Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Researchers, Research Staff, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

As the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences continues to navigate the many changes COVID-19 has had on the research landscape, our research community may have questions. This information has been developed to inform researchers and their research teams including staff, graduate trainees (MSc, PhD) and postdoctoral fellows.  Note that there may be conflicting information on various websites as things change rapidly and content is updated as it becomes available.

On-Campus Research Curtailment

In response to COVID-19, the University is curtailing on-campus research activities. This directive pertains to all faculty, staff, students, postdocs, visiting scholars and visiting student researchers, who are engaged in on-campus research activities. Individual researchers may, however, apply for a critical research exemption to continue on-campus research. Only research personnel that have been exempted by the University are permitted to be on site in the Pharmaceutical Sciences building. All other research should continue remotely where possible.


The Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite is closed until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a research curtailment exemption?

Can I enter the Pharmaceutical Sciences building to retrieve personal belongings from my office or research lab space?

I am a graduate student. Where do I find specific information about how COVID-19 affects me?

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow. Where do I find specific information about how COVID-19 affects me?

How can I collaborate and/or share my research expertise and information about my COVID-19 research project?

How has COVID-19 impacted funding agencies and their ability to support grants, scholarships awards & new applications?

COVID-19 disruptions are affecting my ability to undertake key aspects of my funded research project within the original timeframe and budget. What do I do?

Who can I contact if I have questions about research involving human participants?

Updates – Pharmaceutical Sciences Email Communications

Regular updates are being sent via email periodically. Below is an archive of relevant announcements to date.

Additional Resources

  • UBC AMS provides a web page that contains information on supporting students during COVID-19.
  • Information on changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program to help young Canadians affected by COVID-19 is available here.  
  • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes federal government support for individuals under economic distress.
  • The Government of British Columbia is also offering provincial support for qualified individuals.
  • April 16, 2020: The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. Read the media release.

Additional Questions and Suggestions

If you have additional questions or suggestions, please email the appropriate contacts below.

Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Contacts:
Dr. Thomas Chang (
Ms. Shirley Wong (  
Associate Dean of Research Contacts:

Dr. Larry Lynd (
Ms. Litsa Blanis (

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response

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COVID-19: Curtailing Research Activities on UBC Campuses

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