The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative
An incubator for innovation. Making a difference locally for those living with cognitive health issues.
Established in 2017, this innovative five-year project integrates leading-edge research and care for patients living with cognitive health issues on Vancouver Island. A family who has been impacted by cognitive health issues inspired Island Health, the University of Victoria (UVic), and the University of British Columbia (UBC) to partner and develop the Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative. The Mannings have made a generous pledge of $2.5 million to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to fund the program.
Researchers and clinicians with working space at both the University of Victoria and Island Health are designing and running a collection of cognitive health disorder studies. Medical professionals who deliver dementia care have the opportunity for training and involvement in conducting the research. This allows the research to be conducted during care delivery, and expand clinicians’ research abilities.
Some highlights to date include:
Dr. Alex Henri-Bhargava, Medical Director, Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative