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B.C. Home to New Centre for Brain Health

MEDIA RELEASE | OCTOBER 11, 2011

VANCOUVER - B.C. will be home to a centre that will lead the way in North America by uniting brain health and patient care, announced the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Health Minister Michael de Jong, who attended today's groundbreaking at UBC Hospital.

Uniting psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will revolutionize brain health by bringing research together with care. All the areas of brain health will be under one roof, housing hundreds of scientists and health-care professionals who will treat and pioneer new treatments and cures for patients affected by brain diseases and injury.

Brain diseases result in a significant drain on workforce resources and challenge our health-care system. This new centre will promote effective and efficient use of health-care resources by getting British Columbians access to early intervention and the best possible treatment to promote rapid recovery. Patients will receive better care as the centre is designed with their special needs in mind. It offers immediate access to clinical trials.

It's also a teaching centre that will be used by hundreds of University of British Columbia faculty of medicine students who will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the ability to learn from leaders in the field of brain health.

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