Spark is a quarterly publication that uses digital storytelling to share the impact of MSFHR and the people and projects we fund.
15 years of remarkable impact
In this issue of Spark, we are proud to reflect on the achievements of the past 15 years. These stories illustrate MSFHR’s role in supporting a remarkable transformation of BC’s health research landscape.
How the patient perspective is reshaping health
In this issue of Spark, we attempt to demystify patient engagement by looking at some of the ways researchers, care providers, and even funding agencies are helping to put the patient voice to use for the benefit of all British Columbians.
Age in Place
How civic design can promote healthy aging
In this issue of Spark, we look at the important role of research in supporting older adults to age well in their homes and communities. Our main story follows MSFHR Scholars Joanie Sims-Gould and Heather McKay as they study street-level changes in Vancouver’s West End that influence mobility and social interaction.
From Idea to Impact
The long road from world-class research to better health outcomes.
In this issue of Spark, we look at how four MSFHR-supported researchers have transformed made-in-BC ideas into products and policies that are improving health worldwide. Their experiences reveal British Columbia’s tremendous potential for research with global impact, as well as the myriad challenges awaiting researchers who wish to bring locally produced innovations to market or clinical practice.
Directions for the Future
A thriving health research community in BC for healthier citizens
In our inaugural issue of Spark, we showcase the three main areas where we will continue to add value to the health research system. Our core business is people – MSFHR-funded researchers develop new ways to address our complex health and health system problems. We also recognize the importance of being responsive to BC’s research needs. Finally, we know that we will accomplish more by working together.