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Prostate cancer patients inform health economics research

“The biopsy was very challenging and uncomfortable…it sounds like a gun going off,” said Simon. “I have talked to other guys who have said you definitely don’t want to have a biopsy if you can avoid it.”

No Increase in Suicide in the Early Days of COVID Pandemic

“We did not observe an increase in suicides during this period. If anything, we saw a slight decrease,” said Dr. Barbic, an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. 

Medication Matters: Introducing Our Newest Scientist, Dr. Mary De Vera

For Dr. Mary De Vera, a diagnosis with colorectal cancer at 36 was the start of a whole new program of research.

Nurses Express Hope, Anxiety around COVID-19 in New Study

With National Nursing Week here,  Agnes Black has one request: let’s scale back the ‘nurses are heroes’ talk. 

The ‘Recycling Queen’ of the heart and lung lab is making science more sustainable

Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day raises awareness about environmental conservation and encourages people to be more environmentally conscious. To mark the day, we’re shining a spotlight on a St. Paul’s Hospital recycling champion.  

WestJet-YVR COVID-19 study shows rapid antigen testing is effective in screening travellers

The Vancouver Airport Authority and WestJet have released study findings today showing that rapid antigen testing is an effective, acceptable and cost-efficient method for screening travellers and contributes to safer and healthier air travel.

The findings were proven through the YVR-WestJet COVID-19 Testing Study, a research project led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Providence Health Care (Providence) alongside project sponsors, WestJet and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Of 600 YVR passengers tested, all were COVID-negative

New executive director named to BC Centre on Substance Use

Cheyenne Johnson has been appointed Executive Director of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), housed within Providence Health Care.

Ms. Johnson was selected following a recruitment process led by Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), after previously acting as interim executive director of BCCSU.

Weaker Antibody Response to First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Found in Long-Term Care Residents

Research has found that a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine produces a much weaker antibody response in long-term care residents than it does in younger healthy adults.

Taking Action on Cultural Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplant

 Reema Garcha successfully donated a kidney to her sister Binn Johal, but their experience is not always the case within the South Asian community. 

Research in the Real World: New Training Program Focuses on Crucial Communications Skills

The transition from academic life to the working world highlighted the importance of certain skills that aren’t generally taught in school, Kimia Shahangian, a Scientific Marketing Specialist at STEMCELL Technologies, says.     

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