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.
AdvertisementDr. 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 Dr. Gunn.
UBC will commit $2.25 million for the first phase of the building, which will house space for community care and research activity, including IMS.