Your donations support vital research and help jumpstart new initiatives across Vancouver Coastal Health. Here are some highlights of projects currently underway that are made possible by donor support.
Vancouver is the epicentre of an overdose crisis that claimed 1500 lives in 2020 alone and continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in BC. Opioid agonist therapy (alternative ingestives to reduce cravings) has been proven to reduce mortality, but few patients stay on the medication. With the support of donor funding, researchers aim to answer why this is, with the goal of discovering new and improved ways to increase retention and positive outcomes.
Patients who have suffered nerve or spinal cord injury sometimes face the devastating reality of losing arm function. But new research offers hope. With a new surgical technique called “nerve transfer”, surgeons could reanimate a paralyzed arm. This donor-funded research is seeking to better understand what happens to the nervous system after an injury, and to improve diagnosis and treatment of these injuries.
Dr. Jacqueline Quandt, a neuropathologist at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, published a paper showing how lowering levels of the ARNT2 gene can help promote neuronal cell growth and increase production of myelin. Scientists believe that myelin damage can cause diseases like MS. This donor-funded breakthrough may help discover new therapies to treat or slow down the progression of MS in the future.