Research Excellence Clusters

Research clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers addressing key societal and cultural problems, and working together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries associated with departments, institutions, and funding agencies.

Clusters are recognized as either established or emerging depending on multiple factors relating to their developmental stage and funding requirements. Please visit UBC Research + Innovation for more.

In 2023/24, 3 Research Excellence Clusters have been funded in the Department of Medicine. Funding is awarded through Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competitions.


The Collaborative Entity for ceREBrovasculaR Ischemia (CEREBRI)

The Collaborative Entity for ceREBrovasculaR Ischemia (CEREBRI) is an emerging cluster comprised of multidisciplinary health professionals, clinician-scientists, health policy-makers, neuroscientists, UBC academic Faculty of Medicine Departments / Divisions as well as patient & family partners who are collectively focused on improving the clinical outcomes of British Columbians with diseases emanating from cerebral ischemia. The cluster will focus its main research themes on creating new and novel projects that are based upon forging breakthroughs in the diagnosis, management and understanding the pathophysiology of cerebral ischemia based diseases in humans.

Cluster Lead: Mypinder Sekhon (Division of Critical Care Medicine)

Climate Change Health Effects, Adaptation, and ResiLience (HEAL)

The Climate Change Health Effects, Adaptation, and resiLience (HEAL) cluster is an interdisciplinary research excellence group that aims to understand the health effects of extreme weather events caused by climate change and develop adaptive solutions through an integrated knowledge translation lens.

Cluster Lead: Chris Carlsten (Division of Respiratory Medicine)


Data Science and Health

The Data Science and Health Cluster is bridging the gap between health system data and UBC’s data science and research infrastructure, embedding analytics and innovation within clinical medicine to improve health outcomes.

Cluster Lead: Anita Palepu (Division of General Internal Medicine)