Chronic Diseases Research

The WHRI supports a wide variety of research programs dedicated to understanding and supporting chronic disease.  Chronic diseases are persistent conditions lasting three months or longer, and include but are not limited to: HIV/AIDS, Endometriosis, Heart Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic, Encephalomyelitis. The WHRI works closely with BC Women’s Hospital programs and their clinician researchers and patients.

Research Programs

BC Women’s Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP)
The CCDP is a leader in providing inter-professional care to patients with complex and chronic diseases. Patients of the CCDP all have signs, symptoms or diagnosis of: patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and symptoms attributed to Chronic Lyme Disease.  The CCDP is conducting research to: a) better characterize the population presenting for management of complex chronic disease and b) assess the effectiveness of the CCDP in improving patients’ outcomes over time.

Women’s Heart Health Clinic (WHHC)
The WHHC at BCW/VGH provides comprehensive care for women with heart disease, and those at risk of developing heart disease. The clinic is one of the only centers in Canada dedicated to prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The clinic covers all aspects of heart health care including diagnostics, therapeutics, risk reduction and lifestyle coaching. The Women’s Heart Health Clinic is currently running a research study to investigate whether gender specific care has an impact on outcome for women with a range of different cardiac conditions.

BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis (CPPE)
The CPPE is actively involved in research to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.  Our portfolio includes a prospective data registry to evaluate a variety of treatment options for reducing pelvic pain and improving quality of life.  Our laboratory research focuses on gene sequencing in endometriosis and the understanding the role of nervous tissue in chronic pelvic pain.

Oak Tree Clinic
HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus) has become a chronic, manageable disease with patients now experiencing greatly improved quality of life and life expectancy very near that of their HIV-negative peers. The Oak Tree Clinic provides a multidisciplinary team approach to meeting the health and wellness needs of women and their families living with or affected by HIV. The Oak Tree Clinic has a vibrant and comprehensive program of research focusing on adult, obstetric and pediatric research, and works in partnership with local, national and international collaborators to advance the research agenda for HIV-positive women and their families.