As a teaching and research hospital, St. Paul’s participates in many research protocols. The help and cooperation of our patient volunteers makes this possible.

Providence Health Care is an academic health sciences centre. The hospitals within this consortium are affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

The researchers within the Mental Health Program strive for excellence in patient care and thus conduct ongoing quality improvement and research initiatives that contribute to enhancement of care and innovation in mental health.

Our researchers have won prestigious awards such as the Michael Smith Research Scholarship award and have received funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We are recognized internationally for some of the research we are doing.

Many people choose to participate to further knowledge in the disease area about which they care. We encourage our patients/families to be informed about our research and to consider becoming involved in some of our research studies and quality improvement projects.

All research at Providence/University of British Columbia and within the Mental Health Program is overseen by an ethics committee and all studies require that participants understand the research, including its risks and benefits and give their “informed consent” to participate.

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of our research, please visit Providence Health Care Research Institute to learn more about the Providence research program.

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Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, MD, FRCPC, FAPA

Director, Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies Laboratory & Schizophrenia Program
Partnerships between research institutions and clinical institutions are essential for improving care. That's the philosophy that we are pursuing here, and that’s the way to make great progress.