Media Releases

B.C. Welcomes U.S. Commitment to Treatment as Prevention

Victoria, November 8, 2011 — B.C. Premier Christy Clark lauded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call today for an AIDS-free generation and scaling up a Treatment as Prevention strategy as part of a comprehensive proposal to fight HIV and AIDS.
Premier Clark noted that U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s strong endorsement of Treatment as Prevention reinforces the success of the strategy pioneered, modelled and proven in British Columbia and now embraced around the world.

Vancouver Midwives to Deliver Free Workshops and Lectures During Midwifery Awareness Month

Vancouver, November 1, 2011 — Vancouver midwives and midwifery clinics will be hosting free workshops and lectures throughout November to increase awareness and education on maternal and newborn care for women and parents-to-be during Midwifery Awareness Month.

New Partner Joins Providence Health Care in Bi-Annual Event for Downtown Eastside Residents

Providence In the Park, the popular bi-annual community event for the homeless, has an exciting new community partner to further address the care needs of vulnerable populations

New Research Program Investigates Leading Cause of Death for Women in British Columbia

Vancouver, October 19, 2011 — Today, Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced the establishment of the first research program in B.C. to focus on the impact of gender-based differences on cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).

New Research Program Investigates Leading Cause of Death for Women in British Columbia

Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have announced the establishment of the first research program in B.C. to focus on the impact of gender-based differences on cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).

Research to Look at New Treatments for Heroin Addiction

Vancouver, October 12, 2011 — A clinical trial to test better treatment options for chronic heroin addiction is expected to begin in Vancouver at the end of this year. Led by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in North America.

Research looks at new treatments for heroin addiction

 A clinical trial to test better treatment options for chronic heroin addiction began in Vancouver in early 2012. Led by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in North America.

Tapestry Foundation CEO Impassioned by Personal Experience to Improve Quality of Life for Dementia Patients and Families

Vancouver, October 11, 2011 — Imagine living in a world where your loved ones and friends are oftentimes alien to you, where you shift between planes of past memory and present reality, and find yourself trying to run away from the place you call home.
This is the world of a dementia patient.

BC Hospitals Begin Routine Testing for HIV to Help Curb Global Epidemic

Vancouver, September 23, 2011 — Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are taking the fight against HIV/AIDS, one of the biggest global health epidemics of our generation, to a new level by launching a pilot project in which most hospital patients who consent will be routinely offered a test for the infection.

$17.2 Million for St. Paul’s Hospital Upgrades

Vancouver, September 22, 2011 — St. Paul’s Hospital will benefit from $17.2 million to replace aging electrical infrastructure and elevators, providing stability and consistent care for patients, announced Health Minister Michael de Jong today, as he visited the facility.

B.C.’s Transplant Teams Set New Records…Again

Vancouver, August 24, 2011 — BC Transplant and transplant recipients across the province are celebrating this summer with a record number of transplants performed in one month. July 2011 set the record for overall transplants in B.C. as well as the record month for liver transplants.
The total number of transplants performed in July was 35, which is the highest number ever in a single month and the highest since BC Transplant, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) was formed 25 years ago. The previous record was in September 2007 with 34 total transplants.

Researchers Map Pathway of Infection for a Common, Potentially Life-threatening Respiratory Virus

Toronto, August 14, 2011 — Researchers at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds.
The virus, called human respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, is the most common reason for hospitalization of infants and children under two years of age; currently there is no effective therapy or vaccine for it.

Patients Benefit as Access to Cardiac Rehab Expands

Vancouver, August 9, 2011 — More patients and families have access to specialized heart care, closer to their homes, thanks to an innovative cardiac rehabilitation program that has officially opened in three Vancouver community centres.

HIV Therapies Provide Near Normal Lifespan in Africa

Vancouver, July 18, 2011 — A landmark study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan.

Roll Out Treatment as Prevention Now to Stop HIV and AIDS

Vancouver, July 15, 2011 — The Lancet, a leading global medical journal, published an editorial comment today that emphasizes the critical role of expanding access to HIV treatment under a “Treatment as Prevention” strategy to stop the HIV pandemic.
The publication of the editorial comment coincides with the opening of the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) taking place in Rome, Italy from June 17-20. The conference, the biggest open scientific AIDS conference in the world, will feature numerous presentations on Treatment as Prevention.

Providence Health Care Research Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as New Chair

Vancouver, June 27, 2011 — Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), home to several world-renowned research groups, has named Ms. Karimah Es Sabar as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the Research Institute’s main objective is to improve the health and treatment of patients and residents of Providence Health Care (PHC) through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.

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