Welcome to the Providence Research website. We are the research partner of Providence Health Care. As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, we take pride in our researchers and programs that actively explore new ways of improving the health of our community. 

We believe this research not only makes for a robust learning environment, but also leads to better patient care. The integration of research, education and care is what makes our Institute’s mission a possibility. 

At Providence Research, our expertise include laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological research in the fields of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal diseases, psychiatry, geriatrics, and much more.


A place where patient-centred research is driven by social justice, and redefines better health and care globally.


Inspired by the need for health and wellness of patients and communities, Providence Research integrates teaching, knowledge creation and translation to discover and deliver disease prevention and dramatically improve care.


Providence Research shares the same values as Providence Health Care:

  • Spirituality – We nurture the God-given creativity, love and compassion that dwells within us all.
  • Integrity – We build our relationships on honesty, justice and fairness.
  • Stewardship – We share accountability for the well-being of our community.
  • Trust – We behave in ways that promote safety, inclusion and support.
  • Excellence – We achieve excellence through learning and continuous improvement.
  • Respect – We respect the diversity, dignity and interdependence of all persons.

Our priority research areas include:

  • Heart and lung
  • Healthy Aging
  • Kidney risks and illnesses
  • Mental health
  • Urban health and Addiction

Providence Research was established to help provide better services for researchers and to oversee several significant research centres.

Established in 2005, Providence Research promotes research activities through our research centres:

  • Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) (formerly UBC James Hogg Research Centre)
  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)
  • BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)
  • Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS)
  • Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation 

Learn more about our research centres

Clinical Support and Research Centre

Our new health innovation hub at the St. Paul’s Hospital campus known, for now, as the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC), will be the cornerstone and economic driver for Vancouver’s newest health innovation district for discovery and learning in the False Creek Flats area.

Directly adjacent to the future hospital, the CSRC will be a multi-building, approximately 47,000 square metre (~800,000 square feet) state-of-the-art research, technology and medical complex which will allow St. Paul’s Hospital to further embed research and innovation into everything we do.

Learn more about the CSRC.