Learn how health research changes lives.
VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 30 November 2017

Life turned upside down: father of three faces reality of post-cancer diagnosis

Gerald van Wyck is a lucky man who, until recently, had never experienced a health crisis. So when a test showed that he was at risk for prostate cancer, it came as a complete surprise. "It was the first time I have ever had any health issues, so for it to be a possible cancer diagnosis was really shocking."

I say yes  

to participating in research because it means I can be an active participant in both illness and healing.
– Gerald van Wyck, Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research


Can a clinic help identify risk factors and prevent falls?

At the Falls Prevention Clinic, each participant receives a comprehensive assessment of his or her individual risk factors for falling in addition to a medical examination.


How is the microbiome related to prostatitis?

This study is recruiting patients with prostatitis as well as healthy controls to determine if the origin of chronic prostatitis is related to the microbiome.

Can an online resource help patients decide the best therapy for arthritis?

This study is recruiting patients with rheumatoid arthritis and aims to improve the process of making evidence-informed treatment decisions. 

Find a Research Study

Health tips for living with prostate cancer

by Sarah Weller
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Be heart healthy.
Men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from heart disease than cancer. Move regularly, eat healthy and sit less.
Build strength.
Weight training is important to build muscles and improve bone health—especially for men on hormone therapy.
Do Kegels daily. 
Urinary incontinence is a common side effect of many prostate cancer treatments. Do Kegels before and after to regain control.

Upcoming Events

Nutrition for autism

Join Kate Hutchinson, registered holistic nutritionist, as she discusses fundamental connections between the gut and the brain, and why nutrition is so important for neurological challenges. She will share practical information on how parents can facilitate the most optimal conditions. Learn more

Date November 20, 2017
Location Pacific Autism Family Centre
3720 Cessna Drive, Richmond 

20 years of brain health: an anniversary symposium

Join the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health for a celebratory commemoration of 20 years of neuroscience research and brain health discovery at the University of British Columbia. Meet and mingle with the UBC neuroscience community and enjoy special presentations. Learn more

Date November 25, 2017
Location Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver
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