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Who We Are

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) have joined forces to create a dynamic and integrated health research organization, Michael Smith Health Research BC, to support the growth and evolution of BC’s vibrant health research system and life sciences sector.

As one organization — and embracing a dual role of “doing” and “influencing” — Michael Smith Health Research BC is in a much stronger position to work with partners and stakeholders to strengthen research capacity across the province, support evidence-informed decision making in health care, increase the competitiveness of our life sciences sector, and maximize the social and economic benefits of health research in BC.

Michael Smith Health Research BC comprises: the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC, Research Ethics BC, and funding programs that attract, develop and retain BC’s health research talent. Together, we deliver a range of essential knowledge management services and supports that collectively enable learning health systems in BC and strengthen our reach and impact.