Research & Capacity Building

Did you know? 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.

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

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. 

Get Involved

Island Health conducts and supports a wide range of research that:

  • Creates new knowledge to improve health and care in our communities
  • Discovers the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases through clinical trials
  • Engages people by working together to ensure that the right patient receives the right treatment at the right time
  • Applies research evidence to improve health services, support policy-making, and strengthen the healthcare system

Research Focus

To ensure we're meeting the needs of the communities we serve, we focus on research in: 

  • Seniors Health
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Aboriginal Health

Get Started

Everything you need to know about conducting research at Island Health, and how we can help. Learn more about the services we provide, from funding opportunities and ethics approval to data management and knowledge translation.

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