Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, the largest integrated brain centre in Canada, brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry to explore the complexities of the human brain.

A partnership of Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health builds upon the successes and expertise of the Brain Research Centre by expanding complimentary programs of research and combining them with advanced patient care. This integrated approach will mark the beginning of a new era of scientific discovery and will accelerate transforming new knowledge into practical solutions that save and lengthen lives and improve quality of life, helping to establish British Columbia as a world leader in brain health.


Dr. Brian MacVicar and Dr. Jon Stoessl, Co-Directors of the Centre


  • The largest integrated brain centre in Canada
  • The building is named after Vancouver philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian in honour of his $15-million donation to UBC. The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is also supported by the B.C. government ($25M), Industry Canada ($10M), Canada Foundation for Innovation and matching funds from the BC Knowledge Development Fund ($6.48M), as well as by $13.5M in donations from Charles Fipke, the Townsend family, the Borgland family, and Rudy North
  • Researchers focus on brain health spaning from the learning brain to the aging brain
  • Key discoveries include uncovering the genetic abnormality believed to be the most common cause of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Another important discovery includes finding a link between prion disease and ALS, which may revolutionize approaches to ALS treatment


Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2B5
Phone: 604.822.7246

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