Health researchers in BC are working hard every day to build a stronger, healthier future for all Canadians. But we need your participation.
People are living longer and healthier lives thanks to discoveries made by health research in disease prevention and treatment.
Volunteering in health research can lead to life-changing discoveries that benefit everyone. From breakthroughs like insulin for diabetics, vaccines for infectious diseases, to transplant surgery - all made possible by volunteers like you. Join us to make a difference in healthcare, inform policy, and develop new treatments and cures for a healthier future.
REACH BC is a place qualified researchers employed by BC Health Authorities, Universities, and Research Institutes can share their health research studies to recruit participants from across BC.
Looking for study participants or patient partners? Share your health research opportunity on REACH BC and get matched to volunteers across BC!
"It's fun! You're interacting with the people who are really dedicated to what they're looking for. They're really receptive to you and they'll answer the questions you have."
"My wife went through breast cancer ... but the reason she is in remission is because of previous generations doing what I'm doing, contributing to medical research".
"It doesn't take a lot of effort on your part. It's easy to do and you have that warm fuzzy feeling that you're helping other people."
Complete an online study
Participate in a clinical trial for a drug
Test a medical device
Donate blood or tissue for research
Join a research team to help think of new questions and inform research opportunities
Join a research advisory committee and share a patient's point of view
Researchers are looking for all kinds of people to participate in their research studies. People with or without medical conditions can volunteer to participate in research in many different ways.
As a volunteer, you can participate as either a patient or a control (a person without the health condition being studied). As a Patient Partner, you will work with researchers to contribute a patient or caregiver perspective to areas such as study design and prioritization of research activities. Use your voice to inform future health research studies and their processes.
Participate in health research studies by creating your REACH BC volunteer profile, with a personalized dashboard showing all your study matches.
Start by answering some questions about who you are, your health research interests, any conditions you may have, and how we can contact you. It's free to sign up and anyone 16+ in BC can join!
Once matched you'll receive a notification about the potential research opportunity. You can respond and let the research team know if you're interested.
Before choosing to participate, you'll be put in touch with the researcher to ask any questions you might have. You can also browse the database to find other studies you might be interested in.
You can volunteer as a patient partner or health research participant, in an online study, a clinical trial, or other health research studies.
Find a health area that interests you. Search by a medical condition or a health topic.
REACH BC is a non-profit initiative of Michael Smith Health Research BC, British Columbia's health research agency. Our platform matches volunteers with health research studies and the researcher involved, across the province of BC, based on their chosen health categories.
Sign up as a volunteer today and REACH BC will notify you when you're matched with exciting research opportunities.
REACH BC will not release any of your personal information to third parties, participating organizations, and/or other institutions. Your information will only be available to the researcher(s) after you indicate interest in being contacted about a particular study.
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