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Order of British Columbia recognizes nurses’ exemplary careers providing life-saving care in the DTES

L to R: Susan Giles and Evanna Brennan

Home-care nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles have been appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the highest civilian recognition in the province, in honour of their remarkable careers providing life-saving care to people living with HIV/AIDS and significant health issues in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). “We’re completely blown away by the whole event. We’re just completely blown away,” says Evanna. READ MORE

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.     

What a Scientist Learned from Getting COVID-19

As a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), plus the FLEX Site Co-Director for the Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program, Dr. Amy Salmon was dealing with the pandemic on all levels at work.

And then she got COVID-19.

Researchers Studying Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccine

For Jenny Bailey, volunteering to participate in the study was an easy decision that she says she made for the sake of humanity.  The 95-year-old, who has been living at Brock Fahrni for five years, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in early January and says he hopes his participation in the research study will help protect others. 

Federal Funds Allow BC-CFE to Expand Access to Safer Drug Supply

The federal government announced more than $15 million for four community-based safer drug supply projects in B.C. this week in response to the ongoing overdose crisis, which has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.