UBC MRI Research was created from a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant to the MRI Steering Committee. Our facilities consist of a Philips 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner for studies on humans, a Bruker small bore 9.4 Tesla MRI scanner, and a computing facility for image archival and analysis.

Our two scanners are entirely dedicated to research, and MR scanning is carried out on a cost recovery basis. The scanners were selected to cater to a very broad range of in vivo applications and the Imaging Centre staff is trained to support any research projects that the scanners can accommodate. Interested researchers are encouraged to submit MR proposals to the Centre; our staff will be happy to provide advice and help to plan your scanning protocols.

Our Mission

To pursue and facilitate exemplary MR research that advances knowledge in science and health

Our Core Values

  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Exemplary science

Our Mandate

The mandate of the Imaging Centre is to make state of the art in vivo MR imaging and spectroscopy available to researchers at the University of British Columbia, the four Vancouver teaching hospitals (UBC Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and St Paul’s Hospital) as well as the broader research community.

Peter Hochachka

Peter Hochachka


The MRI Research Centre is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter Hochachka.

Peter worked tirelessly for five years contributing more than anyone else to make our MRI Research Centre a reality. We will never forget his enthusiasm for the project and we regret that he just missed seeing the fruition of his efforts.