IHLH research is conducted in clinical settings throughout British Columbia, focusing on improving patient outcomes. Study themes include: COPD (gender relation to COPD, lung cancer and systemic inflammation, biomarker development, rehabilitation); high resolution CT scanning in the assessment of emphysema and airway disease and heart disease; tuberculosis, lung infection and immunity; minimally invasive procedures for percutaneous valve replacement; links between air pollution and development of asthma in children, respiratory and middle ear infections, birth outcomes and adult cardiovascular disease.
The IHLH community includes clinical epidemiology units staffed by experienced biostatisticians, methodologists, health economists and data managers. These units include the Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR) at BC Children’s Hospital, Centre for Health Evaluation Outcomes Science (CHEOS) at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2) at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
Our major clinical centres include St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer Agency, BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital and UBC Hospital.