Welcome Message from Dr. Oscar Casiro, MD, FRCPC Head of the Division of Medical Sciences
The Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria promotes scholarship and innovation in medical education at the University of Victoria and expands the university's involvement in interdisciplinary research areas that help to address societal health needs. When the UBC MD Undergraduate Program expanded and distributed its 4 -year medical school curriculum across BC, including the Island Medical Program at UVic, the Division was established to support medical education and research.
We have basic scientists working on leading–edge research, supported by more than a dozen graduate students. One of the major areas of research in the Division is neuroscience. Scientists and students in this research area are studying Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FSD), inherited developmental disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, stroke and how the process of aging changes the brain. We also have academic clinicians conducting clinical research in anesthesiology, cardiology, psychology and community genetics, the latter with a focus on northern and indigenous health issues.
We are a growing program, and are eagerly looking forward to the formal establishment of an interdisciplinary graduate program in neuroscience, which will be based in the Division. The Neuroscience Program will build on existing strengths in the Biology and Psychology Departments, the Division of Medical Sciences and the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education.
I am confident that faculty, clinicians and students in the Division of Medical Sciences will make important and long-lasting contributions to health and health care in BC and beyond.