Brain dysfunction affects one in three Canadians and costs more than $30 billion annually, placing enormous strain on individuals, families, and the economy. At the same time, an estimated 747,000 Canadians are currently living with cognitive impairment, and one in five Canadians will develop mental illness during their lifetime.
To address the growing burden of brain diseases on our communities, UBC created the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. At the heart of the new facility is a suite of specialized imaging equipment that will provide investigators with access to modern brain imaging technology fully dedicated to research. To continue innovative, life-enhancing research, the imaging suite in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is in great need of a modern 3T MRI scanner to replace an existing obsolete machine. Your donation today will advance brain research and help to strengthen the health of our communities.
UBC’s existing 3T MRI platform has reached the end of its lifespan. More than 75 researchers currently rely on this machine have projects that are at risk due to its impending breakdown. A modern 3T MRI scanner will provide higher contrast and higher resolution images at four times the speed of the old machine. The new model also enables safe modulation of the brain immediately prior to and during imaging, providing an additional dimension by which to capture brain structure and function. In this way, the your contribution to a modern scanner will enable UBC investigators to pursue new research directions. With such a grave disparity between the growing burden of brain illnesses and the potential solutions to prevent or treat them, researchers must keep abreast of technology advancements to get in front of the problem.
Research conducted with the 3T MRI scanner will benefit Canadians by enabling investigators to evaluate new therapies for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and new technologies for promoting brain plasticity after stroke or brain injury. The scanner will also improve brain injury detection and reduce the costs for drug development. Researchers depend on the 3T MRI scanner to advance our knowledge of numerous brain diseases, leading to improvements in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Technology is revolutionizing brain science, making it possible to explore the inner workings of the brain like never before. Now more than ever, researchers need your philanthropic support to make invaluable discoveries that will expand our understanding of brain disorders and improve the health of our community.
A grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, plus a potential matching commitment from BC Knowledge Development Fund, will fund a large portion of this purchase. We need your help to raise the remaining funds necessary for UBC to seize this rare opportunity to provide our world-class scientists with the next-generation technology they require to make life-enhancing discoveries in brain health.