Congratulations to the UBC Nursing Faculty involved in the 2019 Research Excellence Clusters!

21 Jan 2019

Through the Research Excellence Clusters Initiative, UBC Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) Office offers every year funding to a number of research excellence clusters led by researchers at the UBC Vancouver campus. These clusters are inter-departmental networks of researchers who collectively represent leaders in a particular field of study. UBC School of Nursing is proud to have Faculty represented as Cluster leads and collaborators on 3 of the 27 clusters funded in 2019:


Women's Health Research Cluster

Women’s health research is vital to explore how unique factors, both biological and societal, contribute to health in women. Women experience poorer health from missed diagnoses, minimized symptoms, greater burdens of specific diseases, and poorly targeted treatment than men. Although there is much focus on how biological sex alters disease trajectory and outcome, it is important to study the physiological and societal challenges unique to women that directly influence women’s health. This research cluster and network will provide the research and clinical communities with invaluable information that will make help make women healthier.

Cluster Lead: Dr. Liisa Galea

Dr. Suzanne Campbell is the co-Principal Investigator of Women's Health Research Cluster. An Associate Professor at the School, Dr Campbell’s research investigates lactation, specific to issues of breastfeeding self-confidence, recurrent plugged ducts, and hyperlactation. She has worked to develop regional, national, and international policies to protect, support and promote breastfeeding as a health promotive relationship between mother and infant dyad and the family.



Transformative Health and Justice Research Cluster

This Cluster will address the Grand Challenge of the 'criminocentric' understanding of crime, rehabilitation, and recidivism, by creating a research and policy agenda to address health and justice inequities experienced by individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. We will focus on three themes: (1) Determinants of Health and Justice, (2) Incarceration, (3) (Re)integration.

Cluster Co-Leads: Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin & Dr. Helen Brown

An Associate Professor at the School, Dr. Helen Brown is currently the lead on a program of research, in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada and the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, that investigates impacts of a prison-community partnership program on Indigenous inmate and community health, wellbeing and rehabilitation.


Designing for People (DFP)

Designing for People takes an intensely multidisciplinary approach to human-centered research and design of interactive technologies, to address complex problems requiring diverse viewpoints and methodologies by integrated teams. DFP is sharing this approach through many pathways, from an NSERC CREATE graduate training program to regional outreach and translation initiatives.

Cluster Lead: Dr. Karon MacLean

Dr. Leanne Currie is an Affiliated faculty of Designing for People. An Associate Professor at the School, Dr. Currie explores the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of healthcare decision-making, including decision support for clinicians, administrators and for patients and their families.


To learn more about the Research Excellence Clusters funded in 2019, you can visit the VPRI website.