The purpose of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is to accelerate the translation of research insights into innovations that address patient needs and health system priorities to improve population health outcomes.
As an independent provincial organization, BC AHSN’s role is to foster collaboration and the diffusion of excellence in care, research and education among health system partners.
BC AHSN acts as a key enabler of a scientific and learning approach to implementing continuous improvement and strategic transformation of BC’s health system. By creating collaborative partnerships and aligning priorities and resources, BC AHSN will create an environment where research and innovations can be translated, applied and evaluated for patient benefit, and where competent health professionals can be educated, recruited, and retained.
Three key provincial resources are components of BC AHSN. These components work in collaboration to strengthen BC AHSN’s overall reach and impact:
- The BC SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Trials), which focuses on supporting, streamlining and increasing patient-oriented research throughout BC. The Unit implements the national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
- Clinical Trials BC (formerly the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network), which strengthens British Columbia’s capacity and competitiveness for attracting world class clinical trials to our hospitals, research institutions and communities.
- Research Ethics BC, which works to make BC a more competitive and innovative health research environment by streamlining and improving research ethics review processes.