Sandra Black

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
Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 02;:
Wong A, Black SE, Yiu SYP, Au LWC, Lau AYL, Soo YOY, Chan AYY, Leung TWH, Wong LKS, Kwok TCY, Cheung TCK, Leung KT, Lam BYK, Kwan JSK, Mok VCT
J Neurol Sci. 2018 Jan 15;384:21-29
Lam TK, Dawson DR, Honjo K, Ross B, Binns MA, Stuss DT, Black SE, Chen JJ, Levine BT, Fujioka T, Chen JL
Explore (NY). 2017 Oct 23;:
Freedman M, Binns M, Gao F, Holmes M, Roseborough A, Strother S, Vallesi A, Jeffers S, Alain C, Whitehouse P, Ryan JD, Chen R, Cusimano MD, Black SE
Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 26;:
Berezuk C, Ramirez J, Black SE, Zakzanis KK, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Oct 19;:
Skrobot OA, Black SE, Chen C, DeCarli C, Erkinjuntti T, Ford GA, Kalaria RN, O'Brien J, Pantoni L, Pasquier F, Roman GC, Wallin A, Sachdev P, Skoog I, VICCCS group, Ben-Shlomo Y, Passmore AP, Love S, Kehoe PG
Aging Ment Health. 2017 Oct 11;:1-12
Leone C, Lim JSL, Stern A, Charles J, Black S, Baecker R
Sleep Med. 2017 Sep;37:135-140
Boulos MI, Wan A, Black SE, Lim AS, Swartz RH, Murray BJ
J Affect Disord. 2017 Aug 30;225:599-606
Sun YR, Herrmann N, Scott CJM, Black SE, Khan MM, Lanctôt KL
Clin Interv Aging. 2017;12:1251-1270
Guo H, Siu W, D'Arcy RC, Black SE, Grajauskas LA, Singh S, Zhang Y, Rockwood K, Song X
Otol Neurotol. 2017 Sep;38(8):e237-e239
Lin VYW, Black SE


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