Core Area – Research Excellence

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

A University of British Columbia-led study has identified a computer technique that health facilities can use to screen, diagnose and monitor COVID-19 pneumonia more efficiently.  The researchers found that a pre-trained neural network called DarkNet-19 can rapidly and reliably detect COVID-19 on chest X-rays. The network recognized the disease’s imaging patterns on nearly 6,000 chest X-rays with […]

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

A group of researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus are working to find sustainable ways of managing the Okanagan landscape in collaboration with Syilx traditional knowledge holders, with support from UBC research cluster funding. Enhancing Ecosystem Sustainability: A Syilx/Settler Science Collaboration is an interdisciplinary research cluster that aims to contribute solutions to issues of importance to […]

UBC doctoral student wins Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

UBC doctoral student wins Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

UBC PhD student Jennifer Lavalley has been named a 2020 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar. Jennifer is pursuing her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies, exploring the experiences of Indigenous people who use drugs, in order to optimize and ensure the cultural relevance of overdose-focused harm reduction and substance use treatment. Prior to her current position as a […]

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

The response to COVID-19 and the demands on medical-grade personal protective equipment, including medical masks, has turned a spotlight on the need for improved supply lines and the manufacture of masks locally. Researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia have responded to the challenge, designing a fully compostable and biodegradable N95 […]

Greening our world through automation

Greening our world through automation

Research2Reality recently profiled the work of Curtis Berlinguette, professor of chemistry at UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Berlinguette is working on the world’s first self-driving robot to help make new materials for clean technologies. Berlinguette co-leads Project Ada, short for Autonomous Discovery Accelerator for Materials Innovation, a group with the goal to fast-track development […]

Latest innovative sustainability research studies how climate change will impact seafood security

Latest innovative sustainability research studies how climate change will impact seafood security

In a study recently published in Global Change Biology, Muhammed Oyinlola, postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and William Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability under Global Change at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, looked at how climate change could impact 85 species of fish and molluscs that […]

Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new exoplanets.

UBC student discovers 17 new planets, including potentially habitable, Earth-sized world

UBC Physics and Astronomy Ph.D. candidate Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA’s Kepler mission. Over its original four-year mission, the Kepler satellite looked for planets, especially those that lie in the “Habitable Zones” of their stars, where liquid water could exist […]

2019 Faculty research award recipients

UBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Faculty Research Awards. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, applied science, science, and medicine.  Please visit https://research.ubc.ca/research-excellence/awards-honours/faculty-research-award-winners to read about this year’s recipients.

Enhancing Support for Advanced Research Computing

UBC has further expanded its support of the research community with an additional capital investment of $10.6 million in advanced research computing infrastructure. This investment increases UBC’s capacity to support UBC researchers in all disciplines to meet immediate needs surrounding data storage and computing power through UBC ARC Sockeye. Sockeye was initially established through a […]

Funding available to foster collaborations in research excellence

Funding available to foster collaborations in research excellence

UBC is supporting our research community to establish new or expand upon existing research collaborations through the Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) program. This renewed and expanded program is currently seeking applications to support partnerships between our campuses, or with researchers at the University of Washington or UCLA. The CRMA began as a means to […]