We ensure research activities are aligned with Providence’s priority care programs.


The majority of PHCRI researchers have appointments at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU), two of the largest academic institutions in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Our researchers and programs actively explore areas of research to improve the health of the patients and residents cared for at our site and across the province of British Columbia.

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

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 the PHCRI mission possible.


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


The research community at Providence finds solutions to questions that arise from the care we provide at our hospitals. We acknowledge the rapidly changing health care environment and embrace the challenges it provides.

We prioritize prevention, treatment and outcomes research questions relevant to our research areas. We mentor and train new researchers, and 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 vessel.
  • Kidney risks and illnesses.
  • Urban health (vulnerable populations).
  • Seniors’ health.
  • Mental health.

Research Centres

Research at Providence Health Care is directly aligned with our priority care programs.

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Our Partners

Providence Health Care Research Institute works together with several partners which are listed in this section.

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