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Another year, another Research Day: 15th annual event celebrates our successes

The Providence Health Care research community converged on the Century Plaza Hotel last week for a morning of celebration, education and networking.

The 15th annual Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) Research Day event on Friday, June 7 drew a crowd of approximately 150 investigators, clinicians, research staff, students and many others eager to hear the keynote address and learn the winner of the 2019 Research & Mission Award.  

PHCRI’s Interim President Dr. Don Sin emceed the event and kicked things off by welcoming guests and introducing PHC CEO Fiona Dalton, who provided opening remarks. Dr. Sin followed with a brief overview of the history of research and innovation at PHC in honour of St. Paul’s Hospital’s 125th anniversary. He then highlighted some of the organization’s many research accomplishments over the past year.

Following Dr. Sin’s update, Dr. Tania Bubela, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, gave a fascinating keynote presentation titled “More Haste, Less Speed: A Lawyer’s View of Clinical Translation of Novel Biotherapeutics.” Dr. Bubela’s research program in intellectual property and health law, focused on translational biomedical research, brings together her legal training and her expertise in genetics and molecular biology.

The much-anticipated Research & Mission Award ceremony took place during the second half of the program. Christopher De Bono, Vice-President, Mission, People and Ethics at PHC, presented this year’s recognition award to an outstanding researcher who contributes to scientific knowledge at an exceptional level and exemplifies the mission and values of PHC – Dr. Karin Humphries

Dr. Humphries is the Program Head of the Cardiovascular Health Program (ICVHealth) at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and the UBC-Heart and Stroke Foundation Professor in Women’s Cardiovascular Health. She spoke to the audience about her work, which is mostly focused on sex and gender differences in the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes in people with coronary artery disease.

Following the formal program, guests enjoyed a buffet lunch and had the chance to network with colleagues and tour display tables showcasing the innovative work of our research centres and groups.

Click here to read the full article on PHC News, including photos from the event.

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