By 2020, brain disorders will overtake heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death and disability in Canada. Diseases of the brain affect one in five Canadians, from early childhood to old age. Five forms of mental illness, including depression and tobacco 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.
At the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, leading brain researchers across the fields of neuroscience, mental health, and addiction medicine are united under one roof to foster a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to solving some of our greatest medical challenges. This “whole brain” approach encompasses both a new, customized facility and a new philosophy. By bringing the disciplines together and integrating patient care with research, we are creating new opportunities to share in research and discovery. We are also in a unique position to quickly translate new discoveries into the best possible treatments for patients.
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.
There is an urgent need for support of our leading-edge scientists as they continue to progress toward life-enhancing discoveries. Researchers are making great strides in understanding our brains and they need your help to translate this new knowledge into better therapies for people living with brain disorders and spinal cord injury. Your gift could improve treatments for dementia, alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s, or enable state-of-the-art imaging technology to bring brain research to new heights. All of these areas will ultimately save lives.
To support brain health initiatives at UBC, please contact us to explore opportunities.