Centenary Medal – Lillian Hung

Dr. Lillian Hung is a clinician scientist at the Vancouver Coastal Health and a clinical assistant professor at UBC School of Nursing. She actively practices as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at the Vancouver General Hospital for the older adult program and conducts research projects in dementia care. She mentors and supports nurses and clinicians to conduct clinical research.  In her own research program, she examines how technology and environment impact the care experiences of persons with dementia. The overall purpose of her work is to innovate and improve patient care. Her research is practice-based and patient-oriented. She is committed to facilitating connectivity between academia and practice and finding practical solutions to address pressing problems in care settings. Her recent projects include the iPad study, social robot, gamification in dementia education, silent disco headphones, etc.

Lillian uses participatory approaches to co-research with patients, families, staff, and leaders. Her work challenges the divide between knowledge production and application. She strives to demonstrate the benefits of co‐creation approaches and the benefits of engaging stakeholders in developing, implementing, improving, and sustaining the use of research knowledge to improve patients’ outcomes. Her current research is supported by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Hospital Foundations. In 2017, she received the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research by the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. In the past, she also has received prestigious research funding from CIHR, MSFHR, etc.