Sandra Black, MD, FRCP(C) is an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist who holds the inaugural Brill Chair in Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. A leading clinical trialist in dementia, she is the current Executive Director of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, a multi institutional collaborative network of memory programs at the University of Toronto involving Baycrest, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook HSC and Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. She is also the Sunnybrook Site Director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program Director at Sunnybrook Research Institute. In 2011 she was named to the Order of Ontario, cited as an assiduous physician leader and influential architect of the Ontario Stroke System. She has authored/co-authored over 450 papers in a 25-year research career that has bridged dementia and stroke, using neuroimaging to study brain behavior relationships, with a recent focus on interactions of Alzheimer’s and silent stroke disease. She has earned numerous mentorship and research awards, and elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2012. In 2015 she received the U of T Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed an Officer to the Order of Canada for her contributions to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and vascular dementia.
Dr. Black's research foci include the following:
  • Mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular cognitive impairment and cerebral small vessel disease
  • Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body spectrum disorder and frontotemporal dementia (behavioural variant, primary progressive aphasia)
  • Apraxia and aphasia
  • Stroke recovery
  • Clinical trials in dementia and its prevention
  • Neuroimaging biomarkers and brain-behaviour relationships
Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2019 Dec;11:191-204
Smith EE, Biessels GJ, De Guio F, de Leeuw FE, Duchesne S, Düring M, Frayne R, Ikram MA, Jouvent E, MacIntosh BJ, Thrippleton MJ, Vernooij MW, Adams H, Backes WH, Ballerini L, Black SE, Chen C, Corriveau R, DeCarli C, Greenberg SM, Gurol ME, Ingrisch M...
Brain. 2019 Mar 07;:
Mutsaerts HJMM, Mirza SS, Petr J, Thomas DL, Cash DM, Bocchetta M, de Vita E, Metcalfe AWS, Shirzadi Z, Robertson AD, Tartaglia MC, Mitchell SB, Black SE, Freedman M, Tang-Wai D, Keren R, Rogaeva E, van Swieten J, Laforce R, Tagliavini F, Borroni B,...
J Nucl Med. 2019 Feb 07;:
Uribe CF, Mathotaarachchi S, Gaudet VC, Smith KC, Rosa-Neto P, Benard F, Black SE, Zukotynski K
NMR Biomed. 2019 Jan 29;:e4064
Atwi S, Shao H, Crane DE, da Costa L, Aviv RI, Mikulis DJ, Black SE, MacIntosh BJ
Alzheimers Dement. 2019 Jan;15(1):158-167
Sweeney MD, Montagne A, Sagare AP, Nation DA, Schneider LS, Chui HC, Harrington MG, Pa J, Law M, Wang DJJ, Jacobs RE, Doubal FN, Ramirez J, Black SE, Nedergaard M, Benveniste H, Dichgans M, Iadecola C, Love S, Bath PM, Markus HS, Salman RA, Allan SM,...
J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 Feb;49(2):456-465
Duchesne S, Chouinard I, Potvin O, Fonov VS, Khademi A, Bartha R, Bellec P, Collins DL, Descoteaux M, Hoge R, McCreary CR, Ramirez J, Scott CJM, Smith EE, Strother SC, Black SE, CIMA-Q group and the CCNA group
Alzheimers Res Ther. 2019 Jan 05;11(1):1
Rehm J, Hasan OSM, Black SE, Shield KD, Schwarzinger M
Alzheimers Res Ther. 2018 Dec 07;10(1):120
Freedman M, Leach L, Carmela Tartaglia M, Stokes KA, Goldberg Y, Spring R, Nourhaghighi N, Gee T, Strother SC, Alhaj MO, Borrie M, Darvesh S, Fernandez A, Fischer CE, Fogarty J, Greenberg BD, Gyenes M, Herrmann N, Keren R, Kirstein J, Kumar S, Lam B,...
Transl Stroke Res. 2018 Nov 15;:
Yu D, Hennebelle M, Sahlas DJ, Ramirez J, Gao F, Masellis M, Cogo-Moreira H, Swartz RH, Herrmann N, Chan PC, Pettersen JA, Stuss DT, Black SE, Taha AY, Swardfager W
J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2018 Nov 05;:
Auriat AM, Ferris JK, Peters S, Ramirez J, Black SE, Jacova C, Boyd LA

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Brill Chair in Neurology, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre