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
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2019 Oct 29;:1545968319886444
McDonald MW, Black SE, Copland DA, Corbett D, Dijkhuizen RM, Farr TD, Jeffers MS, Kalaria RN, Karayanidis F, Leff AP, Nithianantharajah J, Pendlebury S, Quinn TJ, Clarkson AN, O'Sullivan MJ
Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 Oct 14;:
Goubran M, Ntiri EE, Akhavein H, Holmes M, Nestor S, Ramirez J, Adamo S, Ozzoude M, Scott C, Gao F, Martel A, Swardfager W, Masellis M, Swartz R, MacIntosh B, Black SE
Neurology. 2019 Nov 05;93(19):e1807-e1819
Mirza SS, Saeed U, Knight J, Ramirez J, Stuss DT, Keith J, Nestor SM, Yu D, Swardfager W, Rogaeva E, St George Hyslop P, Black SE, Masellis M, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2019 Sep 30;:
Anand SS, Tu JV, Desai D, Awadalla P, Robson P, Jacquemont S, Dummer T, Le N, Parker L, Poirier P, Teo K, Lear SA, Yusuf S, Tardif JC, Marcotte F, Busseuil D, Després JP, Black SE, Kirpalani A, Parraga G, Noseworthy MD, Dick A, Leipsic J, Kelton D,...
Nat Commun. 2019 Sep 26;10(1):4373
Abrahao A, Meng Y, Llinas M, Huang Y, Hamani C, Mainprize T, Aubert I, Heyn C, Black SE, Hynynen K, Lipsman N, Zinman L
Neuroimage. 2019 Sep 23;204:116202
Lee CY, Soliman H, Geraghty BJ, Chen AP, Connelly KA, Endre R, Perks WJ, Heyn C, Black SE, Cunningham CH
J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2019 Sep 23;:891988719874118
Ruthirakuhan M, Herrmann N, Andreazza AC, Verhoeff NPLG, Gallagher D, Black SE, Kiss A, Lanctôt KL
Int J Stroke. 2019 Sep 22;:1747493019871915
Hachinski V, Einhäupl K, Ganten D, Alladi S, Brayne C, Stephan BCM, Sweeney MD, Zlokovic B, Iturria-Medina Y, Iadecola C, Nishimura N, Schaffer CB, Whitehead SN, Black SE, Østergaard L, Wardlaw J, Greenberg S, Friberg L, Norrving B, Rowe B, Joanette Y,...
Ann Neurol. 2019 Sep 16;:
Meng Y, Abrahao A, Heyn CC, Bethune AJ, Huang Y, Pople CB, Aubert I, Hamani C, Zinman L, Hynynen K, Black SE, Lipsman N
AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2019 Oct;40(10):1712-1718
Houck AL, Gutierrez J, Gao F, Igwe KC, Colon JM, Black SE, Brickman AM

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