Other Support

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)

BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative

  • Aimed at developing a more effective, coordinated provincial approach to ethics approval of research involving human subjects
  • a collaborative effort between eight partner organizations representing BC’s provincial health authorities and major research universities.
  • MSFHR is facilitating the process by providing funding and project management support.

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research 

  • CIHR initiative to “foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care”
  • MSFHR is facilitating the development of a SUPPORT Unit in BC that will enable researchers, health-care providers, and health-care decision-makers to conduct and implement patient-oriented research.

BC Health Research Strategy

  • To identify specific actions for collaborative implementation by the health research community.
  • To provide a framework from which other organizations can determine their own priorities, plans and investment decisions.

Funding Opportunities


BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN)

  • Training and education
  • Professional development
  • Quality management
  • Research Asset Map


Network of Networks

  • An alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity
  • Creation and distribution of training and quality assurance that will raise the national standard for the conduct of research
  • Committees include: Standard Operating Procedures, Education & Training, Quality, Clinical Trials Awareness and Education, Communication, Mentorship, Finance/Funding, and Metrics

List of Member Organizations



UBC Biomedical Research Centre

  • Research focus: preventive medicine (vaccines), effective medicine (new treatments), regenerative medicine (use of stem cells to restore function)
  • Resources: Antibodies, Flow Cytometry, Genotyping, Proteomics



UBC Life Sciences Institute 

  • Home to more than 85 principal investigators and their research labs from 10 different departments across several faculties
  • Provides an exceptional and unique environment for graduate and undergraduate student training
  • The LSI partners with other UBC facilities to provide state-of-the-art Imaging, Tissue Processing, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Flow Cytometry