Research Spotlights

February 20, 2019

Customized and Community-Driven Clean Water Solutions

RES'EUS: clean glass dirty water

For as long as they could remember, many members of the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia had been wary of tap water. Even as children, they had known that if they drank it, they might get sick. So in the summer of 2016…

February 13, 2019

Shining a light on suspicious-looking moles


Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a prototype version of a low-cost handheld device for detecting skin cancer without a biopsy. The device may one day enable people to have moles initially…

February 4, 2019

The pain is all in your brain

VR Equipment used in UBC Nursing pain management research

Everyone knows what pain is. Or do they? Though we have all felt pain, we seldom think about its nature, its causes and the fact that it is all in our heads — or, more specifically, our brains.

Pain is a complex,…

January 25, 2019

The future will be faster thanks to photonics

photonics system

From biomedical sensing to quantum computing and machine learning, the potential applications of large-scale, ring resonator-based silicon photonic systems are numerous. But due to various limitations, including the need for…

January 15, 2019

Good blood or bad?

red blood cells

Researchers at The University of British Columbia have developed a simple way to assess the quality of red blood cell concentrate, the most in-demand blood product in the world, without breaching the sterility of the sealed…