Dr. Chan Gunn, a pioneering Vancouver physician in the field
of pain relief, has donated $5 million to the University of British Columbia
(UBC) for a new sport and exercise medicine center.
The 13,480-square-foot building will be the new home for
UBC's sport and exercise medicine centre - one of the first academic sports
medicine units in the world, and the first in Canada. The building will be
named after Chan Gunn.
Dr. Gunn and his wife Peggy made the gift in recognition of
UBC's efforts to investigate, apply and teach intramuscular stimulation (IMS).
IMS is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical technique developed by Dr. Gunn for
alleviating pain resulting from nerve damage.
A blend of acupuncture and western medicine, it involves
inserting a needle deep into muscle, causing it to relax and relieve pressure
on pain-causing nerves. "Having a connection to UBC is very important for
teaching and research into IMS. IMS will have a permanent home to grow," said
UBC will commit $2.25 million for the first phase of the
building, which will house space for community care and research activity,