2023–24 UBC Research Excellence Cluster awarded to 3 faculty

Congratulations to Dr. John Oliffe, Dr. Helen Brown, and Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch who have received new and renewed UBC Nursing-led 2023/24 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC).

Drs Oliffe, Brown and Baumbusch - headshots

Reducing Male SuicideCluster Lead: Dr. John Oliffe

Male suicide rates are high and there are predictions that post COVID-19 transitions will increase men's suicide risk. The reducing male suicide (RMS) research cluster comprises world leading researchers in men's mental health, and together this group works to develop, implement and evaluate upstream suicide prevention programs across three themes by: 1) Addressing men’s mental health inequities 2) Guiding the practices of men to seek, and practitioners who provide, mental health care 3) Assisting men to build equitable intimate partner relationships and social connections The RMS work positions UBC as a collaborative world leader for reducing male suicide.

Reducing Male Suicide Website

Transformative Health and JusticeCluster Lead: Dr. Helen Brown

The Transformative Health and Justice Research Cluster is a peer-led, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral research network catalyzing equity-oriented studies at the interface of health and justice. We apply strength-based research approaches for decolonizing, anti-stigmatizing, and culturally safe engagement, policy development, and community advocacy for and with people who are impacted by the criminal legal system.

Transform Health Justice Website

Thriving in Community: Re-Imagining Supports for Children with Medical Complexity and their Families (New Cluster)Cluster Lead: Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch

Families of children with medical complexity experience physical, social, and economic exclusion. Medical complexity is characterized by the presence of complex, chronic conditions requiring specialized care, substantial health needs, functional dependence and/or limitations, and frequent healthcare usage. Our cluster will advance knowledge, clinical programs and policy to support these families through a community-led and comprehensive research program and knowledge exchange activities.

 UBC Announcement


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