Story of Medicines

When was laughing gas first used in treating patients for pain? What about cocaine? And how does morphine work, anyway? Can we actually use person's genetic code to figure out more precise medication dosing? Discover the answers to these questions and a whole lot more in the Story of Medicines. The only exhibition of its kind at any pharmacy school in North America, the Story of Medicines spans the first and mezzanine levels in the Pharmaceutical Sciences building at UBC. This free, interactive exhibition explores the contribution of pharmacy to human health, and answers common questions about the profession.

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About the Story of Medicines

Pharmacy has shaped our longevity, our quality of life and our outlook for the future. There's so much to know and discover—and we've got the story right here for you. Come explore the Story of Medicines, and experience pharmacy’s fundamental contribution to human health. The Story of Medicines also represents the community outreach component of the Initiative for Sustainable Health Care, a UBC-based research arm that's exploring how to make our health care system work in the most cost-effective way possible.

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Plan Your Visit

Explore the Story of Medicines on your own, or book a tour for the full experience. Whichever way you approach it, you're sure to come away amazed at pharmacy's impact on human health.

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We are pleased to offer guided tours upon request. What better way to experience the history and wonder of pharmacy than with an expert to guide you?

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For Teachers

The Story of Medicines Scavenger Hunt is an enjoyable and interactive activity designed to encourage students to take a deeper dive into the exhibit content. Allow 20+ minutes for completion. 

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Each year, UBC Pharm Sci recognizes one of its remarkable alumni for creating a local, national or global impact in a community, research, hospital or clinical field. Today, we are pleased to announce that the 2017 Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Agent of Change is Gary D. Lopaschuk, BSc(Pharm)’78, MSc(Pharm)’80, PhD(Pharm)’83.

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UBC Pharm Sci PhD student, Yuejian Liu, has been named recipient of the 2016–2017 James E. Axelson Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award.

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