Brain Breakthroughs
It's About Time

Your brain is what makes you, you. It defines how you think, how you feel and how you function. When something goes wrong with your brain, it shatters your sense of being, and ripples out to family and friends.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You have helped accelerate our pace of discovery and dramatically change lives with the support of our Brain Breakthroughs campaign.

Thanks to your support, we have exceeded our goal and raised over $42 million. Learn more

1 in 3 Canadians will be affected by a brain disease, disorder or injury. They need your help.

When a stroke strikes

When David’s knees buckled and he was suddenly unable to speak, his wife recognized the signs immediately – he was having a stroke. He needed care only the VGH Stroke Program could provide.

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Time for personalized brain monitoring

Ryan’s heart stopped for 35 minutes. Permanent brain damage seemed inevitable. But an innovative new use for a Brain Bolt gave him his life back.

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Time for Accurate Diagnosis

Emily was losing herself to paranoia, anxiety and increasing mood swings. Then the seizures started. She had an incredibly rare autoimmune disorder, and VGH was the only place equipped to help.

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Losing Linda to Alzheimer’s disease

Linda was only 56 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As she lost herself her husband, Paul, was left to pick up the pieces.

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“Neurological diseases or injuries are incredibly personal. They can strip you of your intellect, your independence, your speech, your dignity, and often your life.”

Dr. Philip Teal

Feature Initiatives


A new 3T MRI machine is coming to VGH. With double the resolution of the current 1.5T MRI, this new machine will lead to reduced wait times and more accurate diagnosis.


Vancouver Coastal Health is recruiting the next generation of brain experts to meet the rising demand for care. These clinician-researchers will provide the best possible care for patients today and work towards the treatments of tomorrow.

BC Brain Wellness Program

The BC Brain Wellness Program launched in 2019 and has established a provincial network of wellness programs to support people living with chronic brain disorders, their care partners, and healthy agers.

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We’ve assembled expert teams who’ve made it their mission to solve some of the most difficult challenges in brain health. Now, we need your help.

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