Learn how health research changes lives.
VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 40 September 2018

From physical decline to newfound hope

Andréa Vawda had a monster living inside her that was attacking her heart and mind. By her mid-30s, migraines became an almost daily, and extremely painful, occurrence. She also noticed a decline in her cognitive abilities. It was harder for her to understand and retain information, and she was having difficulty reading. Vawda felt as though her memory and physical health were slipping away.

I say yes  

to participating in research for the opportunity to learn about my condition and hopefully contribute to better health care supports for others.
– Andréa Vawda, Burnaby

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can an experimental drug be used to treat liver fibrosis in adults with NASH?

This study is recruiting adults with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to participate in a clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of the drug Cenicriviroc.

Can physician influence have an impact on hearing aid user satisfaction?

This study is recruiting adults experiencing hearing loss to help determine if physician involvement in the hearing aid fitting process leads to greater user satisfaction. 

Is there a difference between the 3 meningitis vaccine options available in BC? 

This study is recruiting healthy adolescents entering the Grade 9 school year to determine whether there are any differences in the current meningitis vaccine options provided to students in BC.

Find a Research Study

Helpful tips for problem solving after stroke

by Zoe O’Neill
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Break the problem into smaller parts.
Approaching the problem one step at a time will make it easier and more manageable.
Find a quiet space.
Turn off all distractions and keep clutter to a minimum to help you focus when trying to complete a task.
Take your time and be kind to yourself.
Allow for more time to get things done and don't put too much pressure on yourself.

Upcoming Events

Public Talk: The Environment, Physical Activity, and Your Health

Hear about the environment and how it affects your physical activity, eating habits and all around health. Learn more.

Date September 19, 2018
Location Paetzold Auditorium at Vancouver General Hospital
899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Western Regional Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium

Come together with other Canadians affected by pulmonary hypertension to share tips and resources, and participate in educational sessions presented by medical experts. Learn more.

Date September 28-29, 2018
Location Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
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.