MSFHR celebrates 15 years of impact in BC’s health research community

7 March 2016

Fifteen years ago today, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research was officially founded by the Government of British Columbia with a mandate to enhance our province’s capacity for world-class health research.

Over the past 15 years, we have delivered on that mandate. With the support of the provincial government, we have invested more than $330 million in award programs that nurture talent, advance new treatments and cures, and respond to health system priorities. To date, we have supported nearly 1,600 individual researchers and more than 80 teams. The result has been a remarkable transformation of BC’s health research landscape.

At the time of MSFHR’s founding, BC’s health research enterprise was at a crossroads. Despite the success of Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Smith and other leaders, the province was under-performing in its ability to attract federal grant funding and faced the loss of top scientists to other jurisdictions. MSFHR has played a central role in reversing this trend and creating a vibrant research community that is now recognized worldwide.

Investments in BC’s best and brightest have helped our province develop a world-class reputation in areas like cancer, genomics, and HIV/AIDS. BC also has the most productive concentration of health services researchers in Canada; these researchers have contributed to policy and practice improvements that have saved lives and money in BC and elsewhere.

We are excited to launch our anniversary year and look forward to sharing our stories of how MSFHR has made an impact on British Columbia’s health research landscape. Check out the “Our Story” page for new stories throughout the year that celebrate our successes.