Simon Fraser University


Djavad Mowafaghian surprised everyone by announcing an additional gift to SFU to fund the construction and outfitting of a Level 3 containment laboratory for infectious disease research.

Fighting Disease

In the Level-3 containment lab, scientists work with live viruses and, in collaboration with policy experts and health care professionals, translate their findings into informed, global public-health recommendations that can minimize the spread of disease in children.

In Recognition

SFU named two public spaces in the new Health Sciences Building in recognition: The Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium, which is one of the main entrances to the university, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Lecture Theatre.

Making a Difference

Djavad Mowafaghian’s generosity will allow our researchers to contribute to improving the health and development of children worldwide … he has demonstrated confidence in our research team and a strong belief that their research and teaching can make a tremendous difference.
~ Michael Stevenson, former SFU President

Philosophy of Life

The best and most worthwhile investment a person can make is the investment in others.
~ Djavad Mowafaghian

Basic Human Rights

Children…are the foundation of our society and need to be healthy to learn. Health and education are basic human rights, essential for a happy and productive life.
~ Djavad Mowafagian