Message from the Co-Directors

Our civilization is in a period of remarkable growth in understanding the brain. Advances in neuroscience will impact society in ways that we are only now beginning to see. Discoveries in genetics, imaging, proteomics, and epidemiology are coming together to provide a profound understanding of brain function, structure, and connectivity. These discoveries, many from neuroscientists based at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, offer unprecedented insights into how brain disruption is caused in neurological and psychiatric diseases and provide hope for innovative therapies in the future. Fueled by these advances and the tremendous societal need for new treatments, the field of brain research is attracting interest from both scientists and the public alike.
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health integrates patient care with research in psychiatry, neurology and rehabilitation, all under one roof, and will incorporate rehabilitation and a healthy aging program. The building has been designed to facilitate the “water cooler effect” on a large scale. By bringing together experts from different disciplines and having them work in close proximity with one another, we facilitate opportunities for knowledge exchange, professional development, and developing new collaborative approaches to brain research. In this new collaborative space, we will be better poised to move research from the bedside to the bench and back again, in order to understand disease and translate research into better patient care and therapies. It also offers an extraordinary milieu for trainees from a broad range of disciplines to come together and focus on fundamental, clinical and translational neuroscience.
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health builds on the success of researchers, clinicians, and students at the Brain Research Centre who have made many remarkable advances over the years. By enhancing existing strengths in basic, clinical, and translational research and education, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will establish itself as a world leading institution for brain health research and treatment, right here in British Columbia.

Brian A. MacVicar, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Co-director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
A. Jon Stoessl, CM, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS
Co-director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health