Learn how health research changes lives.
VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 32 January 2018

In the name of love

Ray and Nancy Banks had just finished breakfast when Ray started to feel weak. After 62 years of marriage, Nancy could tell something was wrong and knew that her husband needed help. Ray was admitted to the hospital, diagnosed with a stroke, successfully treated and sent home.

Then came the hard part. 

I say yes  

to participating in research because it adds variety to our lives and teaches us different ways to cope with the aftermath of a stroke.
– Ray and Nancy Banks, Abbotsford

Opportunities to participate in research


Can a drug help reduce complications for adults with liver inflammation?

This study is recruiting participants with cirrhosis to determine the effects of selonsertib on fibrosis regression and complication reduction.


Can we better understand neurodegeneration and dementia?

This study is recruiting participants who have experienced a decline in memory or mental functions to distinguish the characteristics of neurodegenerative disorders. 


Can a drug help those with heart failure?

This study is recruiting participants with chronic heart failure to evaluate the safety and efficacy of empagliflozin.

Find a Research Study

Tips for supporting a loved one after stroke

by Cam Clayton
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Learn all you can.
Read about stroke recovery, support services and how to reduce future stroke risks. Start here
Find support for both of you.
Connect with friends and family. Consider joining a local stroke survivor and caregiver support group–you are not alone.
Take care of you. 
​Take breaks from caregiving, manage stress, maintain social activities and exercise–you need to stay healthy to be a good support.

Upcoming Events

Community forum 2018: the beginning of a conversation

Learn more about palliative care, how to speak to your family about what end of life care is, and where to get resources for grief and support.

Date January 27, 2018
Location Kwantlen Polytechnic University Conference Centre
12666 72 Avenue, Surrey

Rethinking germs: healthy living with our microbes

Join two leading scientists for an in-depth discussion about the world of germs and how 'good' bacteria are an important part of healthy living and vital for people of all ages.

Date February 5, 2018
Location SFU Segal Building
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Administration Office
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.875.JOIN (5646)
Fax: 604.875.4900
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is the research body of Vancouver Coastal Health and health partner of the University of British Columbia.