Who we are

BC RESURECT is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of resuscitation science and has contributed to national and international resuscitation guidelines. We are focused on transformative research strategies beyond traditional emergency response models with the goal of improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in Canada.


  • 2021


    The BC Resuscitation Research unit formally becomes the BC Resuscitation Research Collaborative (RESURECT) and continues to work on strengthening BC’s contributions to resuscitation science and improving survival from SCA, locally, nationally and internationally. 

  • 2020

    UBC Grant for Catalyzing Research Clusters

    The Research Unit was successful in attaining a UBC Grant for Catalyzing Research Clusters. This facilitated the creation of the national CanSAVE research group to spearhead innovative research collaborations to transform the response to SCA and improve survival through world class resuscitation research.

  • 2019

    Provincial Expansion of BC Cardiac Arrest Registry

    In January 2019 the registry started including case data on every cardiac arrest in BC responded to by the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS).

  • 2016

    Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium

    The Research Unit joined three other Canadian sites to develop the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) a national Canadian cardiac arrest registry. That same year, the research unit expanded its research to include a prehospital study of a neuroprotectant for sudden severe stroke.

  • 2015

    BC Cardiac Arrest Registry

    The Unit formalised the local BC Cardiac Arrest Registry to capture data for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests responded to by BCEHS and Fire Department first responders in BC’s metropolitan regions.

  • 2005

    Partnership with BC Emergency Health Services in ROC

    BC resuscitation researchers partnered with BCEHS to lead one of ten North American centres under the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) that focused on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and trauma. Through this collaboration, the BC Resuscitation Research Unit was created, which identified and studied consecutive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases in urban BC. Over the next decade the Research Unit and affiliated researchers performed numerous interventional clinical trials, observational analyses, and quality improvement initiatives. During this time  survival to hospital discharge rates from rose from 6.6% to 15% in BCs urban communities.