BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation
The BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation raises funds for schizophrenia research and the programs and services offered by BC Schizophrenia Society.
BCSSF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support, public policy and research. The Society and its Foundation both vigorously promote schizophrenia research, and encourage funders in their support for young scientists who want to study schizophrenia here in British Columbia.This is an important and much-needed contribution to the field.Together, BCSSF and donors have raised more than $2.2 million dollars for research projects to date - the value of which is doubled through matching grants from other sources to individual researchers.
Most recently, BCSSF has partnered with the Diana Hsu Memorial Endowment Fund (DHMEF) to co-fund a 2016 MSFHR Trainee award. Diana Hsu suffered from schizophrenia, and became aware of the lack of effective treatment for schizophrenia and the lack of research funds available for the illness. She learned that because of the associated stigma, schizophrenia research was drastically under-funded compared to other major illnesses. It was her belief that better understanding, increased awareness, and more effective treatment could only come through scientific research. Upon Diana’s death an endowment was established to fund research related to schizophrenia, and her family remains active in supporting and engaging with the schizophrenia research community.