Located on the campus of the Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia (C&W), the Translational Research Building was officially opened in November 2008. The building reflects the commitment of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to integrate research and practice.
The third floor of the building houses the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute (BCMHARI), a world class facility comprising 18,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. The space embodies translational research, and brings together teams of scientists studying basic science, clinical, and population health research. Investigators are examining genes, molecules and cells to discover the mechanisms of disease, as well as conducting brain imaging studies to explore the structural and functional abnormalities that underlie symptoms. Population-based research is conducted to analyze health and disease patterns in different communities in order to identify population risk factors and trends.
The collaborations represented by this building benefit the health of British Columbians as well as people around the world, as new knowledge is discovered and applied to improve health care globally. PHSA’s agencies, research and academic partners, donors, funders and government have all collaborated to achieve this vision.