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From HIV to COVID-19: How research pivoted in the face of the pandemic

Almost overnight, this researcher dropped her thesis work and pivoted all her attention to SARS-CoV-2.

Indigenous Canadians help change kidney care for their communities

Kidney Check is a screening, triage and treatment program for Indigenous communities in rural or remote parts of Canada, including British Columbia.

St. Paul’s researcher on masks and physical distancing: they work

The World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned the study, hoping to get clarity so it could prepare recommendations.

Memo: PHCRI Resumption of Research Activities - June 2, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) will commence a gradual, phased resumption of research at Providence Health Care (PHC) by following the guidelines set out by the BC Public Health Officer and the principles, prioritization and contextual information set out by UBC. The approach, however, will also be aligned with PHCRI and PHC requirements.

Handheld ultrasound technology will help diagnose COVID-19 faster

As part of a Digital Technology Supercluster pilot project, 50 handheld ultrasound scanners are being distributed to physicians in rural areas around the province.

Antiviral drug used to treat Hep C may help COVID-19 patients, new study finds

Data analysis experts at the PROOF (Prevention of Organ Failure) Centre played a central role in a new study that found a readily available antiviral drug could be used to treat COVID-19.

PHCRI Updated Memo Re: PHCRI Research Activity

In accordance with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, UBC will be extending its curtailment of research activities until April 30, 2020.  PHCRI will adopt the same extension deadline.  


Update: Advisory on clinical trials and clinical research operations at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC)

During this time we must follow VCH and PHC directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and be aware that these directives will change to accommodate the rapidly evolving situation.

Update: Research Day and Research & Mission Award

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel 2020 Research Day and postpone the announcement of the 2020 Research & Mission Award.

PHCRI Memo - March 20, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, PHCRI will follow exactly the same procedures as outlined by UBC for research (subject to the directives implemented by the health authority research institutes for clinical trials and REB approved clinical research).