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.

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