Cognitive Health Initiative

The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative is an innovative five-year clinical research program to integrate leading-edge research and care for patients living with cognitive health issues on Vancouver Island.

A Victoria family affected by cognitive health issues inspired and supported the initiative. The Mannings made a generous pledge of $2.5 million to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, inspiring Island Health, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia to partner in developing this visionary project.

The Cognitive Health Initiative seeks to:

  • develop state-of-the-art digital tools for early diagnosis;
  • integrate research evidence into patient care; and
  • follow dementia patients throughout Vancouver Island in a single real-time Dementia Guidance System database that will track and cluster symptoms, treatment plans, and outcomes.

Over time, these tools will be available for use by family physicians to assist with early diagnosis and care across Vancouver Island.

The initiative also aims to expand clinical trial opportunities for patients with dementia, including studies of new drugs that would not be otherwise available to patients in the region.

Get Involved in Cognitive Health Research

Are you interested in learning about research study opportunities related to memory and cognitive health?

With your permission, the CHI will contact you when there are studies related to cognition for which you may be eligible. Signing up to be notified does not mean that you are consenting to participate in a study.

To learn more or to sign up, contact the Clinical Research Registered Nurse at the Seniors Outpatient Clinic by phone at 250-519-7700 ext. 13310, or by email.

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Medical Director

Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava

Scientific Co-Directors

Scott Hofer, PhD
Director, Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria 

Paul Brewster, PhD, RPsych
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria

Clinical Integration Committee Co-Leads

Deborah Cracknell
Director, Community Health Services, Sooke, Esquimalt, Westshore, Island Health

Dr. Marilyn Malone
Medical Director, Seniors Strategy, Island Health 

Executive Steering Committee

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk
Vice President Research, University of Victoria

Avery Brohman
Executive Director, Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Dr. Christine Hall
Executive Medical Director, Medical and Academic Affairs, Island Health

Marko Peljhan
Executive Director, Geography 4, Clinical Delivery, Island Health

Dr. Bruce Wright (Chair)
Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Head, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria

Consultants to the Executive Steering Committee

Kristine Votova, PhD
Director, Medical and Academic Affairs, Island Health

Alec McKay
Associate Director, Development & Fundraising Operations, Victoria Hospitals Foundation