Research Office

Department of Medicine Research Office

The mission of the Research Office is to support and advance research, scholarship and innovation in the Department of Medicine.

Our goals are to uphold the values of the Department of Medicine and to assist in the development of a new collaborative, goal oriented research culture.

The Research Office and the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) are committed to celebrating the success of our researchers who have helped the Department of Medicine achieve a position as a preeminent research centre.

What Can the Research Office Do for You?

Meet the Research Office Team

Teresa S.M. Tsang, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE
Acting Co-Head and 
Associate Head Research 

Dr. Tsang was appointed Associate Head, Research in September 2011. She is a Professor of Medicine within the Division of Cardiology with expertise in echocardiography and clinical epidemiology. She was recruited to the Department of Medicine in late 2009 from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She is internationally recognized for her research in atrial fibrillation; echocardiographic prediction and prevention of first atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke; atrial remodeling and reversal; and diastolic function. In her capacity as Associate Head Research, Dr. Tsang will oversee the strategic operations of the Research Office, and take the leadership role in the implementation of the recommendations of the Research Task Force and the external review of research, and develop other initiatives to advance the research mission of the Department.

Jody Swift, PhD
Manager, Research Operations
(604) 875 – 4111 ext. 21503

Jody joined the research office in 2013. She holds a PhD in chemistry specializing in biophysics and microscopy. Prior to joining the Department of Medicine she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University; developing novel pharmacodynamic assays for whole cell imaging and quantification of both direct receptor activation and GPCR-RTK transactivation. Through these endeavors she has gained significant experience in grant writing, ethics applications, scientific reporting, workshop development and public speaking. Working in conjunction with Dr. Tsang, Dr. Swift will be responsible for the management and support of the research activities in the Department of Medicine.

Department of Medicine Mission Statement

  1. Respect the dignity, individuality, and needs of our patients
  2. Strive to discover new knowledge that will advance state-of-the-art care
  3. Ensure effective and innovating teaching of our students
  4. Optimize our organization to promote both professional and personal fulfillment
  5. Value the efforts and achievement of teams and individuals who work to face the challenges of modern medicine

Department of Medicine Research Strategy

Research Strategy

The Research Office was established in late 2011 in response to the needs and growth of the research enterprise. It’s function is to address issues and impediments in research processes and create  a new infrastructure to enhance the research experience within all levels of the department. The Department of Medicine Research Strategy was created to help integrate the priorities of the Research Office with the overall DOM Mission and focus of the Department, Faculty and UBC.  We have chosen to STRIVE for excellence in research by focusing our efforts on the following six core principles:


If you have any questions about the Research Office, if you have a suggestion for research support you would like us to hear, or if you have a research project you would like assistance with, please contact us at:

Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
10th floor, Room 10121 – 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604 875 4111 ext 21503
Fax: 604 875 4886