The Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) is headed by Dr. Don Sin, Interim President of PHCRI. 

About Don Sin, MD, MPH

Dr. Don Sin was appointed Interim Vice-President of Research & Academic Affairs at Providence Health Care and President of the Providence Health Care Research Institute in October 2018.

He received his medical degree at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1991), completed medical residency in general medicine and respiratory medicine at University of Alberta (in 1995) and received a Master’s of Public Health degree at Harvard University, Boston, USA (1997). He was recruited to the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2004 as a Canada Research Chair in COPD and a GlaxoSmithKline/St. Paul’s Foundation Professor of COPD.

His main research focus is to discover novel biomarkers to improve the care and diagnosis of patients with COPD, which currently is the 3rd leading cause of death worldwide. He serves as an editorial board member of several respiratory journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Journal of COPD Foundation and European Respiratory Journal. He is an associate editor of Thorax.


PHCRI Organizational Chart

Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) is the research arm of Providence Health Care (PHC), an academic health science centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. PHC practices exceptional care, driven by evidence and true innovation and delivered by caring and commited professionals, staff, and volunteers.

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Established in 2005, PHCRI promotes research activities throughout its centres: BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, BC Centre on Substance Use, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, and Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. 

The Research Facilitation Office provides administrative support for research at PHCRI in the areas of research ethics, finance, human resources, contracts and grants administration, education, and communication.