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Health and wellness

Many complex factors contribute to health and wellness across the lifespan. At UVic, we’re at the forefront of innovative and community-responsive research on the social, cultural and biomedical determinants of health and wellness. Our work also includes disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and cure.

Our impact extends to local, national and international policy. Our work supports community programs for substance use and at-risk people and enables end-of-life care for marginalized populations. We promote wellness and healthy aging through movement, music, language, theatre and visual arts.

UVic Health Initiative

The UVic Health Initiative (UHI)​ advances our impact area in health and wellness. The UHI aims to enhance the quality and raise the profile of health research, programs and related activities at UVic. It is a joint activity of the offices of the Vice-President Research and Innovation and the Vice-President Academic and Provost. With more than 200 faculty who self-identify as health researchers, the UHI focuses on advancing lifelong health for all. UVic has strengths in the signature areas of healthy aging, Indigenous health, mental health and translational medicine.

Mental health and addictions

UVic researchers tackle mental health from many different perspectives with expertise in many domains. The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is a national leader in substance use and addictions research. They work closely with community and government partners to promote health and reduce harm.

Indigenous well-being

UVic scholars are dedicated to expanding well-being by building on strengths of Indigenous Peoples. The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) is essential to this work. CIRCLE promotes, facilitates and leads research that improves Indigenous Peoples' well-being.

Lifelong health

The Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health (IALH) works to improve the health and quality of life of individuals across their lifespan. IALH addresses the challenges and opportunities that aging offers individuals, families, communities and nations.

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Youth mental and physical health

The Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS) works toward youth health and well-being. They design and conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with local and international partners.

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The UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre is advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Their work also contributes to the design of new drugs and therapies. They provide cutting-edge technologies to institutions across Canada and around the world.

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UVic’s research chair in Indigenous mental health

With a Sept. 22 naming ceremony, the inaugural position of Chief Mungo Martin Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health is held by Emily Haigh, with funding by a $1.5M gift from Bruce McKean.

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Indigenous naming ceremony

UVic is grateful to the family of Chief Mungo Martin for the honour of the title of the research chair in Indigenous mental health. The naming ceremony was held Sept. 22 at Mungo Martin House.

Open Seven scholars join Royal Society of Canada

Seven scholars join Royal Society of Canada

On Sept. 6, the Royal Society of Canada announced seven scholars from UVic are elected to Canada’s highest academic honour.

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