Health research remains a critical lifeline supporting and informing healthcare.
What are some VCHRI organizational highlights from 2014?
The consistent breadth and depth of research happening at VCHRI never ceases to amaze me. Our scientists continue to ask the challenging questions that facilitate new and greater understanding of disease and health, ultimately leading to healthier people, healthier communities, and a healthier system of care.
This year, VCHRI co-sponsored the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative at UBC, which brought together leading researchers from across the country to discuss Ebola treatment and action. The event focused on Canada’s contributions to potential therapeutics in response to the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Although the risk of the Ebola virus spreading to the Canadian public remains low, it is our global responsibility to educate and prepare members of the medical community with the tools and knowledge they may need to help potential patients.
Our researchers are on the front lines of discovering and sharing treatments, cures, and therapies that impact health and economic outcomes in B.C. and around the world. Clinical trials bridge the gap between research and patient care and help us answer questions people have about their own health. We currently have hundreds of clinical trials under way, all of which are promising, either in terms of developing therapies that can alleviate suffering and extend lives, or simply expand our understanding of illnesses.
Finally, our work continues to generate substantial investment in the province in terms of attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world and drawing medical research investment dollars that provide for world-class spaces, equipment, processes, and programs, here in B.C.
What are your hopes for the organization in 2015?
I am confident that 2015 will bring more discoveries that advance our ability to care for people, extend lives, and improve health.
It’s important to remember that improving patient care is not only about discoveries on the cellular and molecular levels, but it is also about the work that leads to a more efficient and economic health care system that manages to still put patients first. This is what we’re shaping in British Columbia.
What year-end message do you have for VCHRI researchers, trainees, and staff?
Thank you for your hard work that continues to elevate the reputation of VCHRI as a globally recognized health research organization. Your inquisitiveness and dedication are changing the world and VCHRI is pleased to be the organization facilitating your rigorous exploration, breakthroughs, and steady focus.
Also, please extend our thanks to your loved ones for understanding the importance of what we do and sharing our goals. Your time is precious and your dedication to your work often means time away from them. We are very mindful of, and grateful for, the sacrifices and efforts made on their part as well.
Over the holiday break, please take the time to appreciate and enjoy one another and be thankful for all we have here in this tremendous country, province, and city we are lucky enough to call home.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!