Research team in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Health research changes lives

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is one of Canada’s top-funded health research organizations. VCHRI is the research arm of Vancouver Coastal Health and a health partner of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The breadth and scope of research at VCH have long-lasting impacts on patient care and health care systems in British Columbia and worldwide.

What we do

VCHRI focuses on discovery and translational research that directly impact the health, economic and social outcomes in British Columbia. Our activities range from laboratory-based research to understand the human body and health conditions to clinical research focused on evaluating new ways to provide patient care.

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Get involved

Unlocking the potential of new drugs, therapies and medical devices is only possible with the help of clinical trial volunteers like you. Your participation in clinical trials is critical to developing more effective treatments for all patients.

Find a research study to join

A world-class research institute

VCHRI is home to 15 major centres and programs renowned nationally and internationally for their research excellence. Our dynamic and diverse research community creates opportunities for new scientific knowledge and its translation into improved health outcomes.

Other research opportunities

For participation in additional province-wide health research opportunities, please visit REACH BC.

More ways to get involved

Open Board Forums

Open Board Forums are important opportunities for the Board of Directors to engage with the public and garner feedback that will inform decision-making and improve quality of care. Find out how you can get involved.


Volunteers can have an incredibly positive impact on the lives of patients, visitors and staff. Discover just how rewarding the experience can be at VCH.