New centre for brain health

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 56, No. 4, May 2014, Page 176 News

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is Canada’s largest integrated brain centre, uniting research and patient care to change the way brain disorders are treated and studied. Clinics, research, and education facilities are located under one roof, providing expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology in a space that was designed with patients in mind—short walking distances, simplified way-finding, and numerous places where patients can rest or pause.

Located in front of UBC Hospital, the 13 709-square-metre centre is a partnership between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health that is designed to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into better treatment and prevention strategies. The centre houses clinics for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, depression, and other brain disorders. Innovative programs that integrate research and patient care, led by Canada’s top researchers, will offer British Columbians improved access to treatments and clinical trials.

The centre will also house research labs in concussion, stroke, addiction and healthy aging, and serve as a venue for educating and training hundreds of medical students and graduate students.

Additionally, the centre will in-clude a brain tissue and DNA bank—a state-of-the-art repository that preserves donated patient material, which could be used to identify genetic risk factors for diseases.

To learn more about the centre, visit

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