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Message from the
VP of Research...

Update: As of July 11, 2016, Dr. Sindelar has retired from the role of President, PHCRI and VP Innovation, Research and Academic Affairs, PHC. PHCRI sincerely thanks Dr. Sindelar for his significant contributions to the organization. 

Please contact the PHCRI office should you require support during this transition.


A Message from the former VP of Research…

Welcome to the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), the research enterprise of Providence Health Care (PHC), an academic health science centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

Providence Health Care is an adult acute and residential care provider located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Our largest facility, St. Paul's Hospital, is located in downtown Vancouver, BC and widely known for its outstanding research in the areas of heart and lung disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, mental health and addiction and other urban health issues.

Elder care research is conducted at Honoria Conway at St. Vincent's Heather, an assisted living facility operated by Providence Health Care.

At PHCRI, we focus on research that pursues real life health solutions for the patients and residents cared for at Providence Health Care and across the province of British Columbia. PHCRI has over 170 principal investigators.

PHCRI is home to world-renowned Research Centres whose areas of research directly align with the priority care programs of Providence Health Care:

PHCRI also houses two national research programs:

Many factors must coalesce to make a successful hospital-based, university affiliated research institute. The primary component is our outstanding researchers and trainees supported by excellent staff and efficient research support systems. PHCRI believes that effective translation of research and training into care requires the strategic intertwining of evidence-based patient-centred care, patient-oriented health research, and the training of future health professionals.  This vision enables us to better the lives of our patients and residents today and to ensure innovative and improved health care in the future.

It is this common vision within our organization that drives our research programs to be leaders in BC, Canada, and beyond. Join us in our pursuit of real life health solutions to better the lives of our patients today and for tomorrow.


Robert D. Sindelar

VP Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care

President, Providence Health Care Research Institute