Division of Medical Sciences

Two UVic students with Dr. Hector Cauncho in the lab.

Medical research addressing mental health problems

Dr. Hector Caruncho and Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk carry out research on depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, to provide better diagnoses and therapeutics, in order to help patients with mental illnesses.

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Graduate studies

UVic’s first multi-disciplinary graduate program in neuroscience focuses on training graduate students (MSc and PhD) to become world-class researchers.

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How do connections form between brain cells?

Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne's neuroscience research seeks to understand how these connections form between nerve cells at the molecular level.

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Rejuvenating the Brain

Dr. Christie studies how the brains natural capacity for synaptic plasticity and neurogenesis can be harnessed to help alleviate neuropathology associated with aging, trauma, substance abuse  during pregnancy (Alcohol and Cannabis), and genetic disorders (Fragile-X Syndrome). Our work focuses on enhancing the brain’s natural capacity for self-repair and reorganization using a variety of sophisticated techniques.

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Ultrastructural changes in the damaged brain

Dr. Nahirney's lab uses electron microscopy to document how the ultrastructure of the brain changes in a number of human diseases including Alzheimer's disease, stress-induced memory loss, Nemaline myopathy, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Contribute to breakthroughs in medical science

The Division of Medical Sciences recruits top-ranked faculty, implements a successful multidisciplinary neuroscience graduate program, and obtains significant external research funding. In collaboration with other UVic departments and research centres, our research faculty contribute to breakthroughs in medical sciences, addressing some of society’s most pressing healthcare needs, such as the prevention and treatment of cancer, neurological disorders and diseases, and genetic disorders.

The neuroscience graduate program, hosted by the Division of Medical Sciences, was established to provide research trainees with a sophisticated, cutting-edge environment that inspires innovative discovery with world-class neuroscience researchers in well-funded and well-equipped research laboratories. Our program provides hands-on training opportunities that lead to careers in research, medicine, forensics, or social services.

The Division of Medical Sciences also welcomes applications from prospective post-doctoral fellows interested in doing research with one of our faculty. Our division offers post-doctoral fellows the opportunity to collaborate with other outstanding researchers and teachers in an innovative, supportive, diverse, and collegial environment.

The main focus of our teaching faculty is to support the Island Medical Program, in partnership with University of British Columbia’s MD Undergraduate program, training the next generation of health professionals to address the current and future health care needs of British Columbians.

Message from Dr. Bruce Wright, Head

Division of Medical Sciences Vision, Mission, and Values