Our Services

RCB Who's Who Factsheet: a one-page overview of our services, with contact information.

Budgets & Contracts

Research contracts are managed through the Research and Capacity Building Department. Island Health is a member of the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network's Contract Harmonization Task Force, an initiative working to standardize contractual language for industry-sponsored clinical trials and thereby reduce the start up time for studies.

Our department also reviews and negotiates investigator-sponsored research contracts on behalf of Principal Investigators. Research and Capacity Building creates the necessary contracts to enable students, research assistants and a wide range of other research-related roles to join Island Health and obtain the necessary training and credentials.

Research and Capacity Building supports Investigators by performing a thorough cost analysis of research protocols and negotiating, where applicable, costs with other departments and external vendors. Clinical research budgets are competitive with other research sites in Canada.

For questions pertaining to contracts, please contact Dawn Waterhouse (PhD, MBA), Research Business Manager.

Clinical Trials & Research Coordination

Island Health conducts both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials of investigational therapies and approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Principal Investigators work across a wide range of medical specialties. For more information, contact Mandeep Manhas, Clinical Research Manager.

Research Coordinators are skilled multi-taskers that understand the logistics, complexities and regulations of research conduct. The majority of Island Health's Clinical Research Coordinators are certified by either the Association for Clinical Research Professionals or the Society for Clinical Research Associates. They are Registered Nurses and capable of working closely and successfully with Principal Investigators across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Continuing Education

Research and Capacity Building hosts a wide range of skill-building workshops and events. To find out about upcoming educational events, subscribe to our listserv.

Data Management & Statistical Services

We offer statistical support services to facilitate study design, data collection processes, and analysis of research data. Statistical support includes a complementary initial consultation, guidance on study methodology, and analysis of data sets. The latter services carry a cost recovery charge of $75 per hour.

REDCap: Island Health has recently introduced Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap), a versatile data management tool that can be used to support research and quality improvement, surveys, and operational projects across the health authority. Visit the REDCap Consortium website to learn more.

    • Are you interested in running a project in REDCap?

Request a REDCap project estimate

    • Already a user?

Log in to REDCap: Internal or External

    • Do you need support for your REDCap project?

Send a question to redcap at viha.ca

    • To learn more about REDCap or to request a statistical consultation:

Contact us at redcap at viha.ca

Browse presentations from REDCap Day 2016 (March 3) and get inspired by your colleagues' creative uses of REDCap!

Grant Facilitation

We provide support to Island Health staff and affiliates who are seeking funding to support research or knowledge translation initiatives. If you're seeking funding for a new or existing project, please visit the Funding Opportunities page or contact Annie Moore.

Research Ethics

Island Health has two Research Ethics Boards: the Clinical Research Ethics Board (CREB) and the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB). The HREB has a joint subcommittee partnered with UVic's Human Research Ethics Board to facilitate the review of minimal risk studies.

Island Health is a member of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative working with partners in the province who are committed to streamlining the ethics review process for multi-centre studies.

To learn about the research ethics application process, contact Karen Medler, Coordinator of the CREB, or Dawn Pollon, Coordinator of the HREB.

Visit the Research Ethics page.

Research Facilitation & Knowledge Translation

If you are interested in conducting a research study at Island Health and would like to know how to get started or to find potential collaborators, please contact Wendy Young. Wendy can also work with you to develop a knowledge translation plan that puts research evidence into practice.

Operational Review

Research Operational Review enables researchers to connect with the departments that they require support from to conduct their studies. For questions, contact Kim Horie, Research Administrative Coordinator.

Visit the Operational Review page.


Island Health is pleased to support training and mentorship opportunities for students interested in learning more about research or completing graduate course requirements through the University of Victoria, Royal Roads and other academic institutions.  Island Health supports the UBC Island Medical Program's Summer Research Scholarship Program as well as other students to provide exposure to research opportunities ranging from clinical to health services to population health studies. Contact Wendy Young for more information about connecting with students.

Standard Operating Procedures & Compliance

Research at Island Health is governed by a number of key policies, including those related to protection of privacy and confidentiality as well as security of data.

Standard operating procedures are in place to support the efficient, high quality and regulatory-compliant conduct of research. Available on the Island Health Intranet, researchers and their staff have continual access for training and ongoing reference. Terri Fleming is available to answer questions and assist in training.