Research Stories

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

Daily blood tests for all critically ill patients deemed unnecessary

Intensive care unit doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital have done away with daily routine blood tests on patients without affecting the quality of care, simply by challenging a long-held dictum that those who are critically ill need to have blood drawn that frequently.

 

BC-CfE’s Dr. Evan Wood named Canadian Research Chair in Inner City Medicine at UBC

Dr. Evan Wood, a University of British Columbia (UBC) professor and co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been appointed the Canadian Research Chair in Inner City Medicine at UBC. The Government of Canada announced Dr. Wood’s prestigious appointment at the University of Toronto as part of a national announcement of chairs across Canada. The announcement included a regional event at the Vancouver office of James Moore, PC, MP, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Dr. Thomas Kerr and Dr. Evan Wood win CIHR research milestones award

Two BC-CfE researchers have been honoured with a prestigious public health award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Thomas Kerr and Dr. Evan Wood, co-directors of the BC-CfE's Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative, received the inaugural Population and Public Health Research Milestones Initiative Award for their outstanding contribution to developing Canada's research base for harm reduction and health equity approaches to HIV prevention and control.

PHC scientists receive operating grants

CHÉOS scientists, based at St. Paul's Hospital, have received operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Read the full article to learn about the recipients and their research abstracts.

What’s new in safe, high quality patient care initiatives: the BC winners

Just like last year, which I wrote about here,  I once again helped judge entries for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council awards. Now in its fourth year, the program is a fine way to reward, and draw attention to, health professionals who are changing the way they provide care, making it not only better, but safer for all. One of my personal favourites is a program at St. Paul’s Hospital where a team sought to end a bad medical habit.

Heart attacks on the rise in younger Canadians, experts say

Nine out of 10 Canadians these days have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. And these risk factors, that we so easily ignore, are rising “dramatically” in young people.

B.C. rolls out provincial program to combat HIV/AIDS

On the eve of World AIDS Day, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced $19.9 million in annual funding for the provincial expansion of a successful pilot program that reduces HIV transmission by ensuring those living with HIV have access to the best care and treatment.

Blood tests could replace biopsies by 2016

Researchers are working on sophisticated new blood-based biomarker tests that could ultimately do away with the need for biopsies, replacing them with blood tests.

Breaking through the silence; St. Paul's Hospital marks 30th anniversary of the first cochlear implant in Canada

On November 5, 2012, 23-year old Justine Haines came to St. Paul’s Hospital’s audiology department hoping to realize a dream.  With her son in tow, Haines had a very specific goal – she wanted to be able to hear when her son cried.

Research Suggests Medically Prescribed Heroin More Effective, Less Costly

Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

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 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.

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

Researchers have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds

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

Vancouver, BC — 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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