Media Releases

Socioeconomic factors, not culture, the culprit to low living kidney donations

Friday, August 30, 2013, Vancouver BC – A new study by a St. Paul’s Hospital transplant nephrologist finds socioeconomic status supersedes cultural factors as it relates to living kidney donation.  The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), examined living kidney donation rates in the African American and White populations in the United States (US).

Rare double transplant performed at St. Paul's Hospital

Doctors at St. Paul's Hospital performed a rare heart and kidney on the same patient, with both organs coming from a single donor.

Doctors at St. Paul's Hospital performed a rare heart and kidney transplant on the same patient, with both organs coming from a single donor.

PHCRI research study gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds

Monday, August 19, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC — New research by the Providence Health Care Research Institute tackles a major problem plaguing long-term care facilities and hospitals. The study, published in the Nature Publication Group journal Cell Death and Differentiation, gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds, a problem affecting as many as 20-25 percent of patients in long-term care facilities.

St. Paul's Hospital reaches 2,000 transplant milestone

St. Paul's Hospital celebrates a major milestone – 2,000 kidney transplants.

St. Paul's Hospital celebrates a major milestone – 2,000 kidney transplants.

Traditional Aboriginal Medicines Find a Home at St. Paul’s Hospital

The All Nations Sacred Space provides an area for smudging and pipe ceremonies, recognizing these traditional medicines as an important component of aboriginal health care.

Providence's Dr. James Hogg given national award for leadership in medicine

The Gairdner Foundation has recognized Dr. James Hogg with the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada.

Innovative B.C. initiative to combat HIV/AIDS receives international funding

Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS receives $2.5-million to support provincial STOP HIV/AIDS initiative

New study reinforces effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV and calls for national action

Study stresses need for political will and funding to implement the made-in-Canada   Treatment as Prevention strategy to save lives and prevent new infections

Study stresses need for political will and funding to implement the made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention strategy to save lives and prevent new infections

Vancouver, B.C. [May 14, 2013] — A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and University of British Columbia shows there is strong and consistent evidence that expanded use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) decreases HIV transmission across a variety of geographical regions and sub populations.

Innovative Vancouver addiction medicine program receives international accreditation

St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Fellowship in Addiction Medicine will be the first in Western Canada to be accredited by American Board of Addiction Medicine

Providence Health Care launches live Emergency Department wait times website

Vancouver, BC – Residents living in Metro Vancouver can now access live emergency department wait times at six local hospitals thanks to a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC).

The Emergency Department Wait Times Dashboard (www.edwaitimes.ca) is an online tool allowing residents to check average waits in real time at Vancouver General, St. Paul’s, Mount Saint Joseph, Lions Gate and Richmond hospitals.

Lower Mainland Health organizations to implement a single patient health record through clinical and systems transformation

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Providence Health Care (PHC), and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) have successfully concluded contract negotiations with IBM Canada to achieve the strategic vision of one clinical record per patient in our core health service organizations in British Columbia.

B.C. steps up measures to address viral hepatitis

New funding announced to support two projects that will help raise awareness about the transmission, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis throughout the province.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS finds homelessness and childhood sexual abuse are key factors in promoting youth injection drug use

First-of-a-kind studies reinforce need for addiction treatment and prevention for homeless youth.

Vancouver, B.C. [December 20, 2012]: Homelessness and a history of childhood sexual abuse place Vancouver street involved youth at great risk of intravenous injection drug use and potential transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, according to a pair of new studies from researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia.

BC-CfE’s Dr. Richard Harrigan wins Innovation and Achievement Award

Vancouver, BC [March 5, 2013] — Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been awarded the Innovation and Achievement Award for his industry-leading work in HIV clinical research.

Presented by LifeSciences BC, the Innovation and Achievement Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of British Columbia’s life sciences industry.

Landmark study calls for greater investment in evidence-based healthcare and harm reduction initiatives for injection drug users in Thailand to save lives, prevent HIV infections

Despite aggressive drug policies and compulsory drug detention, the availability of illicit drugs in Bangkok increased significantly between 2009 and 2011

Bangkok, Thailand [March 11, 2013] — A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) and Thailand’s Mitsampan Community Research Project, finds the Thai government’s longstanding war-on-drugs, involving the mass incarceration of people who use drugs, has failed to suppress the availability and use of illegal drugs in the country.

Computer models predict how patients will respond to HIV drugs without the need for resistance testing

Models could improve the treatment of HIV patients in countries with limited resources.

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