Providence Health Care Research Institute

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 PHCRI, our research 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.

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Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Anis, Aslam Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies
Ayas, Najib Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Public health and afety consequences of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation
Bansback, Nick Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) inform policies and practices in health through the application of
Barbic, Skye Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mental Health and Society, mental health, measurement, recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory, Implementation Science, Patient Engagement, Supported Employment, Individual Placement Support, assessment, health and well-being, metrology, Occupational therapy, youth
Bassett, Ken Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gender and Blindness: testing gender specific community interventions in Upper Egypt, an assessment of community ophthalmology projects in Central India, as well as community ophthalmology projects in Nepal and Tanzania.
Bernatchez, Pascal Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular System, Genetic Diseases, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Angiogenesis, Muscular Diseases, Neuromuscular Diseases, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Lipid Disorders, Pharmacokinetics, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, endothelium, nitric oxide, muscular dystrophy, endothelial dysfunction, lipoproteins, Marfan syndrome, vascular disease, Inflammation
Boyd, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) The cross-application of techniques from cardiovascular physiology and immunology has resulted in exciting discoveries, including proving for the first time that stimulation of Toll-Like Receptors expressed by cardiac myocytes resulted in cardiac contractile dysfunction
Brunham, Liam Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Lipid Disorders, Stem Cells and Organogenesis, Lipids, Genetics, Pharmacogenomics
Camp, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Rehabilitation, Environment and Respiratory Diseases, Native Health, Rehabilitation Care and Services, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Mobility, Health Care Technologies, Telemedicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, health services delivery, Indigneous health, Mixed methods, Knowledge translation, Physical Activity, E-health
Carlsten, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environment and Respiratory Diseases
Christenson, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Resuscitation, sudden cardiac death, chain of survival, out of hospital cardiac arrest, emergency medical services
Cundiff, Geoffrey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, urogynaecology, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, obstetrical injury, quality assurance, Epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, to anatomy, to education, to the prevention of maternal obstetrical trauma
Daley, Denise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Complex Trait Genetics, Genetic Diseases, Asthma, Susceptibility Genes, Genetics of Aging, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, Epigenetics, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asthma, Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System
Francis, Gordon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) lipoproteins, Cholesterol metabolism, Cardiovascular risk factors, Prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, High density lipoproteins (HDL)
Geller, Josie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Eating Disorders
Geoffrion, Roxana Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) patient education, surgical outcomes after various pelvic reconstructive surgeries and surgical skill development through simulation and standardized training; pelvic floor reconstruction procedures such as vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence surgery
Gill, Jagbir Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Kidney transplantation; Organ donation; Clinical epidemiology
Gill, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical outcomes in kidney transplant patients; Access to kidney transplantation; Living donor transplantation; Cardiovascular risk in transplant patients
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, development of antiretroviral therapies and management strategies
Granville, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aging Process, Skin Disorders, Auto-Immune Diseases, Aneurism, Connective Tissue Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology
Guenette, Jordan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) exercise physiology, respiratory physiology, respiratory diseases, sport performance
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular determinants of COPD, small airway obstruction, angiotensin signalling, defective airway epithelial differentiation in asthma, human lung cell repository
Harrison, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) measurement and valuation of health, health technology and policy assessment, and preferences for healthcare interventions; evaluation/re-evaluation of the type of health care that is provided, the point in the treatment pathway, and the way in which it is delivered
Hatala, Rose Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) in-training (such as the mini-cex) and high-stakes assessment methods; clinical reasoning
Johnston, Darlene Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) First Nations legal issues, Indigenous legal traditions, canadian aboriginal and treaty rights, law and colonialism, relationship between totemic identity, territoriality and governance
Koehoorn, Mieke Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Occupational health, injury, compensation policies, Worksafe BC, Gender Work and Health
