Research Stories

Dr. Harrigan receives 2014 Research and Mission Award

The Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award recognizes a scientist in the organization who demonstrates the mission and values of Providence Health Care while conducting outstanding research. This year's recipient is Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Research Laboratory Program at BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, a GSK-CIHR Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Professor of the Division of AIDS at UBC.

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St. Paul’s Hospital performs first new non-invasive heart surgery

A new non-invasive heart surgery is being considered a breakthrough for people who previously had no treatment options available.

There is a new procedure available for the one-in-10 people over the age of 75 with the heart condition “mitral regurgitation,” which is a leaking valve in the heart.

Centre performs 1,000th transcatheter heart valve procedure

On June 5, 2014, St. Paul’s Hospital broadcasted a live transcatheter aortic valve implantation – on an awake patient (not under general anesthesia) – to the Transcatheter Valve Therapies Conference taking place June 5-7, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore.

BC Supreme Court Re-establishes Access to Diacetylmorphine (Heroin) Assisted Treatment

VANCOUVER, May 29, 2014 — The Supreme Court of British Columbia has re-established access to diacetylmorphine (heroin) assisted treatment following an injunction application by Providence Health Care (Providence) and the PIVOT Legal Society on behalf of five patients who had exited the SALOME (Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness) study.

Providence Health Care researchers make breakthrough in study of heart disease

Dr. Gordon Francis and Dr. Sima Allahverdian, two of the five co-authors on the new study in the journal Circulation.

St. Paul’s Hospital scientists discover smooth muscle cells may play a role in heart disease. Thirty two B.C. heart transplant patients, ranging in age from 24 to 78, gave the scientists permission to dissect their extracted, diseased hearts, which enabled them to make some important discoveries about how and where fatty deposits (cholesterol) accumulate in heart vessel walls. Read full story here.

BC-CfE at St. Paul's Hospital to lead new HIV fellowship program with China

New HIV Treatment as Prevention fellowship will bring B.C. research and innovation to China

Momentum builds globally as France and Brazil adopt Treatment as Prevention

Add Brazil to the growing list of countries to officially embrace the HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy.

Providence and patients file constitutional challenge to Federal Government's decision

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

Providence and five patients launched a constitutional challenge to overturn a recent decision by the federal government that prevents the delivery of life-saving treatment to vulnerable addictions patients.

A discovery of the healing kind

You get a cut, you bandage it. With a little bit of time the wound heals and you take the bandage off. Done and done. But what if it didn't heal? What if your cut stayed open? What if it wouldn't allow your skin to heal? Believe it or not, 20 to 25 per cent of patients in long-term care facilities, as well as the elderly, people suffering from diabetes, people who are immobile, and those who are obese are highly susceptible to developing skin wounds that do not close and heal properly, according to Providence Health Care, a faith-based private health care organization.

 

HIV/AIDS series: BC a leader in offering free tests, treatment to reduce HIV cases

B.C. leads the country in tackling HIV, but experts worry the lack of a nationwide strategy puts all Canadians at a higher risk of contracting the infection. If HIV were avian flu, Ottawa would mandate a national strategy to fight it, said Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Enzyme discovery holds promise for treatment of chronic wounds

Researchers at Providence Health Care have discovered an important clue toward a potential treatment strategy for chronic wounds. “One of the main problems affecting hospitals are non-healing skin wounds in elderly patients, obese patients, cancer patients, diabetics and pressure ulcers in quadriplegics. These wounds take a really long time to heal,” said Dr. David Granville, one of the researchers on the project.

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.

PHC Researcher Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes receives CIHR New Investigator Award

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, CHÉOS Scientist at the Providence Health Care Research Institute and Assistant Professor in UBC's School of Population and Public Health, has received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for her work in the field of addiction research.

Smaller volume of split-dose bowel prep equal to conventional volume

A split 2-liter dose of bowel preparation before colonoscopy was similarly effective as a split 4-liter dose in a study presented at Digestive Disease Week. In a prospective, single-center noninferiority trial, researchers randomly assigned 317 adult patients referred for outpatient colonoscopy at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, to bowel preparation with split doses of either 4 liters of PegLyte (n=156) or 2 liters of PegLyte with 15 mg bisacodyl (n=161).

Youth on DTES twice as likely to experiment with intravenous drugs: study

A new study has found that youth living on Vancouver’s drug-riddled Downtown Eastside are twice as likely as at-risk youth in other neighbourhoods to experiment with intravenous drugs.

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.

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