The Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinical and Research Program at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is Canada’s only NMO program that is focused on clinical service with a research component. It was established in 2009 through the generous support of Rick and Susan Diamond.
The NMO Clinic and Research Program, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Traboulsee, is focused on finding the cause and improving the treatment of NMO. It strives to raise ongoing awareness and to educate and disseminating information about NMO to patients, the public, and healthcare professionals.
The NMO Clinic and Research program operates alongside the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic at the UBC Hospital.
Collaborations with the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation and with national and international researchers have been established to study and promote the understanding of this often devastating disease.
The goals of the NMO Clinic and Research Program are:
- Improve the accuracy of diagnosis
- Start preventative treatment as early as possible and treat severe relapses rapidly
- Research NMO to improve our understanding and develop new preventative treatments
- Educate patients, families and healthcare professionals about NMO
- Advocate with government, hospitals and the MS Society for NMO resources
- Establish national guidelines for NMO treatment