help students in every discipline succeed. With the physical and mental well-being of UBC Okanagan students and the community top of mind, the Stober Family have donated $1 million to support student scholarships, research and community health initiatives over the next five years. The gift comes during a pivotal period of […]

Rise Up: Donor-funded community clinic is busier than ever during pandemic

While much of the world was forced to shut down at the start of the pandemic, the Rise Women’s Legal Centre, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, had to quickly find ways to continue their operations online. “Rise is busier than ever because women still face the exacerbated tensions of living with abusers, and abusers using COVID […]

Ten UBC students receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship

Ten students have been named UBC’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. Yoshi Esanullah, Rita Jin, Adam Gurbin, Aidan Eglin, Romina Mahinpei, Niki McIntosh, Ethan Lodermeier, James Ropotar, Kailey Beckie, and Susan Chung have been named the University of British Columbia’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. Out of a pool of 350,000 […]

Professor Santa J. Ono reappointed as president and vice-chancellor of UBC

Professor Santa J. Ono has been appointed to a second five-year term as president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, the university announced today. Ono was originally appointed to a five-year term that began in 2016. “Professor Ono has been a remarkable leader helping propel UBC forward as a globally recognized university known […]

UBC expands research into historical Indigenous art through $6 million endowment

UBC alumnus, Michael Audain, OC, OBC, one of B.C.’s most ardent champions of the visual arts has donated $3 million to UBC to create the Audain Chair in Historical Indigenous Art. The gift, supported through the Audain Foundation, will be matched by the university to create a $6 million endowment. Recruitment of an internationally recognized […]

New gift will provide full tuition support for ten law students annually

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is pleased to announce a generous donation by The Honourable Grant Burnyeat Q.C. (LLB ‘73) to provide tuition support for JD students who have demonstrated academic merit, have shown significant leadership skills, and face financial challenges that would prevent the start or completion of their law degree. This […]

UBC joins with leading BC medical research and public health organizations to form BC COVID-19 Combat Collective

The University of British Columbia is proud to stand alongside the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, BC Cancer Foundation and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as part of the BC COVID-19 Combat Collective. It represents an assembly of the province’s leaders in medical research and public health to save the lives of our most vulnerable […]

Donor-funded law clinic at UBC takes extraordinary steps to continue supporting Indigenous communities during outbreak

COVID-19 threatened to end the most valuable work experience 10 law students have ever had. The students from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC had spent more than two months from January to March doing legal work for clients at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, gaining practical experience […]

Investment offers hope for kids with epilepsy linked to gene mutations

With a generous gift from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, the UBC Faculty of Medicine has uncovered more gene mutations responsible for epilepsy in children who don’t respond to traditional therapies. The study, led by Professor of Medical Genetics Matt Farrer in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, will help neurologists provide earlier, more precise […]

Whistler’s Gibbons family creates UBC student award to honour late mother

$500,000 gift will be matched by UBC, to create new entrance awards for UBC students Thanks to a generous gift from Richard (Dick) and Colleen Gibbons of Whistler, BC, a new Centennial Scholars Award has been established at the University of British Columbia (UBC), to honour Dick’s late Mother, Mary, who was primarily responsible for […]

UBC remembers Dr. Robert H. Lee, CM, OBC

On behalf of the entire UBC Development and Alumni Engagement team, I am deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Robert H. Lee, CM, OBC, passed away on February 19, 2020. Bob was, without question, one of UBC’s most dedicated and passionate alumni, and his many contributions to the UBC and Vancouver communities, to British Columbia […]