Research Day recap: 14th annual event celebrates our achievements

Jun 8, 2018 | News

PHC President and CEO Fiona Dalton congratulates the winners of this year's Research & Mission Award, Dr. Jim Christenson (left) and Dr. Aslam Anis (right)PHC President and CEO Fiona Dalton congratulates the winners of this year's Research & Mission Award, Dr. Jim Christenson (left) and Dr. Aslam Anis (right)

Guests from across the Providence Health Care research community gathered at the Sutton Place Hotel on Wednesday, June 6 for a morning of celebration, education and networking.

The 14th annual Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) Research Day event, hosted this year by the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), drew a large crowd of scientists, staff, students and others eager to hear the keynote address and learn the winners of the 2018 Research & Mission Award.  

CHÉOS scientists Drs. Anita Palepu and Karin Humphries emceed the event and kicked off the morning by welcoming guests. Dr. Paul Man, President of PHCRI and Vice-President, Research and Academic Affairs at PHC, then presented an annual update which highlighted the organization’s research accomplishments over the past year and set forth a vision for the future.

Following Dr. Man’s update, Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation at UBC, gave the keynote presentation titled “Supercharging the UBC Research and Innovation Ecosystem.” Dr. Murphy is a Professor in UBC’s Department of Computer Science whose research focuses on improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by providing the necessary tools to identify, manage and co-ordinate the information that matters most to their work. Her energy and experience will help drive the development and implementation of UBC’s new research and innovation strategy.

Dr. Gail Murphy delivers the keynote address.

The much-anticipated Research & Mission Award ceremony took place during the second half of the program. Christopher De Bono, Vice-President, Mission, Ethics, Spirituality & Indigenous Wellness at PHC, presented this year’s award to two outstanding researchers who contribute to scientific knowledge at an exceptional level and exemplify the mission and values of PHC – Drs. Aslam Anis and Jim Christenson.

Dr. Anis is the Director of CHÉOS, National Director of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network, a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and a Senior Scientist with Arthritis Research Canada. As one of Canada’s preeminent health economists, he has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the health of British Columbians.

Dr. Aslam Anis accepts his award from Christopher De Bono.

Dr. Christenson is an Emergency Physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC, and the Executive Lead of the BC Emergency Medicine Network. He has been researching clinical solutions to emergency problems for over 30 years, with a primary focus on resuscitation and cardiovascular research.

Dr. Jim Christenson accepts his award from Christopher De Bono.

Both winners gave inspiring presentations on their work.

The program concluded with closing remarks from Fiona Dalton, the new President and CEO of PHC. Ms. Dalton acknowledged the important part research plays in providing the best patient care possible. She emphasized the importance of working together in health care and thanked all the researchers in the room for nurturing the next generation of innovators.

Following the formal program, guests enjoyed a buffet lunch and had the chance to network with colleagues and tour display tables showcasing the innovative work of our research centres and groups.

Scroll down to see more photos from the day.

Gina Willis from the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences and Kevin Pendergraft from CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network at their display table.

Chris Robinson and Esther Wu at the Providence Health Care Research Institute display table.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS brought information about the Momentum study, the Per-SVR study, TasP, clinical education and more. 


Representatives from the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular health (ICVHealth) were on site to share information about their research.

PHC President and CEO Fiona Dalton provided closing remarks.

Event co-host Dr. Anita Palepu (right) presents flowers to Dr. Gail Murphy after her keynote presentation. 

Guests mix and mingle at Research Day.

Guests find their name tags at the registration table.

Guests mix and mingle at Research Day.

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