Health and life sciences

Biochemists Terry Pearson (pictured) and Washington DC-based Leigh Anderson, along with their start-up company SISCAPA Assay Technologies Inc., have developed a way to measure more than 25 different biomarkers at once in just one drop of blood

Microbiologist Caroline Cameron is a world leader in the basic science of the bacterium that causes syphilis.

Chemist Frank van Veggel is a pioneer in prostate cancer research, creating very small things—light-emitting nanoparticles—that can locate and attach to tumours in the human body.

Nursing researcher Kelli Stajduhar has dedicated her career to transforming policy and practice for end-of-life care for patients and their caregivers in BC and beyond.

Mechanical engineer Nikolai Dechev, who leads the Biomedical Engineering Program at UVic, is exploring the use of 3D printers to produce low-cost prosthetic hands for amputees in Guatamala and Nepal.

Neuroscientist Paul Zehr studies how the nervous system controls movement and rehabilitation of walking after stroke or spinal cord injury.

Shaping a healthier society

Working with community groups and leaders, governments, health authorities and other health care agencies, more than 200 of our researchers are providing the evidence-based knowledge that health practitioners and decision-makers need to improve the health and well-being of Canadians.

A holistic approach

In recent years there’s been a significant shift in our understanding of what determines good health. Greater attention is being paid to a range of social, economic, environmental and health service factors that interact in complex ways to influence the health and wellness of individuals, communities and populations.

Our researchers are national leaders in the areas of aging, mental health and addictions, community health promotion, Aboriginal health, health informatics, bioethics, environment and health, and social determinants of health.

Meeting tomorrow’s health needs

Our biomedical researchers probe the basics of how the body functions, what causes disease, and what new diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative tools can be developed to meet the health needs of Canadians.

Areas of expertise include neuroscience, medical physics, nanomaterials, biotechnology, developmental biology, cardiovascular disease, cell signalling and cancer, infection and immunity, biomedical engineering, mathematical modelling of disease dynamics and epidemiology, and technologies for people with disabilities.

Mining our genetic heritage

Our researchers are world leaders in the development, use and application of genomics and proteomics technologies. In the health field, their research is laying the groundwork for advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the design of new drugs and therapies.

At the core of our proteomics research is the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre, which provides cutting-edge technologies to academic and industry clients across Canada and around the world. It also serves as a national platform for large-scale research projects funded by Genome Canada and the Canadian government.