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By 2020, brain diseases and disorders will overtake heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death and disability in Canada. Diseases of the brain affect one in seven Canadians, from early childhood through to old age. Five forms of mental illness, including depression, tobacco addiction, and alcohol addiction, are among the top 10 leading causes of disability. The long list of neurological disorders, which includes head and spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke, affects as many as a billion people worldwide.

Although knowledge about the brain and nervous system has expanded exponentially in recent years, the key challenge facing doctors and scientists today is to translate scientific insight into real, tangible gains for patients and for society.

UBC is known as a leader in the areas of brain health, thanks in large part to the establishment of the Brain Research Centre in 2000 — an independent research facility that maximizes the potential for discoveries and development of new therapies. The Centre employs a strongly multidisciplinary approach, combined with a scientific philosophy of cooperation and collaboration among the researchers, physicians, and technicians who are exploring common origins and overlapping features of neurological and psychiatric disorders. With a similar approach and philosophy, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries) in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre focuses specifically on the development of innovative therapies to promote functional recovery and improved quality of life after spinal cord injury.

 

Rendering of Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (to be completed in Fall/Winter 2013).

 

UBC is now poised to build on the Brain Research Centre by creating the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, which will unite research and patient care in the areas of neuroscience, mental health, and addiction medicine. This “whole brain” approach encompasses both a new, customized facility, to be completed in 2013, and a new philosophy. Traditionally, neuroscience and psychiatric disorders have been treated separately, with clinicians and researchers often having little interaction. By bringing the disciplines together and integrating patient care with research, we are creating new opportunities to collaborate and share in research and discovery, and are in a unique position to quickly translate new discoveries into the best possible patient treatment.

The establishment of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health has been made possible thanks to two extremely generous gifts from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation and David Townsend.

   

Project Contacts:

Fatima Hassam

Associate Director of Development

Ph: 604.822.8079

fatima.hassam@ubc.ca

 

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