Five Days in May

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Island Health’s flagship health research month is designed to educate, inform, inspire and stimulate. Every year, we bring together researchers and students, patients and healthcare providers, decision-makers and members of the public to share ideas and spark innovation.

Five Days in May 2019 

Recordings and resources from this year’s events are available below.

Thursday, May 2

Driving Quality and Innovation: Clinical Trials Showcase

Hear how clinical trials conducted at Island Health have changed practice and patients' lives, and learn about the supports available to investigators.

Clinical Research Education Symposium

Join your clinical research colleagues for an afternoon of learning and resource-sharing!

Monday, May 6

Equity across the Spectrum: Gender and Sexual Health Research

How can health research contribute to equity regardless of identity or orientation, and what further research is needed? Join us for events on:

Thursday, May 16

Indigenous Health Research: Good Work Across Communities

Learn from examples of indigenous research, and join the conversation about how research can contribute to the ongoing work of reconciliation.

Thursday, May 23

Health Research is a Two-Way Street: Putting Citizen Scientists in the Driver’s Seat

The future of health research depends on the public voice. This session will focus on patient and community engagement in health research, including why it matters, how to find the right fit, and how to maximize impact.

Thursday, May 30

Cannabis: Revelations through Research

What do we know about cannabis and health, and where do we need more evidence? Learn how cannabis research is unfolding, and get informed about current regional, provincial and national initiatives. Join the conversation on how to move forward together.

Watch Online!

Videos from previous years are available on Vimeo:

2018 videos
2017 videos
2016 videos
2015 videos
2014 videos 
2013 videos

Continuing Education Credits

Five Days in May events are accredited for healthcare professionals seeking continuing education credits.

To request a certificate, please email

Learn more about self-reporting your credits.