Research drives healthy economy, says MSFHR board chair in op-ed

Image: A Vancouver Sun column published March 19 by MSFHR board chair Sue Paish argues that health research is an important driver of BC’s knowledge economy.

A Vancouver Sun column published March 19 by MSFHR board chair Sue Paish argues that health research is an important driver of BC’s knowledge economy.

The article offers several examples that illustrate the benefits of health research. A vibrant research infrastructure helps recruit and retain the brightest minds while supporting the creation of skilled, well-paid jobs. By leveraging provincial investments, BC’s health research sector has been able to attract additional funding from private, federal, and non-profit sources to support valuable commercialization opportunities with economic benefits for the province. The application of research evidence also helps avert health care costs by finding efficiencies that save money while improving the effectiveness of patient care.