Through the UNBC Health Research Institute (HRI) health researchers can join together for the purpose of furthering health research and innovation. The Institute provides a venue for collaboration, support, and the creation of partnerships among researchers from many disciplines concerned with health and its determinants.

As a member of the HRI we will look to you for your feedback on the HRI’s strategic priorities, action plans, as well as engagement in Institute activities.

Guiding Principles

At a minimum, the responsibilities of HRI members will be to embrace the guiding principles of the UNBC HRI and commit to fulfilling its purpose of creating and translating knowledge in ways that benefit the health of northern British Columbians. Members are expected to discuss the business of the HRI and contribute to its direction at the HRI Annual General Meeting.

The HRI will:
  • Be a safe environment for creating and mobilizing ideas and innovations
  • Facilitate engagement in meaningful research, relevant to the communities we serve
  • Be inclusive with regard to health research approaches, ways of knowing, and developing and exchanging knowledge
  • Be inclusive of researchers from all disciplines who may contribute to research on health and its determinants
  • Respect the unique interests, needs and issues of rural, northern and Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples for health research
  • Recognize the responsibilities that are inherent in engaging in knowledge creation and knowledge exchange as a set of relationships with researchers and a wide range of partners
  • Ensure that partners have the opportunity to engage with researchers in the creation and exchange of knowledge
  • Work from the unique base afforded by our geographical location in Northern British Columbia

Become a Member


  • Facilitating connections
  • Networking 
  • Partnership Development
  • Help with RA recruitment
  • Letters of support and/or collaboration for a new proposed research and training
  • Training in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) 
  • Assistance in on-campus event planning (cost associated)
  • Knowledge translation & exchange opportunities 
  • Knowledge Synthesis Centre 
    • Consultations
    • Reviews (cost associated)
    • Access to Distiller Systematic Review Software (cost associated) 

HRI Connect Banner

It is with extreme excitement that we announce our new membership database, HRI Connect!

This membership database will serve as a way to facilitate networking amongst our members and allow the HRI to better communicate important information.

Key features:
•    Connect with those currently doing research in your areas of interest by easily searching using key words and filters. 
•    Easily keep your profile up to date, including your contact information, biography and research areas.

Membership Tiers (NEW!)

Being a member of the HRI has many benefits, including being on the email distribution list, invitations to HRI events and activities, having access to the membership directory, and an invitation to the Annual Meeting. In addition to these benefits, members can enjoy: 

  • UNBC Member (UNBC Faculty and Research Staff) 
    • Access to leadership opportunities within the HRI
  • Student Member (Undergraduate and graduate students of any academic institution and post-doctoral fellows)
    • Access to leadership opportunities within the HRI (UNBC students only)
    • Opportunities to showcase your work at HRI events
  • Partner Member (Researchers from any institution/organization  interested in Health Research relevant to Northern BC)

Getting Started

Are you already a member of the HRI (are you on the email list)? Enter in your email and select Forgot Password to reset your password and get access to the portal and update your profile! 

If you are not yet a member, select Register Here to sign up! 

  • Add yourself and select your membership level (UNBC staff/faculty, student, partner organization)
  • Enter your research area and interests, provide a short biography, upload your headshot and contact information and submit for review.


We would like to thank HRI Leadership Council member, Dr. Waqar Haque, and his students, for dedicating countless hours and expertise to create this amazing resource:

  • Saurabh Kulkarni
  • Kavyapriya Renganathan
  • Abhishek Arora
  • Febina M Rajeesh
  • Kai Toyata
  • Shrey Shrey
  • Marshall Brown
  • Harshika

Also, to our Co-Chairs, staff, and Leadership Council members who provided their thoughtful input and testing of this portal before launching.