Health and life sciences

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As a nurse and scientist with UVic's School of Nursing and Centre for Addictions Research of BC, Bernie Pauly helps reorient health and social systems to prevent harms from substance use and deliver better care. From the front lines of the overdose crisis, poverty and homelessness, she improves responses through community-university research partnerships.

Shaping healthier communities

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

We are known for excellence in community-engaged research. Our research strengths in areas like cognitive health, child and youth care, Indigenous health, palliation and mental health and addictions directly support healthy people, places and communities in Canada.

UVic's edge in healthy communities

Healthy communities

Mental health and addictions

The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is a national leader in substance use and addictions research in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. CARBC engages in collaborative research with both community and government, aimed at new policy development.

CISUR is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Their research informs a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not.

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Indigenous well-being

UVic researchers are working to close the gap in the health inequities experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada, with demonstrated research excellence in such areas as the health and well-being of Indigenous women and youth, and health issues related to HIV/AIDS in Indigenous communities.

A cornerstone of the university’s Indigenous research endeavour is the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). Through engaging with stakeholders in British Columbia, across Canada and internationally, CIRCLE is an active advocate for promoting relevant and ethical research that addresses the urgent disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples.

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Cognitive health

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.

Building on over 20 years of exemplary research activity, the Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health (IALH) is well-positioned to address the challenges and opportunities this demographic shift offers individuals, families, communities and nations.

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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.

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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.

UVic's Centre for Biomedical Research (CBR) is a collaborative group of scientists and clinicians investigating problems related to human health and disease, with an emphasis on genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology. Researchers from several UVic departments, UVic's Division of Medical Sciences, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Cancer Agency all collaborate and contribute to this interdisciplinary centre.

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