MSFHR in action

Since 2001, MSFHR has funded more than 1,700 individual researchers and 120 research teams through MSFHR funding programs, and supported many more through special projects and match funding.

Through these outstanding health researchers MSFHR supports discovery-based research and the translation of that research to new treatments, cures, practices, and solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.


  • Supporting treatment adherence with text messages
    Dr. Richard Lester is studying how weekly text messages to support treatment adherence. The non-intrusive automated texts simply ask ‘How are you?’, helping clinicians stay in touch with vulnerable patients and giving recipients the opportunity to ask for any support they need, when they need it.

    Find out more in Spark issue 6: Everyday tech for better care.

  • Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
    Dr. Mary Jung and her team at UBC Okanagan are studying a one-on-one counselling program and fitness app to help the 5.7 million Canadians with prediabetes make positive lifestyle changes and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Jung hopes to show app developers how to incorporate self-regulation and behaviour change science into their products to make a real long-lasting impact on health behaviours.

    Find out more about the Small Steps for Big Changes program run in Kelowna, BC alongside the YMCA Okanagan.

  • Using research evidence for healthy public policy
    Fuse 2018: the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health, explored the challenges encountered when using research evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making. Experts from across North America, Europe, Australia and beyond shared their experiences of using research evidence as a foundation for good public policy to promote and protect the health of citizens.

    May 8-10, 2018 | Vancouver, BC

  • Enabling patient-oriented research
    MSFHR is a major funding partner in the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit and also provides in-kind support and research funding and knowledge translation expertise. The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.

    Find out more about the BC SUPPORT Unit and how MSFHR is supporting patient-oriented research.