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Today, there are more people alive on our planet than ever before—and they are living longer than at any time in human history. How will we ensure quality of life in the years to come?

The solutions required to advance healthy lives will not come from a single discipline. UBC is committed to advancing wellness in all its forms—mental, physical, and emotional.

UBC’s health disciplines cross multiple faculties and schools, including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dentistry, Arts, Education, Applied Science, Nursing, and Medicine. Our world-leading medical school is home to one of North America’s largest cohorts of medical students, and we lead the nation in psychology, kinesiology and sports-related research.

Together, these programs are uniquely positioned to fulfill UBC’s contract with society by driving the knowledge that leads to prevention and new treatments, products and services. Your gift will help reduce the time it takes to turn research into results, and ensure more equitable access to healthcare and healthier outcomes across the generations.

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How UBC is taking the world forward

All across UBC’s campuses, our faculty, students and staff are working to advance healthy lives, create solutions for the planet and shape thriving societies. When you make a gift to support UBC, you are helping move our world forward. Read more about the amazing work of our researchers, and what motivates them, in our featured campaign stories.

UBC’s Drone Transport Initiative: Signaling the future of medical care for remote communities

Funded by the TD Ready Challenge, as well as gifts from Canfor and LifeLabs, Dr. John Pawlovich is leading a team of collaborators exploring how drone technology can help deliver much-needed medical services.

Biomedical innovation: Living cell therapies promise to transform the future of medicine

Dr. Megan Levings knows we are close to a future where we will activate our body’s own immune response to cure a breadth of diseases—from cancer to Type 1 diabetes, transplant rejection, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

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Featured causes that need your support

Translational Medicine and Bio-innovation

Your support will help accelerate breakthroughs for diseases that affect the lives of all Canadians, such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, mental illnesses, and neurodegeneration. Our goal: to cut the delivery time for life-saving medical innovations in half.

Gateway Health Building

Support the creation of one convenient location for students to access a full range of health and wellbeing services and programs, delivered by teams of health care students and professionals from across the disciplines

UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program

Good oral hygiene is essential to living a healthy life. With your support, we can work together to make sure all seniors have timely access to oral healthcare.

FORWARD for Students Affordability Initiative

Affordability is the greatest challenge facing students today. The time for action is now—you can help UBC students to build a better future for us all.

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Other areas where you can make a difference

Creating solutions for the planet

Food and forest, sea and sky: sustainability touches every aspect of our living world and impacts environmental, social, and economic health around the globe. With your help, we will expand our “green innovation” efforts to respond to the climate emergency and deliver new solutions for the future.

Shaping thriving societies

At UBC, our commitment to resilient societies runs deep: with a dedication to meaningful reconciliation with the people of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Syilx Okanagan nations, on whose traditional lands our campuses reside.

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FORWARD, the campaign for UBC, is advancing healthy lives, creating solutions for the planet, and shaping thriving societies. Donors and alumni are the catalyst making it happen.

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Give, and together we will move the world forward.