Vancouver Coastal Health is the largest multi-disciplinary research precinct for leading researchers in British Columbia.
Vancouver Coastal Health includes both acute care and community care facilities that offer unlimited research opportunities in clinical and basic research, translational research, and clinical trials to name only a few.
The majority of research takes place within the Acute Care Health Facilities, also known as “Vancouver Acute”. This encompasses buildings with both wet and dry laboratories at Vancouver General Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and UBC Hospital.
Please note our buildings are located within the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and therefore, the following policies are applicable:
Smoke-free premises: VCH has implemented a smoke free policy to protect patients, staff, clients, volunteers and the general public from the harmful effects of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke while in or on VCH owned and/or operating premises, facilities, and grounds. Please contact your medical practitioner for access to smoking cessation programs and/or move off VCH premises, facilities and grounds if you wish to smoke.
Scent-free premises: Scented products can cause a variety of health problems for patients, staff and visitors. As a result, VCH has implemented a scent-free policy - please refrain from using personal (perfumes, cologne, lotion, shampoos, sprays, lotions and creams) and non-personal products (scented candles, potpourri, scented ornaments, etc) on site.
Bikes: commuting by bicycle is strongly encouraged, however, bikes are prohibited from the inside of our buildings (with the exception of the cycling centre). Please ensure you use one of the following:
- The VGH Cycling Centre at: bcgreencare.ca/vgh-cycling-centre
- One of the bike cages at VGH - research staff can request access by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
- Or bike racks located within the site.
We have many elderly, fragile research participants accessing our buildings as well as patients accessing clinics and medical offices at the hospital buildings. Please do not secure your bike to railings at building entrance doors/ramps, etc. Failure to adhere to any of the above requirements may result in your lock being cut and your bike being removed and/or disposed of at your own risk. It may also affect your access to the facility. Thank you for your consideration of others.
Are you looking for additional space within VCH Research Institute? Review the following policies prior to submitting your request:
- Approved Academic Research Space Allocation and Management Policy
- Approved Academic Administrative Space Allocation and Management Policy
Send your request via email to Karen Donaldson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your request should list all lab personnel, all current grant funding held by you, amount and type of space you need, a justification for the space, and any specific requirements in order to be able to function in the space.
VCH Research Infrastructure Working Group
In 2011, the VCH Research Infrastructure Working Group Committee was established to focus discussions on research infrastructure, particularly with respect to accessibility and availability of new and replacement research space. The Committee meets 2-3 times annually and is made up of individuals located throughout Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute including Dr. Kevin Gregory-Evans (Chair), Centre and Department Directors as well as Managers within our sites.