Over the years, our faculty members have made outstanding contributions in research. Major achievements include the discovery of four hormones, including calcitonin and teleocalcin (Dr. Copp) and GIP and motilin (Dr. John Brown), and seminal contributions to the fields of excitatory and inhibitory amino acids (Dr. Hugh McLennan), hypertension (Dr. Friedman) and muscle function (Dr. Bill Ovalle). As you will see when you visit the web pages of our current faculty members, a tradition of outstanding discovery research, which promises to transform medical knowledge and human health care, remains central to the CPS department’s vision.
With the formation of CPS, most of our faculty moved to the Life Sciences Institute when it opened in 2005. Other CPS Faculty members have research laboratories in the Brain Research Centre or the Biomedical Research Centre, both of which are in close proximity to the LSI on UBC’s Point Grey Campus (http://www.students.ubc.ca/youbc/va/virtualtour/). These research centers provide outstanding facilities for research and postgraduate teaching, and CPS faculty members contribute to teaching in a variety of graduate programs, including the Graduate Programs in Cell and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience. Other research strengths within the CPS department include faculty who are core members of the LSI Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Obesity, and Cell and Developmental Biology research groups. Through collaborative research interactions with UBC faculty based at other sites, our faculty members strive to translate their basic research findings into practical applications with the health care system of British Columbia. These interactions will be facilitated by improving internet-based conferencing and data exchange portals, and by engaging faculty on other sites as adjunct or associate faculty members of the CPS department.
As you explore our website, I hope you gain a sense of how privileged I feel to be given opportunity to work with such a dynamic and progressive group of colleagues who create an exceptional academic environment, in which undergraduate and postgraduate learners and postdoctoral research scientists from across the globe can excel and enjoy the truly remarkable place in which we live and work.
Edwin Moore, PhD
Professor & Interim Head