Unravelling the biological enigmas of the brain has become one of the most challenging frontiers of medical science, and we are now beginning to understand and effectively treat diseases that attack or injure the brain. The quest for solutions to these neurological puzzles is being carried out in Vancouver, Canada by a unique combination of hospital and university talent at the Brain Research Centre, in order to translate advances in our knowledge of the brain into new treatments and new hope.
The Brain Research Centre is an independent research facility whose organizational structure maximizes the potential for significant discoveries and development of effective 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. Under the direction of Dr. Brian MacVicar and Dr. Jon Stoessl, clinical and basic scientists work side by side in an atmosphere of intellectual exchange to create an optimal research setting in which the “bench to bedside” principle can be allowed to reach its full potential, and effectively bridge the gap between basic sciences and their clinical applications.
The Brain Research Centre includes more than 200 investigators with broad expertise in neuroscience research ranging from the test tube, to the bedside and to industrial spin-offs. A partnership of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the Centre operates as a hub-and-spoke facility, with teams of neuroscientists located at the UBC campus and other locations in Vancouver and beyond. As a result of an extensive renovation construction project, the Centre’s core footprint includes over 50,000 square feet of research space. Core facilities are shared in a cost effective manner by over twenty laboratories at the UBC Hospital site and by investigators from a variety of locations in the Vancouver area.