Donate Funds

The campaign for the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is a collaborative effort and priority fundraising initiative for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Erin Bartlett

Director, Development, UBC Faculty of Medicine

   (604) 827-4997

John Andru

Associate Director, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

   (604) 875-5193 or (778) 834-1082

Current Opportunities

Participate in ongoing research studies and clinical trials led by Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health scientists.

UBC BRAIN Lab hopes to better understand impulsivity differences between people with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and healthy individuals. Specifically, this study will look at:

  1. The link between regions of brain activity and impulsivity
  2. A non-invasive intervention called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to help reduce the risk of impulsive behaviors.

This study will be the baseline for further exploration of impulsivity and inhibition as part of decision-making processes in BD individuals.

In over 4 visits (11.5-16 hours in total), you will:

  1. Have your brain activity measured using fMRI and EEG
  2. Answer questions about your background, health, mood, and behaviour
  3. Play decision making computer games
  4. Receive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Participant Eligibility:

  1. You are between 19 and 45 years old
  2. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, in the euthymic state
  3. No other major physical or mental illness
  4. Proficient in English

Location: The research will be conducted at 3 UBC sites: the David Strangway research office, the Centre for Brain Health (MRI Centre – Fipke Neuroimaging Suite), and Detwiller Pavilion of UBC Hospital.

Compensation: You will receive monetary compensation up to $95-100.

To participate: contact the BRAIN Lab via email or phone: 604-827-4287.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian Schütz, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry

Online platforms offer a convenient, cost-effective and enjoyable way to learn about health research. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of educational modules about supporting diverse people and communities to engage in health research in BC, delivered on a novel e-learning platform.

You may participate in this study if you are a health researcher currently living in British Columbia. Trainees from master levels on, and health professional students are also welcome to participate.

If you are willing to donate your child’s baby tooth to research, then you and your child may be eligible to participate in a UBC research study.

We are looking for children aged 5–10 and their parents/guardians who are currently living in British Columbia to mail in their child’s baby teeth to our study team and fill out a demographic questionnaire.

Using baby teeth we can measure substances found in the environment such as metals, to learn about the substances children are coming into contact with. We are hoping to further establish this technique and learn more about environmental exposures occurring in early childhood.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact the study team: 

Call for research participants! Help shape the future of ethical social media use in dementia prevention research.

We are looking for participants who:

  • Have a lived experience of dementia;
  • Are a researcher or expert working in dementia research; or
  • Are simply interested in dementia research and social media

We invite you to take part in a 30-45min virtual interview conducted by Dr. Julie Robillard and her research team at the University of British Columbia.

To participate or inquire, please email Viorica Hrincu at

The purpose of this study is gather qualitative data from clinicians and care providers to assess the feasibility and efficacy of implementing a novel cognitive remediation program for treating treating cognitive deficits related to depression through the usage of immersive virtual reality.

Donate Your Samples

The Centre is home to a biobank, which collects human biospecimens and associated data, and provides a unique opportunity to get involved in research.

Examining a sample in the biobank at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Seti Boroomand

Research and Facility Manager, Brain Tissue and DNA Bank

   (604) 822-0766

FAQ: Getting involved with research at the Centre

Below are some frequently asked questions about donating time, funds and samples to the Centre.

At this time, we do not accept whole-brain donations. Please contact the Biobank about other ways to get involved in research by donating samples.

The UBC Body Program does accept donations, with the majority used for teaching purposes although some are used specifically for medical and research training. The program can be reached at or (604) 822-2578.

No, we appreciate any and all donations. You can donate online by clicking here.
If you are looking to make a larger donation, please connect with Development or VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation. Their contact information can be found under the “Donate Funds” section of this page.

No, not always. Please reach out to the contact person for each study to receive specific information about what is required to participate.