Our History

Since 2012 the Centre has established itself as a robust training and research centre on UBC's Okanagan campus.

The early vision for the CHLVH was conceived in circa 2010 by Dr. Ainslie and Eves and, following institution approval and establishment of the advisory committee, was officially launched in 2012. The official opening of the Centre (Nov 2012) was showcased by the invited distinguished speaker Prof. Jerry Dempsey.

The development of the CHLVH was made in order to help establish the then emerging expertise in cardiorespiratory physiology at the Okanagan Campus. In doing so, and via formal linkages with the UBC Centre for Health Lung Innovation, it formed the much-needed nexus for student training and development, and the established of a unique collaborative centre of research and education.

The latter aspects are reflected in the biennial Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium and summer schools in Cardiovascular ultrasound in Health and Exercise Sciences.

History of our logo

The CHLVH icon is comprised of three constituent parts whose graphic forms are primarily used to represent the lungs, heart and brain, which are three interdependent systems, and the Centre’s three chief areas of study.

The linear quality of the mark, and the use of red and blue, also appropriate the common diagrammatic language used when representing the arterial and venous circulations.

Although clearly separate, the three parts are integral to the whole unit. The red and blue sections feed into the central loop, which can be read as a point of transference and dissemination.

This is analogous on a number of levels:

  • Firstly for the functions of the lungs, heart and brain;
  • Secondly, for the purpose of the centre as a place where ideas and research from multiple research disciplines are brought together and shared;
  • Thirdly, for the creation of links between the three partners of industry, community and university.