Dr. Robin Green is the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury at UHN and a Senior Scientist in cognitive neurosciences at KITE, the research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University and her clinical training in neuropsychology at the University Health Network in Toronto.
Robin Green, PhD
Dr. Robin Green's program of research addresses brain and behavioural mechanisms of recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her lab has shown that in addition to beneficial mechanisms that support recovery, there are deleterious mechanisms in the sub-acute and chronic stages of injury giving rise to cognitive and neural deterioration. Moreover, her lab recently demonstrated that volumetric losses to the whole-brain, hippocampus and corpus callosum are substantive and affect the large majority of patients.
Her lab is focused on re-conceptualizing TBI as a chronic and possibly neurodegenerative disease process; this novel conception is needed in order to identify parallels with other forms of neurodegeneration in order to open new avenues of treatment. A converging program of research concerns chronic traumatic encephalopathy - another progressive disorder secondary to TBI, but the result of multiple mild events. Encouragingly, the lab has found an association between "environmental enrichment" and reduced neurodegeneration in TBI. Using findings from these basic research programs, she is currently engaged in the development of interventions to improve cognitive and neural recovery by offsetting deterioration using environmental enrichment in concert with other clinical interventions. She recently founded a provincial research centre for people with enduring effects of brain injuries/concussion, which provides clinical care remotely to patients across Ontario.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Faculty Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN), University of Toronto
Associate Member, Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto Scarborough