Message from the Dean

In spite of the worst global pandemic in over a century, 2020 brought many successes. We learned that together we could pivot to teaching in whole new ways, administer our core functions without face-to-face meetings, continue our research programs in safe ways, and most importantly, continue to graduate our students, even if those celebrations were virtual.

Many of our FHS faculty and students have been contributing to our understanding of the current pandemic, whether in our certified secure viral research facility, in other parts of the lab, to social, health services and policy impacts. We worked on virology, immunology, viral genetics, diagnostics and vaccine development. We also were leaders in bringing together the BC research community in understanding the population, public health and social impacts of the pandemic by way of a very successful Symposium for over 800 people across the province, from patients, to healthcare providers, to researchers, to health system and Ministry decision-makers.

We coordinated 36 practicums and 160 co-op placements, delivered courses for our graduate and undergraduate students, kept our graduate research students' work going, opened our research and teaching laboratories. In recognition of the physical and mental toll the pandemic has taken on all our communities, I hope you can join me in recognizing the accomplishments highlighted in our Year in Review.