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
Ann Neurol. 2018 Sep 26;:
Bergeron D, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rabinovici GD, Santos-Santos MA, Seeley W, Miller BL, Pijnenburg Y, Keulen MA, Groot C, van Berckel BNM, van der Flier WM, Scheltens P, Rohrer JD, Warren JD, Schott JM, Fox NC, Sanchez-Valle R, Grau-Rivera O, Gelpi E,...
Alzheimers Res Ther. 2018 Sep 05;10(1):89
Sapkota S, Ramirez J, Stuss DT, Masellis M, Black SE
PLoS Med. 2018 Sep;15(9):e1002647
Lim ASP, Gaiteri C, Yu L, Sohail S, Swardfager W, Tasaki S, Schneider JA, Paquet C, Stuss DT, Masellis M, Black SE, Hugon J, Buchman AS, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, De Jager PL
Nat Commun. 2018 Jul 25;9(1):2336
Lipsman N, Meng Y, Bethune AJ, Huang Y, Lam B, Masellis M, Herrmann N, Heyn C, Aubert I, Boutet A, Smith GS, Hynynen K, Black SE
Alzheimers Res Ther. 2018 Jul 18;10(1):65
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,...
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Jun 27;:1-14
Zukotynski K, Kuo PH, Mikulis D, Rosa-Neto P, Strafella AP, Subramaniam RM, Black SE
Sci Rep. 2018 Jun 21;8(1):9480
Lam TK, Binns MA, Honjo K, Dawson DR, Ross B, Stuss DT, Black SE, Chen JJ, Fujioka T, Chen JL
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2018 May 24;:
Fujioka T, Dawson DR, Wright R, Honjo K, Chen JL, Chen JJ, Black SE, Stuss DT, Ross B
Alzheimers Dement. 2018 May 18;:
Saeed U, Mirza SS, MacIntosh BJ, Herrmann N, Keith J, Ramirez J, Nestor SM, Yu Q, Knight J, Swardfager W, Potkin SG, Rogaeva E, George-Hyslop PS, Black SE, Masellis M
Cardiovasc Res. 2018 May 02;:
Brown R, Benveniste H, Black SE, Charpak S, Dichgans M, Joutel A, Nedergaard M, Smith KJ, Zlokovic BV, Wardlaw JM

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