Vision and Mission

Global excellence in the advancement of brain health across the lifespan.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) is committed to investing in its researchers and trainees to promote brain health through innovative research, education and patient care in British Columbia and across Canada.

Researchers and trainees work in one of labs at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health


In support of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health’s vision and mission, the following six core values will guide the Centre’s activities, interactions and decisions to ensure its success.


The Centre values high quality, impactful research from our members and a strong educational environment for our trainees. We will pursue innovative ways to push the bar higher through supportive programs and partnerships for our members with the ultimate goal of advancing brain health across the lifespan.


This value is at the heart of what it means to work and learn at the Centre. We are unique in the sense that our community is comprised of both foundational and clinical research teams which continue to result in productive partnerships. Externally, we are committed to working with community partners as well as other research institutions on a local, national and international scale.


The Centre places a strong emphasis on innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in research and education to push the boundaries of discovery and translational research.

Transparency and Accountability

At the Centre, we recognize that our research is made possible through public funds and generous support from donors. As such, we are committed to openness and transparency, and we take our responsibility and accountability to the community seriously. We are also committed to being transparent with members with respect to our decision-making process as it relates to research programs.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

One of the Centre’s top priorities is to promote a respectful environment built around inclusivity and equity, ensuring that every person is heard, valued and accepted.


The Centre’s faculty, staff and trainees are devoted to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct when it comes to conducting research and patient care. We are fully committed to representing UBC in a respectful and honourable way and returning value to the community’s generous contributions.

About the Centre

Building on the reputation of the Brain Research Centre that came before it, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is the culmination of a vision and partnership to advance research and patient care.

The Centre is comprised of a community of more than 100 investigators with multidisciplinary expertise who span many faculties, departments, and locations, both across UBC and at other academic institutions. Headquartered in a state-of-the-art facility located on UBC’s Point Grey campus, the Centre bridges basic science and clinical care and provides opportunities for education, collaboration and interaction with patients from across BC. The Centre represents a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and was made possible with a generous donation from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation along with contributions from other philanthropists and leaders, as well as those of the federal and provincial governments.

We acknowledge that the Centre is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam.

The exterior of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health located at UBC's Vancouver campus

Meet the team

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is comprised of a group of dedicated individuals who work together to advance brain health.