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
Can J Cardiol. 2019 Aug;35(8):1069-1077
Rivard L, Khairy P, Talajic M, Tardif JC, Nattel S, Bherer L, Black S, Healey J, Lanthier S, Andrade J, Massoud F, Nault I, Guertin MC, Dorian P, Kouz S, Essebag V, Ellenbogen KA, Wyse G, Racine N, Macle L, Mondesert B, Dyrda K, Tadros R, Guerra P,...
Neuroimage Clin. 2019 Jul 18;24:101943
Potvin O, Chouinard I, Dieumegarde L, Bartha R, Bellec P, Collins DL, Descoteaux M, Hoge R, Ramirez J, Scott CJM, Smith EE, Strother SC, Black SE, Duchesne S, CIMA-Q group, CCNA group
Clin Nucl Med. 2019 Jul 24;:
Zukotynski K, Gaudet V, Kuo PH, Adamo S, Goubran M, Scott C, Bocti C, Borrie M, Chertkow H, Frayne R, Hsiung R, Laforce R, Noseworthy MD, Prato FS, Sahlas DJ, Smith EE, Sossi V, Thiel A, Soucy JP, Tardif JC, Black SE
Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019 Sep;15:100385
Ruthirakuhan MT, Herrmann N, Gallagher D, Andreazza AC, Kiss A, Verhoeff NPLG, Black SE, Lanctôt KL
Alzheimers Dement. 2019 Jul;15(7):961-984
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,...
J Alzheimers Dis. 2019 Jul 16;:
Ruthirakuhan M, Herrmann N, C Andreazza A, Verhoeff NPLG, Gallagher D, Black SE, Kiss A, Lanctôt KL
Can J Neurol Sci. 2019 Jul 16;:1-13
Chertkow H, Borrie M, Whitehead V, Black SE, Feldman HH, Gauthier S, Hogan DB, Masellis M, McGilton K, Rockwood K, Tierney MC, Andrew M, Hsiung GR, Camicioli R, Smith EE, Fogarty J, Lindsay J, Best S, Evans A, Das S, Mohaddes Z, Pilon R, Poirier J,...
Neuroimage. 2019 Jun 26;200:275-280
Meng Y, MacIntosh BJ, Shirzadi Z, Kiss A, Bethune A, Heyn C, Mithani K, Hamani C, Black SE, Hynynen K, Lipsman N
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 May 08;:
Herrmann N, Ruthirakuhan M, Gallagher D, Verhoeff NPLG, Kiss A, Black SE, Lanctôt KL
Clin Neuroradiol. 2019 May 31;:
Pasarikovski CR, Ramjist J, da Costa L, Black SE, Cardinell J, Yang VX

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