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Welcome from Dean Michael Coughtrie

Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Our vision is to be a catalyst for change in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences, and as innovators in pharmacy education, research and practice, our goal is to support the optimization of drug therapy in the pursuit of improved patient outcomes.  As you explore our website you will discover an outstanding community of faculty, practitioners, students, staff and alumni working together to advance that goal. Moreover, the development of Catalyst for Change 2.0, our new strategic plan, defines our path forward and builds on the successes that we have achieved to date. To learn more click here.

Michael Coughtrie BSc(Hons) PhD FCAHS
Professor and Dean

At a Glance

By the Numbers

2023 QS World University Rankings, Pharmacy & Pharmacology: #30 Worldwide, #2 in Canada

As of July 2022 (from June 30, 2021 to July 1, 2022)

  • Publications: 240
  • Grants: 131
  • Awards: 33
  • Media Hits: 21
  • Students: 879 Entry-to-Practice PharmD, 26 Flexible PharmD, 102 BPSc, 20 MSc, 42 PhD, 1,756 registrants in 37 Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development Programs and 86 Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program students
  • Alumni (total): 7,278
  • Experiential Education: 765 Practice Educators, 424 Practice Sites in BC
  • People: 82 Total FTE Faculty, 658 Clinical Faculty, 41 Honorary Faculty, 111 Total Staff, 20 Postdoctoral Research Fellows, 5 Research Associates, 119 Student Workers

To view our Year in Review: 2021–2022 report, click here.

February 2023

  • Khakban A, Rodriguez Llorian E, Michaux KD, Patten SB, Traboulsee A, Oh J, Lynd LD. Direct healthcare costs associated with Multiple Sclerosis: A population-based cohort study from 2001-2020 in British Columbia, Canada. Neurol. 2022. Online ahead of print.
  • Ariana Saatchi, Sungeun Kim, Fawziah Marra, "Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Outpatient Antibiotic Use for Clostridioides difficile-Indicated Agents in British Columbia, from 2000 to 2018", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 2023, Article ID 9465158, 8 pages, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/9465158
  • Ariana Saatchi, Sungeun Kim, and Fawziah Marra, "Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Outpatient Antibiotic Use for Clostridioides difficile-Indicated Agents in British Columbia, from 2000 to 2018," Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 2023, Article ID 9465158, 8 pages, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/9465158.
  • Michaux KD, Metcalfe RK, Burns P, Conklin AI, Hoens AM, Smith D, Struik L, Safari A, Sin DS, Sadatsafavi M. IMplementing Predictive Analytics towards efficient COPD Treatments (IMPACT): protocol for a stepped-wedge cluster randomized impact study. Diagn Progn Res 7, 3 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41512-023-00140-6
  • Saatchi K, Benard F, Hundal N, Grimes J, Shcherbinin S, Pourghiasian M, Brooks DE, Celler A, Häfeli UO (2023). Preclinical PET Imaging and Toxicity Study of a 68Ga-Functionalized Polymeric Cardiac Blood Pool Agent. Pharmaceutics 15, 767. https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4923/15/3/767

