Sandra Black

Sandra Black | Professor & Deborah Ivy Christian Brill Chair in Neurology
OC, OOnt, MD, FRSC

Main Appointments

  • Professor & Deborah Ivy Christian Brill Chair in Neurology, Department of Medicine
  • Senior Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Director, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, and Director, LC Campbell Cognitive Neurology Research Unit, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Additional Appointments

  • Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
  • Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, U of T Scarborough
  • Adjunct scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences
  • Consultant neurologist, Sunnybrook, U of T
  • Adjunct scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Site leader, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
  • Executive director, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

Contact Information

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room A4 21
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 Canada

+1 416 480-4551 (office)
+1 416 480-4552 (fax)
sandra.black@sunnybrook.ca (email)

Administrative Inquiries

Anna Lvova
+1 416 480-6100, extension 3225


Research Theme

Research Interests

The cognitive and behavioural consequences of stroke and vascular brain disease, stroke recovery, the differential diagnosis of dementia, and the use of neuroimaging techniques to elucidate brain-behavior relationships in stroke and dementia, including quantitative structural imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging. She has authored/coauthored over 400 publications and is actively engaged in treatment trials for stroke and stroke recovery, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Vascular Cognitive Impairment.

Select Publications

Gabryelewicz T, Masellis M, Berdynski M, Bilbao J, Rogaeva E, St. George-Hyslop P, Barczak A, Czyzewski K, Barcikowska M, Wszolek Z,Black SE, Zekanowski C. Intra-familial Clinical Heterogeneity Due to FTLD-U with TDP-43 Proteinopathy Cause by a Novel Deletion in Progranulin Gene (PGRN). Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (in press August 2010) (Co-SRA)

Patterson KK, Gage WH, Brooks D, Black SE, McIlroy WE. Changes in Gait Symmetry and Velocity After Stroke: A Cross-sectional Study from Weeks to Years After Stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (in press)

Protzner AB, Mandzia JL, Black SE, McAndrews MP. Network Interactions Explain Effective Encoding in the Context of Medial Temporal Damage in MCI Patients. Human Brain Mapping (in press)(C)

Ramirez J, Gibson E, Quddus A, Lobaugh NJ, Feinstein A, Levine B, Scott CJM, Levy-Cooperman N, Gao FQ, Black SE. Lesion Explorer: A Comprehensive Segmentation and Parcellation Package to Obtain Regional Volumetrics for Subsortical Hyperintensities and Intracranial Tissue. NeuroImage (in press September 2010) (SRA)

Herrmann N, Black SE, Li A, Lanctôt KL. Discontinuing Cholinesterase Inhibitors: Results of a Survey of Canadian Dementia Experts. International Psychogeriatrics (Epub ahead of print September 2010)

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