The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences building is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam people). We also acknowledge the many lands and territories in which our pharmacists study and practice across the country.

Welcome from Dean pro tem Larry Lynd

Larry Lynd

Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. The Faculty’s vision is to be a catalyst for change in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. Our goal—as innovators in pharmacy education, research and practice—is to support the optimization of drug therapy in the pursuit of improved patient outcomes. Explore our website to discover an outstanding community of faculty, practitioners, students, staff and alumni working together to advance that goal and our strategic plan: Catalyst for Change 2.0. To learn more click here.

Larry D. Lynd
Professor and Dean pro tem

At a Glance

By the Numbers

2024 QS World University Rankings, Pharmacy & Pharmacology: #35 Worldwide, #2 in Canada

As of Jan 2024 (from Jul 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2023)

  • Publications: 190
  • Grants: 160 (active, non-internal, Fiscal Apr 1, 2022–Mar 31, 2023)
  • Awards: 13 
  • Presentations: 41
  • Media Hits: 92
  • Students
    • E2P PharmD: 861 (Jan 1–Apr 28, 2023); 635 (May 15–Aug 19, 2023); 888 (Sep 1–Dec 22, 2023)
    • Flex PharmD: 19 (Jan 1–Apr 28, 2023); 17 (May 15–Aug 19, 2023); 17 (Sep 1–Dec 22, 2023)
    • BPSc: 150 (Jan 1–Apr 28, 2023); 64 (May 15–Aug 19, 2023); 198 (Sep 1–Dec 22, 2023)
    • MSc: 40
    • PhD: 50
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellows: 31
    • Visiting International Research Students: 13
    • 4,329 registrants in 14 Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development programs and 95 Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program
  • Alumni (total): 7,489
  • Experiential Education: 795 Practice Educators in 532 Practice Sites
  • Practice: 3,492 Patient Encounters (Jul 1, 2022–Dec 31, 2023); 25,946 Patient Encounters (cumulative total through 122 months of operation)
  • People: 80 Total FTE Faculty; 664 Clinical Faculty; 30 Honorary Faculty; 107 Total Staff; 4 Research Associates; 151 Student Workers

To view our 2023 Year in Review report, click here (PDF, 5.2 MB).

April 2024

Turgeon RD, Fernando S, Bains B, Code J, Hawkins NM, Koshman S, Straatman L, Toma M, Virani SA, MacDonald BJ, Snow ME. Qualitative Analysis of Patient Decisional Needs for Medications to Treat Heart Failure. Circulation: Heart Failure. Circulation: Heart Failure 2024;0:e011445. Available at:
- Accompanying editorial on this article: Thompson JS. GDMT Optimization, But Make It Patient-Centered: Understanding Patient Needs During Heart Failure Medication Discussions. Circulation: Heart Failure 2024;0:e011653. Available at:

Publication: Jackson, J.; Dietrich, C.H. Synergistic Antibacterial Effects of Gallate Containing Compounds with Silver Nanoparticles in Gallate Crossed Linked PVA Hydrogel Films. Antibiotics 2024, 13, 312.

Zhang W, Guh DP, Grootendorst P, Hollis A, Anis AH. The impact of changing the reference countries on the list prices for patented medicines in Canada: A policy analysis. Health Policy. 2024;14:105064.

Thomas BS, Perry D, Moe SS, Turgeon RD, Potter J, Braschi E, Dugre N, Kirkwood JEM, Allan GM. Top studies of 2023 relevant to primary care. Can Fam Physician 2024;70:245-8. Available at:

Salimian S, Virani SA, Roston TM, Yao RJR, Turgeon RD, Ezekowitz J, Hawkins NM. Impact of the method of calculating 30-day readmission rate after hospitalization for heart failure. Data from the VancOuver CoastAL Acute Heart Failure (VOCAL-AHF) registry. Eur Heart J Qual Care Clin Outcomes 2024 Apr 12;[online ahead of print]:qcae026. doi: 10.1093/ehjqcco/qcae026 Available from:

Bohrmann L, Poulie CBM, Rodríguez-Rodríguez C, Karagiozov S, Saatchi K, Herth MM, Häfeli UO (2024) Development of a 99mTc-labeled tetrazine for pretargeted SPECT imaging using an alendronic acid-based bone targeting model. PLoS ONE 19(4): e0300466.

Jradi AK, Xia J, Seet T, Albon S. "My UC Story": A Qualitative Descriptive Study Describing the Patient Journey for Ulcerative Colitis. Innov Pharm. 2023 Nov 20;14(4):10.24926/iip.v14i4.5697. doi: 10.24926/iip.v14i4.5697. PMID: 38495352; PMCID: PMC10939488.

MacDonald BJ, Turgeon RD, McCormack J. Metformin for Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Acad Emerg Med 2024[online]. Available at:

April 2024

Redesigning an Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum to Constructively Align with the Interprofessional Competency Framework. Tang A. $1,000. UBC SoTL Dissemination Fund. 2024.

Accessibility in innovative health pedagogy: electronic health records in teaching and learning (The aEHR project). Min J (PI), Luong I, Shu T, Guo L, Cooper J, Forsyth B, Healey A. $10,000. StEAR Enhancement Fund, 2024.

Rxpid Resources: A Pharmacy Resource Consolidation Project. Min J (PI), Frank I, Bailey O, Gill JK. $25,000. Open Education Resources Affordability Grant, 2024.

Building Canada's first Indigenous Pharmacy Student Collegium. Min J and Leung L. $200,000 USD from the McKesson Foundation.

Lai T. “This should be included in our normal content": Evaluation of an upper-year 2SLGBTQ+ pharmacy classroom-based elective. $1,000. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Dissemination Fund, The University of British Columbia. 2024.

CORE PI Jacquelyn Cragg was a co-applicant on a CIHR Team Grant: "Real-World Evidence for Canadian Neuromuscular Disease: Establishing a Framework for National Integration of Patient Reported Outcomes, Clinical Registry Data, Healthcare Utilization and Healthcare Associated Costs" (PI: Reshna Amin, SickKids; CAD 1,597,256)

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