Partnerships to prevent harm from dangerous side effects of drugs

Johanna Trimble became an advocate for adverse drug event (ADE) awareness after having more than one family member affected by a problem medication. 

ADEs occur when a person experiences harmful side effects from a prescribed medication. Trimble’s sister-in-law, Marilyn, passed away after a medication that had previously harmed her was accidentally re-prescribed by her general practitioner, who was unaware of Marilyn’s previous adverse reaction to the medication.

Celebrating 20 Years of Research Excellence at VCHRI

VCHRI has recently opened registration for their upcoming event — Celebrating 20 Years of Research Excellence — happening on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 8:00am-5:30pm.

Congratulations to Dan Kim!

Congratulations to Dan Kim on his successful MSc defense.

Congratulations to Dr. Herbert Chan!

Congratulations to C2E2's Dr. Herbert Chan for receiving this year's Research Excellence Staff Award (RESA). This competition acknowledges staff members with 10 or more years of service who have demonstrated research excellence through mentorship, building research culture and upholding the VCHRI values of integrity, accountability, collaboration, equity and community- and patient-focus. Each recipient will receive $15,000 of lab funding, as well as a personal honorarium for their dedicated work.

Ask an expert: What can I do to improve health care sustainability?

The health care system is responsible for significant carbon emissions — research shows that reducing them is better for the planet and patient care.

As the world continues to experience the effects of climate change, there is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including within the health sector. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Andrea MacNeill explains why making this move can be good for the environment and people’s health. 

The invisible lightness of healing

Phototherapy deemed low risk for atopic eczema patients who find the treatments simple and effective.

Benefits of exposing skin to ultraviolet light for people with atopic eczema far outweighs the risk, according to a study that will leave clinicians to rest easy, knowing that prescribed phototherapy does more good than harm.

Launching the VCHRI Strategic Plan 2022-2027: Integrating Research Innovation and Health Care

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) has launched the VCHRI Strategic Plan 2022-2027: Integrating Research Innovation and Health Care. Read the strategic plan on their website to learn more about their plan to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes for patients, families and the research community:

Ask an expert: How can I stay safe in the sun?

Our expert shares science-based and myth-busting insights on how UV rays can affect your skin, regardless of your skin tone.

While soaking up the rays on a beach or hike can give us a boost of vitamin D and have a positive effect on our mood, too much can lead to premature skin ageing and increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) researcher Dr. Sunil Kalia details why we should all be sun-smart.

Heath care priority management post-COVID-19

The pandemic has shone a light on the need for decision-making tools and public input to support health-care resource allocation.

Deciding which patients to treat and when were among the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With limited resources and staff available to care for patients, health care decision-makers were faced with an unprecedented situation in which patients and health-care resources needed to be allocated based on ever-evolving rules and guidelines.