UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation recently announced 35 emerging and established research excellence clusters that will be supported with funding in 2021/22. Four of these Research Excellence Clusters are led by DMCBH researchers.

Established clusters:

Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Research Excellence Cluster

The Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease cluster seeks mechanistic insight into normal and dysfunctional brain circuits across illnesses and injuries. We accelerate these insights by strengthening the collaborative research environment: through local and international workshops and courses, all faculty, staff, and trainees gain access to infrastructure and technology training in addressing questions around brain circuit function by embracing modern data-driven methodologies.

Cluster Lead: Timothy Murphy

Language Sciences Initiative

Language touches every area of our lives. The UBC Language Sciences Initiative aims to shape the future of this field. We connect scholars, researchers and teachers to create collaborations that result in ground-breaking research.

Cluster Co-Leads: Janet Werker & Brian Gick

Emerging Clusters:

Advancing Mental Health Equity in a post-COVID-19 Asia-Pacific

This emerging research cluster positions UBC as a centre of excellence in equity-oriented global mental health research focused on the Asia-Pacific region. The cluster brings together interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders at UBC, in Canada, and internationally to collaborate on community-engaged research, innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and advancing best practices for equitable mental health, including via the use of digital technologies.

Cluster Lead: Raymond Lam

Women’s Health Research Cluster

The Women’s Health Research Cluster is a network of women’s health researchers and stakeholders that are interested in how sex and gender play a role in health outcomes. We work towards creating a future where women can live equitably healthy lives by promoting, expanding, and catalyzing impactful research on women’s health.

Cluster Lead: Liisa Galea