Blog

The UBCMJ blog is a space for students to share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education. Interested in writing a post? Contact external.editor@ubcmj.com


Chess as a Metaphor for Self-Isolation
June 1, 2020Sorush Rokui (Class of 2021) shares his thoughts from self-isolation. Since self-isolation has started, I have taken a liking to chess. I knew the general rules and had played against friends and family on occasion as a youth. But I didn’t really know how the game worked – and to be frank, I still don’t. […] Read More >


Using Multimedia Approaches to Keep Up with Research
May 27, 2020Cody Lo (Class of 2021) shares some tips for keeping up with research using social media: One of the challenging aspects of being a productive medical student-researcher is balancing your academic responsibilities and keeping up with your research. Taking leadership of a research project requires you to stay up to date on current research in […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Daniel Kwon from the Benard Lab
May 15, 2020We chat with MD/PhD Candidate and current UBCMJ junior managing editor, Daniel Kwon (VMFP Class of 2023), who is studying the use of novel radiopharmaceuticals to target specific elements in cancers for imaging and therapy. Tell us a little bit about your research project. The primary focus of my thesis is to develop new radiopharmaceuticals […] Read More >


From the FLEX Files: Introducing Ryan Yan
May 13, 2020Up next in our “From the Flex Files” series, we chat with Ryan Yan from the VFMP program (Class of 2021). As a member of UBC SOS eVent, Ryan shares his experience developing devices for patients and providers during COVID-19. Tell us a little bit about your research project. Back in mid-March, when our clinical […] Read More >


From the FLEX Files: Introducing Karol Boschung
May 5, 2020For our first post in our “From the Flex Files” blog series, we chat with Karol Boschung from the IMP program (Class of 2021). He shares his experience conducting rapid literature reviews on COVID-19 for researchers and clinicians on the frontline! Tell us a little bit about your research project. I am working with the […] Read More >


Blog Launch: We Want to Hear from You!
April 30, 2020Our website is now home to a brand new blog and we’re inviting students to share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education. Check out our blog categories below and don’t hesitate to reach out! Research Interviews We’re looking to highlight student FLEX projects and research experiences. We want to […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Alvin Qiu from the Hirst and Nielsen Labs
April 28, 2020We chat with MD/PhD candidate and former UBCMJ co-Editor-in-Chief, Alvin Qiu, who is studying the epigenomics of synovial sarcoma under the joint supervision of Martin Hirst and Torsten Nielsen. Tell us a little bit about your research project. Synovial sarcoma is a highly aggressive soft-tissue cancer that predominantly affects adolescents and young adults. This malignancy […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Maryam Vaseghi-Shanjani from the Turvey Lab
April 24, 2020We chat with MD/PhD candidate, Maryam Vaseghi-Shanjani (Class of 2026), who is studying single-gene defects related to primary immunodeficiencies. Tell us about your research interests I became interested in immunology after taking courses in undergrad. My fascination led me to complete my undergrad thesis in a vaccine lab studying macrophages in TB infection. Continuing in […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Mark Trinder from the Brunham Lab
April 18, 2020We chat with MD/PhD candidate, Mark Trinder (Class of 2023), and ask him to share his advice for aspiring researchers! Tell us about your research interests My work utilizes genetics to understand: 1) Why people suffer from premature heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events. 2) Why people with severe infections respond differently to therapeutic […] Read More >


HPV Related Cancers: Tip of a Very Large Iceberg
October 16, 2017By Dr. Margaret Smith, GPO, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre Canadian Cancer Statistics 2016 Analysis by: Health Statistics Division, Statistics Canada Data source: Canadian Cancer Registry database at Statistics Canada In the general population of BC, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is pervasive. There is an estimated 80% risk of mucocutaneous infection in all Canadians […] Read More >