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About Us

Welcome to the Providence Health Care Research Institute’s (PHCRI) website, the research partner of Providence Health Care (PHC). As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, we take pride in our researchers and our research programs that actively explore areas of research to improve the health of people within 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 PHCRI, our research expertise includes laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological research in the fields of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal diseases, psychiatry, geriatrics, and much more. Please feel free to contact PHCRI’s research support services.


At the Providence Health Care Research Institute, our vision is to dramatically improve the treatment and overall health of patients and residents at Providence Health Care and beyond through relevant, ethical and inspired health research.


The PHC research community finds solutions to questions that arise from PHC care settings using high quality research. We acknowledge the rapidly changing health care environment and embrace the challenges it provides. We prioritize prevention, treatment and outcomes research questions that are relevant to PHC’s populations of emphasis. We mentor and train new researchers. We encourage novel research ideas such as interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations, knowledge transfer and partnerships with patients and communities.

Our priority research areas include:

• Heart, lung and blood vessels
• Kidney risks and illnesses
• Urban health (vulnerable populations)
• Seniors health
• Mental health

Providence Health Care Research Institute was established in 2005 to help provide better services for researchers and to promote research activity and to oversee several significant research centres:

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

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