Research & Capacity Building

Island Health's purpose includes innovation, teaching, and research. Our department supports research across the region to improve health and promote wellness in our communities.

Learn more about the services we provide, from funding opportunities and ethics approval to data management and knowledge translation.


Connect with our research facilitator or submit a request to get started.


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Important COVID-19 Notice: Clinical Trials and Health Research Operations at Island Health 

August 4, 2021

We announce the full resumption of all research at Island Health (including in-person research) in alignment with Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan. Please refer to this notice for further information.

June 2020

Island Health Research is focused on reducing risks for research participants and the public, and on proactively ensuring that resources are prioritized and available to support the COVID-19 response.

We are now starting the gradual resumption of non-COVID-19 research at Island Health. Please refer to this notice for further information. To assist researchers with their applications, refer to this update about research ethics review, and resumption of research at Island Health.

Researchers submitting a COVID-19 clinical research ethics application that includes or intends to include Island Health must notify the Manager of Clinical Research by email to at the time of submission to support coordination and planning. Please read this notice for further details.