A holiday message from VCHRI Executive Director Dr. David Granville.
The end of a year is a time to reflect on what we have accomplished and to plan for what lies ahead. As we gradually emerge from the global pandemic, I would like to take a moment to consider how 2022 has, in many ways, been a year of renewal and growth.
At VCHRI, we completed our five-year strategic plan, which lays a roadmap for how we will continue to expand our understanding of the complexities of human health and disease, and apply these findings to patient care. Through fundamental, clinical and population-based research, we are forging a healthier and brighter future for countless individuals and families. The path forward reflects the work of our researchers, health professionals and trainees, who tirelessly dedicate their time to improve health care and patient outcomes in British Columbia and beyond.
Looking ahead, a post-pandemic world has presented new opportunities for growth in medical research and the development of new preventative, diagnostic, rehabilitative and therapeutic approaches. Building a stable and robust health care system will continue to serve both patients and the B.C. economy. Through the development and implementation of our innovations, we are driving return-on-investment and job creation. Importantly, through our discoveries, we continue to strive to minimize the burden of disease and suffering among our most vulnerable and underserved communities.
VCHRI is a longstanding, top-funded research institute. The significant support that we receive from research grants and donors is a testament to the expertise and international leadership of our investigators. Our work builds on our solid track record of success as a world leader in traditional, complementary and integrative health care.
We can be truly proud of our accomplishments in 2022. As we embark on the new year, I can say with confidence that we are more than ready to execute on our research priorities to promote better patient health, care and overall well-being.
In the midst of ongoing, global economic hardships and political strife, I also want to acknowledge the many individuals and families whose loved ones abroad may be facing famine, repression and war. We are here to support you in any way that we can.
Times of disruption often demonstrate the importance of community and connection. As we approach this holiday season and appreciate all that you have accomplished, I wish you all a time of relaxation, humour and enjoyment with your families and friends, in person and in spirit.
May you and your loved ones have a very joyous and peaceful holiday season.