Five Days in May

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Five Days in May is back for 2021! The past year was profoundly shaped by COVID-19 with rapid mobilization of research studies and supports, new collaborations and partnerships and tremendous learning in a complex, dynamic environment.

Join us for a virtual edition of Island Health’s annual health research showcase, and learn about key COVID-19 research initiatives.
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 learn, share ideas and spark innovation.

Please save the following dates and click on the links below to register. More details to come!


Friday, May 7, 2021


  • 3pm-4pm: Relational Roots of Indigenous COVID Research
    • presented by Dr. Danièle Behn Smith MD CCFP IFMCP (Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health) and Dr. Charlotte Loppie PhD (Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and Associate Dean-Research for the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria)
    • Moderated by Dr. Diane Sawchuck (Lead, Evidence, Evaluation, and Knowledge Translation, Island Health)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • 11am-12pm: In a Pandemic and Beyond: Engaging Patients as Partners for Hospital at Home
    • presented by Dr. Sean Spina BSc(Pharm) ACPR PharmD FCSHP (Principal Investigator of ATHOME and Co-Lead of Hospital at Home Evaluation) and Beth Bourke RN (patient Partner, Hospital at Home)
    • moderated by Tara McMillan (Manager of Patient and Public Research Engagement and Regional Centre Lead)

Monday, May 17, 2021

  • 10am-11am: Building a Knowledge Enterprise for Long Term Care in British Columbia
    • presented by Dr. Kelli Stajduhar RN PhD FCAHS FCAN (Professor in the School of Nursing and Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health, University of Victoria)
    • Moderated by Miranda Cary (Regional Practice Lead in Research and Knowledge Translation in Long Term Care, Island Health)


  • 3pm-4pm: Can asking just one question inform better responses to the current drug-poisoning emergency?
    • presented by Dr. Bernie Pauly RN PhD (Scholar in Residence, Island Health; Professor, School of Nursing; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use; Community Engaged Scholar, University of Victoria) and Fred Cameron (Community Researcher, Canadian institute for Substance Use Research; Operations Coordinator and Harm Reduction Manager, SOLID Outreach Society; Patient Council, BC Support Unit) 
    • moderated by Cindy Trytten (Director of Research and Capacity Building, Island Health)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 – International Clinical Trials Day

  • 10am-11am: Clinical Trials and a Learning Health System During a Pandemic
    • presented by Dr. Srinivas Murthy MD CM MHSc (Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Chair, Pandemic Preparedness Research, Health Research Foundation of Innovative Medicines Canada; Co-chair, Clinical Research Committee on COVID-19, World Health Organization)
    • moderated by Cindy Trytten (Director of Research and Capacity Building, Island Health)


  • 11am-12:30pm: Clinical Trials: Stops, Pivots & Strides during a Pandemic
    • Presented by Fiona Auld RN BSN CCRP (Clinical Research Nurse, Island Health); Deborah Parfett BSN CCRP (Clinical Research Coordinator, Island Health); Andrea Cameron RN MSc CCRP (Clinical Research Nurse, Island Health); Gayle Carney RN BSN (Clinical Research Nurse, Island Health); Jenna Winder RN MHA (Clinical Research Nurse, Island Health); Sheilah Frost RN BSN (Manager, Clinical Research, Island Health)


  • 1pm-2pm: The Latest Developments in COVID-19 Vaccine Research
    • presented by Dr. Julie Bettinger PhD MPH (Associate Professor, the Vaccine Evaluation Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia) and Dr. Manish Sadarangani BM BCh FRCPC DPhil (Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia Department of Pediatrics)
    • moderated by Cindy Trytten (Director of Research and Capacity Building, Island Health)


Thursday, May 27, 2021 



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.

View slides from this event


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.

View a recording View slides from this event

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.

View a recording

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.

View a recording View a list of resources and references

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:

Supporting Vulnerable Women: A Focus on Stigma and Safety - View a recording Men’s Health: From the Prostate to the Brain - View slides from this event; View a recording LGBTQ2+ Communities: Mapping of Health and Social Services

Clinical Research Education Symposium

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

View slides from this event


    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.