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View recent news releases and events relating to Research and the Providence Health Care Research Institute.

Celebrate Research Public Lecture: Your Health on the Go: Think Digital

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital Research, and Providence Health Care Research Institute present this free public forum, Your Health on the Go: Think Digital. Join speakers Dr. Mark Ansermino, Dr. Linda Li and Dr. Kendall Ho as they share the latest tools and trends in digital health research. 

Symposium on Updates to Clinical Research - March 1

On April 1, 2018, Health Canada will adopt the first update to the International Council on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice guideline (ICH GCP E6 R2) into Canadian law. With this change, PHCRI is adopting mandatory clinical research staff training to ensure that clinical research at PHC is conducted in accordance with the training requirements that come into effect April 1st. Come learn about the new requirements and how to access the free training and Standard Operating Procedures that are being provided to personnel conducting clinical research at PHC.

PHC Researchers funded in Fall 2017 CIHR Project Grant

Congratulations to all researchers who were successful in the Fall 2017 CIHR Project Grant competition! At Providence Health Care, 12 projects received funding. In Canada, a total of 512 projects and 33 bridge grants were funded for a total of $372 million in funding from CIHR. 71 projects are from BC, of which 53 are from UBC. 12 among them are PHC-based. 

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Beyond Project and Foundation (UBC SPARC event)

UBC Faculty members at all career stages are invited to an information session and discussion on SPARC-supported health research funding opportunities beyond CIHR Project and Foundation Grants.

Topics covered will include other CIHR calls (e.g., Catalyst), and international opportunities such as the US Department of Defense (DoD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020. This is a repeat of the November 1, 2017 information session held at the UBC-V campus.

CHSPR 2018 Conference: Building Learning Healthcare Systems in Canada

The 30th annual Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) conference, The System Awakens: Building Learning Healthcare Systems in Canada, will take place in March. The conference will address the question of how BC can become a learning health care system, where every patient interaction is treated as a learning activity, and the ethos of the system overall is improvement.

PHC Practice-based Research Challenge 2018

Interested in research and patient care improvements? Join the PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge! A Question and Answer session on the 2018 Research Challenge will also be held and is open for all to attend.

Q&A session date: January 22, from noon to 1 pm

Location: Dining Rooms 1 & 2 at St Paul’s Hospital

Heart and Lung FEST 2018

Attend the 2018 Heart and Lung Health FEST this February. This event will feature special talks from distinguished speakers in the field of heart and lung health. 
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Drawn to your Research: Using Visuals to Improve Academic and Non-Academic Presentations (KT CoP)

The upcoming KT Community of Practice session features SFU's Jason Toal, Interaction Designer, who will share an interactive workshop: “Drawn to Your Research: Using Visuals to Improve Academic and Non-Academic Presentations”. The workshop will guide participants through a series of fun drawing exercises designed to amplify your visual literacy. No previous drawing experience is required, only a willingness to make your marks

Canadian Webinar Series: Supporting Safe HIV Disclosure

The Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is a multi-phase webinar series with a focus on key aspects regarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in Canada. The goal of this webinar series is to support implementation of the WHO consolidated guideline on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV.

The Earl W. Davie Symposium

This full-day symposium, in honour of Dr. Earl W. Davie, features presentations by local experts in vascular biology, hemostasis-thrombosis, inflammation, cardiovascular and neurovascular disease and facilitates knowledge exchange between researchers and physicians. This year's symposium focuses on cutting edge advances in the understanding and treatment of hemophilia, thrombosis, and bleeding disorders.

Media 101: Is Your Research Newsworthy?

Do you have a research project that you’d like to share with the public? A research story that you want to tell? Do you have a research breakthrough that you think is newsworthy but not sure where to start?

Attend this media training workshop tailored to the research community! This workshop will be delivered by PHC Senior Communications Specailist Elaine Yong. Learn about the available services at Providence Health Care (PHC) to support you, and the steps you can take to get started.

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CIHR Foundation Grant funds researchers at PHCRI

The recent CIHR Foundation Grant competition funded 63 researchers across Canada. Of these researchers, nine are from BC; two of whom are PHCRI researchers: Dr. Lindsey Richardson from the BC-CfE and Dr. Keith Walley from the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation.

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Gairdner Symposium 2017

Attend the upcoming Gairdner symposium hosted by Drs. Helen Burt and Michael Hayden from UBC.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 from 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Theatre 2 (LSC 2), UBC, 2350 Health Sciences Mall

This free public lecture will feature recipients of the 2017 and 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award.

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PHC Researchers and Trainees awarded 2017 MSFHR Scholar and Trainee Awards

PHC researchers received funding awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) through their 2017 Scholar Award program and their 2017 Research Trainee Award program.

The MSFHR Scholar award supports early career researchers in BC as they establish their individual careers in research and develops research programs with their own research teams. Of the 20 Scholar Awards given, six awards went to PHC’s researchers, one of which was co-funded with PHC Research Institute and one with St. Paul’s Foundation:

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