Krahn, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) management of cardiac arrhythmias; investigation of genetic causes of arrhythmias, causes of loss of consciousness and implantable arrhythmia device monitoring
Laher, Ismail Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cardiovascular Diseases, regulation of small artery tone, mechanisms of pressuce-induced vasomotor responses, exercise, sleep, animal models of sleep apnea, oxidative stress, exercise, Diabetes
Leipsic, Jonathon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diagnostic performance and radiation reduction as well as CT to guide minimally invasive valve intervention
Levin, Adeera Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hypertension/Renal Transplantation; Medical Education; Outcome/Evaluation Method Applied to Renal Patients
Li, Linda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Care and Services, Health Care Technologies, Patient help-seeking experiences, Shared decision-making, Patient self-management, E-health, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management, Health services research, Patient Engagement, Knowledge translation, Implementation Science, digital media
Lima, Viviane Dias Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biostatistics, Epidemiological Methods, Epidemiology of HIV Disease, Epidemiology of HCV Disease, Public Health, Health care utilization, Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases
Luo, Honglin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Viral Infections, Cardiomyopathy, Lung Cancer, Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases, Protein quality control in cardiac remodeling, Oncolytic virus for lung cancer therapy, Enteroviral infection and neurodegeneration
Lynd, Larry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) health economics, orphan drugs, pharmaceutical policy, respiratory medicine, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, rare diseases
McCracken, Rita Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Audit and feedback to improve primary care prescribing, Health human resources, Polypharmacy and deprescribing, Frailty, aging, Patient-oriented research outcomes, Primary care research, Health services evaluation
Milloy, Michael-John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) how experiences for illicit drug users hinder or promote HIV/AIDS treatment
Moore, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) HIV prevention and control, HIV among men who have sex with men, HIV in sub-Saharan Africa; epidemiology; public health
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Data mining and analysis, health informatics, text summarization, text mining
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) public health and substance use, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify the treatments offered; treatment needs of patients
Palepu, Anita Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Homelessness and Homeless People, homeless, Addiction, housing, Epidemiology, health care utilization, safe medication prescribing
Phang, P Terence Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Colorectal cancer surgery, clinical research, diagnostic imaging, laparoscopy, sphicter-preserving resection, transanal microsurgery, medical education
Quon, Bradley Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Respiratory System, Proteomics, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, biomarker discovery and development, clinical epidemiology, health care economics, medication adherence
Richardson, Lindsey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology of health and illness, substance use, HIV/AIDS, urban health, sociology of work and economic life, health disparities
Russell, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) old world, Iron Age, Celtic, classical Greek, Roman and Byzantine art, archaeology, architecture, ancient Roman daily life and culture;Roman military organization early Christianity; magic in antiquity; Greek and Roman inscriptions and coins; Scottish and Irish archaeology; old world and classical architecture, archaeology and culture with emphasis on Western Europe and Middle East; Celtic (especially Ireland and Scotland); Greek and Roman, classical and Byzantine; Latin, Greek, Lallans and lowland Scots; Scottish literature; Robert Burns; Scottish poetry generally; ancient through early Islam, especially Turkey; Eastern Europe, New therapy for sepsis (severe infection), septic shock and acute lung injury, role of genetics of the inflammatory response in the critically ill
Ryerson, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Interstitial lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema, dyspnea, pulmonary rehabilitation, symptom management, health care databases.
Sandford, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) genetic basis of asthma and has extended his studies to include the genetics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peanut allergy as well as the genetic basis of pulmonary disease severity in cystic fibrosis; potential effects on gene function of genetic variants associated with these disease outcomes
Schechter, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) HIV/AIDS
Schellenberg, R Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) asthma and allergic inflammation with primary interests in the mechanisms of excessive airway narrowing of asthmatic tissues and the modulation of chemotaxis and apoptosis (programmed cell death) of basophils and eosinophils; unique modulation of basophils versus eosinophils in terms of the chemokines inducing migration, the proteases involved in this process, and the cytokines leading to prolonged survival by inhibition of apoptosis.
Schuetz, Christian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and Cultural Psychiatry, Psychology - Biological Aspects, Addiction, Cognitive Control, Treatment

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