The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is a story of innovative ideas, big questions, and persistence. Our researchers and clinicians are leaders in their fields, and from here they are taking on some of society's most urgent health priorities.

Diseases, disorders, and injuries of the brain have a profound influence on our communities; the direct and indirect costs of neurological and mood disorders to the Canadian economy total more than $61 billion per year and place enormous strain on affected individuals and their families. Understanding how a healthy brain works is essential to preventing and treating brain diseases, and both are essential to the health and well-being of British Columbians.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation in a hub for training, research, and clinical care. The philosophy of the facility is to work with all facets of brain health because knowledge gained from treating and investigating one disease of the brain will advance our understanding of others. The facility brings research closer to patients, providing British Columbians with better access to the best possible treatments.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health represents a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The centre was made possible with a generous donation from Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian as well as contributions from other philanthropists and leaders, as well as those of the federal and provincial governments.

Life-changing research happens here




Training tomorrow’s health leaders

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is not only making a difference in the lives of patients and their families now, but will continue to do so for years to come. In partnership with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, the facility provides an unparalleled multi-disciplinary learning and training environment. Our students are able to use the most advanced diagnostics and treatment technologies, interact with world-leading researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and gain valuable hands-on translational research experience. They have unprecedented opportunities to participate in knowledge exchange, professional development, and community engagement activities. Here, we are training the health leaders of tomorrow.