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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.

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. 

Dr. Anita Palepu wins 2020 Research & Mission Award

Congratulations to Dr. Anita Palepu for winning the 2020 Research and Mission Award. This annual award recognizes a scientist in our organization who demonstrates the mission and values of Providence Health Care while conducting outstanding research.

PHCRI Year in Review and Strategic Plan Update

Please join the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) for a virtual Town Hall event. Our President, Dr. Darryl Knight, will reflect on the challenges and accomplishments from a year that has been unlike any other. 

New research hopes to improve COVID-19 nasal swab test

A new study has found that rotating the swab after it’s inserted into the nose – a step that makes the procedure take longer, and may increase patient discomfort – does not improve the quality of the sample collected and is therefore unnecessary.