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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.
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.
Study Identifies Ways to Alleviate Staff Burnout in Long-Term Care
Practising self-care, taking time to grieve, learning more about the palliative approach – these are all strategies researchers have identified to help long-term care staff cope with death.
Experimental Vaccine Shown to Curb Cat Allergies, Research Finds
A pilot study has shown that an experimental vaccine can reduce the systemic immune response and symptoms of allergic rhinitis in individuals allergic to cats, including nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching and runny nose.
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.
UBC Open Call for CRCEF Stage 3 Application
The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is a Tri-Agency program that is part of the Government of Canada's COVID-19 economic response plan. UBC is currently taking application for Stage 3 which supports maintenance and ramp-up costs incurred due to COVID-19.
Researchers want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted youth
As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, it has become clear that different age groups are experiencing the social and economic consequences of the virus in different ways.
UBC-Providence scientists join forces with WestJet and YVR for COVID-19 Testing Study
Providence researchers are lending their research expertise and diagnostic know-how to support the WestJet-YVR COVID-19 Testing Study, a project sponsored by WestJet and Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR).
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.
Atrial fibrillation patients do better with surgical procedure than drugs as initial treatment: study
New research led by a St. Paul’s Hospital cardiologist has found that a minimally invasive procedure provides longer-lasting benefits than drugs as the first course of treatment for this common heart condition.
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.