Learn how health research changes lives.
VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 46 March 2019

Stopping vision loss from diabetes

Blake Covernton’s 12th year of life was a scary one. Now 64 years old, the North Vancouver resident recalls losing a lot of weight, feeling dizzy and excessively tired. His mother took him to see their family doctor who gave them a diagnosis of insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetes. Always the adventurous type, Blake did not let diabetes slow him down. 

I say yes  

to participating in research because it gives us the knowledge and strength to navigate through the tricky parts of life. – Blake Covernton, North Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can a dynamic vision test be developed to better assess an individual’s ability to see moving objects?

This study aims to test relationship between eye movements and an individual’s ability to detect speed changes in moving objects.

Can blood pressure medication slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?

This study aims to determine the relationship between blood pressure medication and brain atrophy over the course of one year.

What impact does intermittent catheterization have on daily life?

This study aims to obtain a realistic picture of the burden of intermittent catheterization in those with spinal cord injury.

Find a Research Study

Helpful tips on diabetes prevention

by Dr. Tom Elliott
1 2 3
Reduce consumption of sugary foods
and simple carbohydrates. Instead eat a healthy diet with an emphasis on high fiber and whole grain foods. 
Be more
physically active.

Aim for 15 to 20 minutes of aerobic exercise or exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate every day.
Practice a form of intermittent fasting, such as consuming one-third to one-half the amount of calories you usually would for several days per month.

Upcoming Events

Women's Health Lecture Series Vancouver

Hear from health and wellness professionals about the latest strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as managing your nutrition and gut health. Learn more.

Date March 26, 2019
Location Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver

Out of My Head - A Migraine Canada Presentation

Join Migraine Canada for a screening of the award-winning documentary Out of My Head followed by an interactive discussion. Learn more.

Date April 7, 2019
Location The Cinematheque
1131 Howe 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.