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The mission of the BCCDC Foundation is to protect and promote health, prevent harm, and prepare for threats by inspiring vision and philanthropy.  We work in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control to foster the development of key partnerships and collaborations that will result in the advancement of public health in BC and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Driving Innovation. Advancing Service.

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Our Objective

Newly emerging and established infectious diseases, as well as environmental hazards, are amongst the biggest threats to gains in improved world health and life expectancy.  The BCCDC has developed an international reputation for its leading edge research into infectious diseases and environmental hazards, from sequencing of the SARS genome to development of new ways to track the spread of infectious disease, from the innovative application of new DNA sequencing techniques to the development of a new field of genomic epidemiology. BCCDC has led the way with development of new vaccines and techniques to monitor the quality of air and water. BCCDC is now poised to ramp up its research activity, conducting innovative research that is driven by service to improve the health of populations. To do so, the BCCDC Foundation has been charged with attracting the necessary resources through partnership, increased sponsorship of strategic research, and leverage.

 

OVERVIEW
OF CURRENT
RESEARCH THEMES

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Our Vision

People living in healthy communities protected from infectious disease and environmental health hazards through innovative research and collaborative public health solutions. Our values are: integrity, transparency, accountability, independence from influence, cooperation, and public good.

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Our Population

We work for the people of British Columbia, but our research has global reach. BC has 4.5 million residents of diverse ethnicity, a substantial Aboriginal people and one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in Canada. There is an urgency to respond to the health needs and challenges of these population groups: to improve access to better health care; to eliminate inequities; to increase the successes of vaccination programs and develop new vaccines; to build upon successes in modelling the spread of disease and in disease surveillance to predict threats and prevent poor outcomes; to help create an environment that is healthy by protecting our natural reserves of water and air and reducing exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors; and to apply our knowledge for the advantage of the global community.

 

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lab1 BCCDC, with the help of the BCCDC Foundation, addresses health issues that are of provincial, national and international concern.

 

"The BCCDC Foundation has been very useful for us to be able to leverage some of our BCCDC expertise into exciting international programs. At this point, it is a great seed funding resource for early phase innovations and partnerships for BCCDC staff that might otherwise not be available or hard to access. "  
  Dr. Rich Lester

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Our Structure

The BCCDC Foundation is a proactive strategic organization that seeds and supports the BCCDC brand of excellence in public health research. It operates as a tax-exempt charity with its own Board and administration, therefore at arm's length from BCCDC, The BCCDC Foundation works in partnership with BCCDC: research priorities are defined by BCCDC investigators; strategies to achieve success will be accomplished through programs of the BCCDC Foundation. The BCCDC Foundation helps to support the research that is the "added value" advancing the BCCDC service functions.

 

Our overarching priorities are supporting research into the control and prevention of infectious diseases and environmental hazards.

Our Research Themes

DETAILED LISTING OF
RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Vaccines and Immunization Research

    Vaccines are a major contributor to a health population, and BCCDC is the provincial headquarters for immunization research and operations – the pharmacy distributes the vaccines, medical leaders develop immunization policies and educational resources for audiences from patients to healthcare providers, and surveillance teams monitor the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases. Research is also conducted into innovative new vaccines for emerging and important diseases such as Chlamydia and Tuberculosis.

  • Preparation for Emerging Threats

    BCCDC, always on guard for new and emerging threats to public health, played a major role in the 2003 SARS outbreak, working with local teams to generate the first genome sequence for the virus and ensuring few cases occurred in our province. More recently, BCCDC handled the provincial response to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, coordinating efforts from vaccine distribution to calculating the disease’s potential for spread.

     

  • Cutting-edge Genomics

    Just like humans, bacteria and viruses contain genetic information in the form of DNA. And like humans, their DNA encodes their history. Using leading-edge technologies, BCCDC teams were the first to read this DNA to track how diseases spread from person to person – information that can be used to stop future outbreaks.

  • Communicable Disease Surveillance

    Just like humans, bacteria and viruses contain genetic information in the form of DNA. And like humans, their DNA encodes their history. Using leading-edge technologies, BCCDC teams were the first to read this DNA to track how diseases spread from person to person – information that can be used to stop future outbreaks.

  • Sexual Health Programs

    BCCDC researchers are breaking new ground in the areas of sexual health, developing innovative programs using mobile phones and online services for STI testing and partner notification to reach out to patients. BCCDC’s sexual health programs are active in both BC and globally, and explore, for example, new ways of testing for and preventing HPV-related cancers, or developing guidelines for the prevention of hepatitis.

  • Mathematical Modelling

    Mathematical tools can be used to study the spread of disease through a population and predict the effectiveness of new treatments. BCCDC’s Mathematical Modelling group uses advanced mathematics and statistics approaches to explore disease transmission, and was recently named a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, a distinction given to only a few sites worldwide.

  • Global Health Solutions

    In our global world, infectious disease anywhere is infectious disease everywhere. BCCDC works worldwide to support surveillance, management, and treatment of diseases, including international collaborations with organizations such as the WHO and our own frontline programs in countries including Kenya and Uganda, where we partner with local communities to implement innovative and sustainable solutions.

  • Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory

    The BCCDC building is home to the BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, or BCPHMRL. This award-winning and accredited facility provides core laboratory testing services, specialized and advanced diagnosis and typing tests using the latest technology, and is responsible for much of the communicable disease laboratory testing carried out in BC. The lab team also engages in research geared towards improving and advancing laboratory science.

  • Environmental Health

    The BCCDC building is home to the BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, or BCPHMRL. This award-winning and accredited facility provides core laboratory testing services, specialized and advanced diagnosis and typing tests using the latest technology, and is responsible for much of the communicable disease laboratory testing carried out in BC. The lab team also engages in research geared towards improving and advancing laboratory science.

  • Protecting Vulnerable Populations

    Every person has the right to the best health possible and the right to be treated with dignity and respect. The BCCDC harm reduction program works closely with communities, including Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, to keep people safe and minimize the harms associated with high-risk behaviours. Unique BCCDC programs, including safer injection and safer inhalation products and take home naloxone kits, are helping to save lives and are inspiring similar programs in other parts of the world, and research into diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C are considered a vital component of BCCDC’s mandate.

     

  • Knowledge Translation

    At the BCCDC, research, service, and policy development are an intimate blend of activities. Information is synthesized, disseminated, and exchanged continuously to help people, communities and decision-makers, locally and globally. KT is a cross-cutting theme – it is a key part of all activities within each area at the BCCDC and is embedded in the vision of the BCCDC Foundation.

     

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Our Invitation
Join us: as partner, sponsor or collaborator, in the conduct of public health research that is cutting edge, relevant, builds capacity and leverages resources.
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