Research at Providence Health Care is directly aligned with our priority care programs.
Our Research Centres
Providence is home to several hospital-based research centres, and we have active clinical research programs running across most of our therapeutic areas.
Based at St. Paul’s Hospital, the UBC James Hogg Research Centre (JHRC), a University of British Columbia (UBC)Senate-approved centre, is unique to British Columbia. The Centre is supported collaboratively by the Faculty of Medicine of UBC and the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI). The UBC James Hogg Research Centre is home to more than 250 personnel working towards solving the problems of heart, lung and blood vessel diseases.
The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is based at St. Paul’s Hospital and is Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS research and treatment facility. The rapid incorporation of research results into clinical practice ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS receive a continually evolving standard of evidence-based care. The BC-CfE distributes antiretroviral therapy to the province of British Columbia and monitors HIV-related outcomes as part of its mandate.
The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) has become one of Canada’s foremost health outcomes research organizations. CHEOS scientists examine determinants in Vancouver’s marginalized populations, including people with various addictions, Aboriginal people and marginalized women. Canada’s largest study of Aboriginal people with addiction to injection drugs is currently underway at St. Paul’s Hospital. CHEOS also provides research support services to clinician scientists.
The Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) is a catalyst for improving the lives of BC’s older population. Based within a health care setting, CHAP understands real-life issues in delivering care and uses a practical approach to resolve these issues.
The Centre for Practitioner Renewal (CPR) focuses its research on understanding the nature and effects of risk and resilience factors in the health care workplace.The CPR seeks to mitigate psychosocial and psychological risk factors and enhance resilience and sustainability among health care practitioners at Providence Health Care.
Research Programs at Providence Health Care
As part of our support for researchers at Providence Health Care, we provide support for the research programs below. These programs are central to our success. In addition to conducting outstanding research, the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) scientists work toward excellence in teaching and mentoring students, trainees and post-doctoral fellows.
Since 1993, St. Paul’s Hospital has housed the headquarters of the national and provincial offices of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN). The CTN facilitates clinical trials and runs an expanded national access program for antiretroviral drugs.
Established in 2008, the PROOF Centre is a National Centre for the Commercialization of Research. The PROOF Centre is a leader in discovering practical yet profitable solutions to the expanding burden that vital organ failure imposes on Canadian society. The PROOF Centre team is researching disease risks; the development of biomarkers of occurrence, severity and progression to organ failure; and the development of an accelerated, personalized approach to chronic disease management by targeting disease mechanisms.
In 2008, Providence Health Care Research Institute established the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital to unite all of Providence’s heart and lung research, education and care programs under one umbrella. In 2010, the Providence Heart and Lung Institute partnered with the Centre for Lung Health and other community groups to form the Institute for Heart + Lung Health (IHLH), bringing together experts in heart and lung research and care from across several organizations in British Columbia.
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