On January 1, 2020, I began in my new role as President of the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network. I am truly honoured to take on this role, filling the rather large shoes of my predecessor, Dr. Tom Noseworthy. I would like to begin by acknowledging the enormous contribution made by Tom – as a direct result of his outstanding leadership, there can be no doubt that our organization is “on the map.”
Tom has built a strong foundation for us to build on together through his exciting and ambitious strategic plan, called Looking Forward. The current component units (BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC) of BC AHSN, and the clinical networks we support (the BC Emergency Medicine Network and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC) are strong and coherent, and I will support their further development.
BC AHSN also has a major commission from the provincial Ministry of Health relating to quality improvement in long-term care, with connections to the work of the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program at the University of Alberta. I see this commission as a major priority for BC AHSN in the short term, and we are ensuring that we have the plans in place to deliver well and fully on this project.
I see many opportunities for us to work more closely and collaboratively with existing and new partners – especially our colleagues in health sector entities, including the BC Ministry of Health, health authorities, health care provider groups and private health care industries.
So that I can devote my time fully as BC AHSN’s organizational leader, we are recruiting a new Scientific Director. This will be an AHSN-wide appointment with a main commitment to the BC SUPPORT Unit, as this position is a requirement for Phase II of the national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).
I believe passionately in the goals of the Network. Throughout much of my career, I have sought to build bridges between the academic and health sector worlds. I see the key pieces in place for BC AHSN to build on the successes we have achieved, and I assure you that I will give my all in this new, exciting and challenging role.
– Stirling Bryan