Innovative Gut Disorder Research Restores Quality of Life for Patients

Each year 40,000 Canadians suffer from recurrent Clostridium difficile or C. diff., a bacterial infection that can cause pain, diarrhea, and even death. C. diff. is usually treated with antibiotics, but they don’t work for everyone, especially…

Local Research Team Finding Hidden Cases of COVID-19

How do you count what you can’t see? Dr. Laura Cowen, a statistician at the University of Victoria, is working with a team of Island Health experts to do just that when it comes to “hidden” COVID-19 cases. The team will estimate the number…

Informing Response to Dual Public Health Emergencies: The Pandemic & Overdose Crisis

BC is in the midst of two public health emergencies: the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening drug overdose crisis. People who use illicit drugs face a higher risk of COVID-19 infection, complications, and mortality due to underlying health conditions…
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Slowing the Rising Tide of Local Cognitive Health Issues

Vancouver Island has a high population of older adults, and in Greater Victoria the population over age 75 is expected to increase by 115% over the next 20 years.  Locally, there is a higher prevalence of dementia in those age 45+ than in other…

Raising to the Challenge: Building a Biobank to Accelerate COVID-19 Research

To empower research that moves from the lab bench to the bedside, Island Health is establishing a Vancouver Island COVID-19 Biobank in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and other health authorities. The biobank…

Freezing of Nerves Helping Patients with Disabling Conditions

As Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Transitions for Island Health, Dr. Paul Winston wants to ensure the best available care for patients. He works to improve quality of life and speed up recovery for people who are recovering from injury,…

Supporting Families with Kids in Intensive Care

The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Victoria General Hospital provides the highest levels of care for our youngest and most vulnerable patients. For children and their parents, needing care in the PICU can be a stressful and overwhelming…

Bringing the Hospital to Patients at Home

The Hospital at Home project is putting a new twist on the old adage that home is best. Research shows that at home – and in their community – is the best place for many patients to receive care. Hospital at Home is an innovative new model…
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Finding Hidden COVID-19 Cases

New Partnership Makes New Research Tool Possible Victoria, BC – A Victoria research team is using math and statistics to help anticipate future COVID-19 waves so that public health strategies can target ways to manage possible future outbreaks. This…