Mission and Purpose

Welcome to the Providence Research website. We are the research partner of Providence Health Care.

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with gratitude that we live, work and play on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples: the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Welcome to the Providence Research website. We are the research partner of Providence Health Care. As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, we take pride in our researchers and programs that actively explore new ways of improving the health of our community. 

We believe this research not only makes for a robust learning environment, but also leads to better patient care. The integration of research, education and care is what makes our Institute’s mission a possibility. 

At Providence Research, our expertise include laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological research in the fields of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal diseases, psychiatry, geriatrics, and much more.


A place where patient-centred research is driven by social justice, and redefines better health and care globally.


Inspired by the need for health and wellness of patients and communities, Providence Research integrates teaching, knowledge creation and translation to discover and deliver disease prevention and dramatically improve care.


Providence Research shares the same values as Providence Health Care:

  • Spirituality – We nurture the God-given creativity, love and compassion that dwells within us all.
  • Integrity – We build our relationships on honesty, justice and fairness.
  • Stewardship – We share accountability for the well-being of our community.
  • Trust – We behave in ways that promote safety, inclusion and support.
  • Excellence – We achieve excellence through learning and continuous improvement.
  • Respect – We respect the diversity, dignity and interdependence of all persons.

Our priority research areas include:

  • Heart and Lung
  • Cardiovascular
  • Urban health and Addiction
  • Health Economics
  • Personalized and Emergency medicine

Providence Research was established to help provide better services for researchers and to oversee several significant research centres.

Our Partners

Established in 2005, Providence Research promotes research activities through our research centres:

The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI)

The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, formerly the UBC James Hogg Research Centre, discovers and translates innovative solutions for heart, lung, and critical care diseases.


The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility—nationally and internationally recognized as an innovative world leader in combating HIV/AIDS and related diseases.


The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

The BC Centre on Substance Use was established in 2017 to provide a centre of expertise to help meet the needs of people impacted by substance use and related harms.


The Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes (Advancing Health)

Through interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship of emerging health researchers, Advancing Health produces and translates high-quality evidence that informs health care from the individual to the system level.


The Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation (CCI-CIC)

The CCI-CIC is a clinical research operations centre that provides its member cardiovascular investigators with access to dedicated, expert personnel as well as organizational and physical infrastructure that will enhance their research scope and capacity.


Clinical Support and Research Centre

Our new health innovation hub at the St. Paul’s Hospital campus known, for now, as the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC), will be the cornerstone and economic driver for Vancouver’s newest health innovation district for discovery and learning in the False Creek Flats area.

Directly adjacent to the future hospital, the CSRC will be a multi-building, approximately 47,000 square metre (~800,000 square feet) state-of-the-art research, technology and medical complex allowing St. Paul’s Hospital to further embed research and innovation into everything we do.

Learn More About the CSRC.

Our Partners

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