Dr. Max Cynader, CM, OBC, PhD, FRSC
Director, Brain Research Centre
Director, Brain Research Centre, and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health
Dr. Max Cynader holds the Canada Research Chair in Brain Development at UBC and is Professor of Ophthalmology. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1947, Dr. Cynader obtained his B.Sc. at McGill University in 1967, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. On arriving at UBC in 1988, Dr. Cynader headed the Ophthalmology Research Group at UBC until 1998, at which time he was appointed Founding Director of the Brain Research Centre.
He is one of the scientific founders of NeuroVir, a Vancouver-based biotechnology company which has developed gene therapy products to treat brain diseases. He was also the co-founder of Wavemakers Research, a software company which developed new and proprietary noise reducing technology. This technology is now in widespread use in over 20% of the world car market.
He was a semi-finalist in the Canadian Astronaut Programme and has served as President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.
As a Centre Director, Dr. Cynader has tried to communicate the importance of Brain Research to the lay public. He has served as a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Literacy BC, and currently sits on the Board of the Brain Canada Foundation.