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University of Victoria | Health & Biosciences

Key facilities

Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is a national leader in substance use and addictions research in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm.

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) supports an innovative network of researchers and community members addressing the health disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) is a multidisciplinary research centre that contributes to local, national and international research on healthy aging.

Can Assist provides innovative technologies and services to people who experience cognitive or physical barriers to increase independence, inclusion and well-being.

Major collaborations

Building Community Capacity for Effective Drug Education, Health Canada. Substance Use and Addiction Program, $1.45M. The objective of this multi-year project was to develop a system by which a common understanding consistent with current provincial health and education policy and the skills necessary for effective implementation of drug education can be nurtured and sustained through structures and mechanisms within school districts, health authorities and communities.

Visioning Health II, CIHR, $1.1M. The study builds on Visioning Health results which included the importance and emergence of: 1) Resilience, 2) Self-Determination and 3) Social Support in the HIV positive Aboriginal women participants.


  • Tim Stockwell (Director, CISUR) – prevention of alcohol and other drug related harm; alcohol and drug policy; measurement of alcohol consumption and related harms; public health and safety impacts of substance use; alcohol harm reduction
  • Karen Urbanoski (CRC) – development and course of substance use problems and addiction; roles of health and social service systems in recovery; performance measures for addiction treatment; promotion of equitable access to addiction services.
  • Ryan Rhodes (Director, Behavioural Medicine Lab; Associate Director, IAHL) – exercise adherence; intervention strategies to promote physical activity; social cognitive theories of exercise behaviour change; personality and exercise behaviour; exercise and quality of life outcome research; exercise among special populations.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

iMinds Drug Education develops classroom learning resources to promote effective drug education. Focus is on maximizing drug literacy to encourage students to both express and think critically about current drug-related beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

The Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning (CICSL) is a technologically-advanced simulation centre designed for interprofessional learning and patient-centred care. Developed in partnership by Island Health, the UVIC/UBC Faculty of Medicine, CICSL offers clinical simulation learning sessions customized by local educators and practice professionals to address realities that reflect health care in the Island Health region.


  • Stemcell
  • Starfish Medical
  • Zymeworks
  • Vivitro
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Biomark Technologies
  • Lumerica
  • Aspect Biosystems

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