February 2023

  • Project Title: CART Access Project. Investigators: Wendy Norman (NPI), Co-Investigators: Laura Schummers, Abdul-Fatawu Abdulai, Stephanie Begun, Melissa Brooks, Kim Campbell, Elizabeth Darling, Sheila Dunn, Edith Guilbert, Sabrina Lee, Ruth Martin-Misener, Sarah Munro, Marth Paynter, Helen Pymar, Eleni Stroulia, Carol-Anne Vallee, Kate Wahl. Health Canada. $2,880,000, Feb 1, 2023 to Mar 31, 2024.
  • CORE's Dr. Mary De Vera is the Nominated Principal Applicant on a CIHR Project Grant for "Following reproductive and sexual health care and outcomes of adolescent and young adult cancer patients" for $313,649 for 3 years. Co-Investigators are:
    • Dr. Helen McTaggart-Cowan (coPI; SFU/BC Cancer)
    • Dr. Lori Brotto (UBC)
    • Dr. Sharlene Gill (UBC/BC Cancer)
    • Dr. Gillian Hanley (UBC)
    • Dr. Stuart Peacock (SFU/BC Cancer)
    • Dr. Meera Rayar (UBC/BC Children's Hospital)
    • Dr. Ammirtha Srikanthan (University of Ottawa)
    • Niki Oveisi (PhD trainee; UBC)
  • Dr. Mary De Vera is co-Investigator on a CIHR Project Grant for "Mental health in individuals with autoimmune rheumatic diseases during the transition to parenthood: A mixed methods study to identify associated factors and support needs" for $198,900 for 2 years. The nominated Principal Applicant is Dr. Deborah Da Costa (McGill University). Co-Investigators are:
    • Dr. Paul Fortin (Laval University)
    • Dr. Elham Rahme (McGill University)
    • Dr. Evelyne Vinet (McGill University)
  • Dr. Ricky Turgeon is co-Investigator on a CIHR Project Grant for "Characterizing patient preferences and personalizing risk information for optimal patient-centered management of coronary artery disease" for $508,724 for 4 years. The nominated Principal Applicant is Dr. Tolulope Sajobi (University of Calgary).
  • (late entry) Dr. Ricky Turgeon is co-Investigator on a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Grant-in-Aid for "Making a High Quality Decision for the Treatment of Aortic Stenosis: Implementation of a Patient Decision Aid (AS-PDA)" for $170,334 for 4 years. The nominated Principal Applicant is Dr. Sandra Lauck (UBC School of Nursing). A core part of this project will be using a web-based decision aid developed using Turgeon's CHOICE Engine to facilitate shared decision-making in aortic stenosis management.
  • Dr. Abby Collier is a co-applicant on a CIHR grant to Geoff Tranmer (PI) at U Manitoba and Jiming Kong (co-applicant, Manitoba) that was awarded 100,000 bridge funding from CIHR for the grant "Development of novel agents for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Discovery and proof-of-concept".
  • CORE's Dr. Laura Schummers is a co-applicant on a CIHR grant that was awarded $100,000 bridge funding from CIHR, Examining drivers of disparities in experiences and outcomes of perinatal care in Canada through community participatory action research. PI: S Vedam (PI); CoIs: L Schummers, G Belliveau, N Berry, B Bingham, H Brown, R Gagnon, N Fairbrother, K Hodge,. J Kaczorowski, P Janssen, A Lowik, K MacDonald, K Mayra, N Malhotra, A Métellus, R Olson, E Ojukwu, WV Norman, W Phillips-Beck, R Price, L Tarasoff, K Stoll, V Van Wagner. Apr 2023-Mar 2024.
  • Congratulations to Drs. Mary De Vera, Colin Ross and Thomas Velenosi for being awarded CIHR project grants as a part of the Fall 2022 Competition.
    • UBC-LED PROJECT GRANTS
      • Following reproductive and sexual health care and outcomes of adolescent and young adult cancer patients (FUTURE). Principal Investigator(s): De Vera, Mary A (Pharmaceutical Sciences); Mctaggart-Cowan, Helen M (Simon Fraser University). Research Institution: University of British Columbia
    • UBC-LED BRIDGE GRANTS
      • Development and evaluation of novel nanoparticle formulations for therapeutic genome editing. Principal Investigator(s): Ross, Colin J (Pharmaceutical Sciences); Blakney, Anna (School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories). Research Institution: University of British Columbia
    • UBC-LED PRIORITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
      • Characterizing and validating diacetylspermine as a metabolic biomarker of drug response and precision treatment in triple-negative breast cancer. Principal Investigator(s): Velenosi, Thomas J (Pharmaceutical Sciences). Research Institution: University of British Columbia. Project Grant - PA: Breast Cancer Research
    • To read the full announcement visit https://research.ubc.ca/ubc-researchers-leading-projects-awarded-30-million-through-cihr-project-grants-fall-2022.
  • Kate Johnson is a co-applicant on a CIHR grant that was awarded $100,000 bridge funding from CIHR, Policies Laws and Emergency Department Guidelines for Epinephrine auto-injector use. PI: M Ben Shoshan (PI); CoIs: R. Goldman, J. Protudjer, J. Upton. Apr 2023-Mar 2024.
  • Mohsen Sadatsafavi is co-PI and Kate Johnson is a co-applicant on a CIHR Project Grant awarded $914,175, Improving Canadian Lung Cancer Screening Efficiency with a Computed Tomography Risk Classifier. PI: B McDonald Smith, M. Kirby, M Sadatsafavi; CoIs: K. Johnson, A. Benedetti, N. Ezer. 2023-2028.
  • Ricky Turgeon is a co-applicant on an Alberta Innovates grant awarded $510,000, Characterizing patient preferences and personalizing risk information for optimal patient-centered management of coronary artery disease. PI: Tolulope Sajobi; Co-Is: Mathew James, Stephen Wilton, Michelle Graham, Colleen Norris, Oluwagbohunmi Awosoga, Lisa Lix, Bryan Har, Teresa Kieser, Andrew McRae, Hude Quan, Meng Wang, Todd Wilson, Glen Hazlewood, Maria Santana, William Ghali, Merril Knudtson, Ricky Turgeon. 2023-2026.
  • Mark Harrison is a co-applicant on a CIHR Project Grant that was awarded $575,000. Re-engineering health policy decision-making for equitable allocation of resources. PIs: Shehzad Ali (Western University) (PI) and Beate Sander (University of Toronto) (PI); CoIs: Dr. M. Asaria, Dr. Y. Bombard, Dr. K. Chan, Prof. R. Cookson, Dr. J. Hopkins, Mr. N. Iragorri, Dr. Z. Li, Dr. S. Mishra, Prof. L. Prosser, Mr. M. Saini, Dr. S. Shoush, Dr. E. Spackman, Mr. D. Steele, Ms. M. Yeung. 2023-Mar 2027.

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