We are Michael Smith Health Research BC

By joining forces with Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), we have created a new dynamic and integrated health research organization that will support the growth and evolution of BC’s vibrant health research system and life sciences sector. Although we have a new name, the work of the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC, and Research Ethics BC is still active and moving forward.

The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia.

Clinical Trials BC

We advance BC’s development as a world-class destination for clinical trials across our province’s hospitals, research institutions and communities.

Research Ethics BC

Research Ethics BC helps to support a learning health systems by streamlining the processes for ethical review of multijurisdictional research

Patient Stories

Our patients are part of a large community bringing a face and voice to health science and research. Visit the Our Stories page to read more inspiring stories.

Reflections with Jim Mann, Patient Partner

Research Ethics BC’s Advisory Council member Jim Mann is an educator, advocate, and champion for patient-engaged research; in particular, research involving people living with cognitive impairments such as dementia. 

Learn how Jim is addressing the persistence of unconscious bias within the research context and his concerns over the use of terms such as “capacity,” without a definition to reference for example within templates for informed consent.

Read the Story