Disabilities Health Research Network


  • Lawrence Berg, DPhil
    UBC Okanagan
  • Bonita Sawatzky, PhD
    University of British Columbia
  • Chris McBride, PhD
    ICORD/University of British Columbia

Award term completed in 2010.

The Disabilities Health Research Network is an integrated, multidisciplinary, and BC-based network that fosters high quality research to better the lives of Canadians with disability. Through facilitating links, fostering innovative initiatives and increasing research scope and quality, the network promotes research that solves real problems for persons with disability, improves clinical practices of relevance to the health of persons with disability, and leads to improved policies of relevance to persons with disability.

The mission of the Disabilities Health Research Network is to increase knowledge about biological, psycho-social, and community-related factors in order to minimize further impairment, improve levels of ability, and enhance community participation of persons with disability.

The specific goals of the Network include to:

  • facilitate the links and interactions of BC, Canadian, and international researchers whose work affects the lives of persons with disability;
  • foster innovative Network initiatives that result in more students and junior researchers joining the disability research community, and conducting research on disability;
  • increase the scope and quality of research for persons with disability and nurture the development of aspiring, original research in disability;
  • promote a network that is closely tied to the disability community and seeks direction from those community partners to produce research that has utility to our community partners;
  • link and promote disability researchers throughout the challenging geography of BC (urban with non-urban);
  • develop and/or enhance common research themes in which Network members are willing to invest.
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University of British Columbia