Focused ultrasound symposium, Toronto, ON

Nov 20 - Nov 21, 2018

On Nov. 20 and 21, Sunnybrook and the Canada Gairdner Foundation co-hosted an international symposium on focused ultrasound, a breakthrough technology that could change medicine forever. Dr. Sandra Black was the Chair person for "The future of focused Ultrasound: Perspectives from the clinical coalface" discussion.


4th Leducq Transatlantic Network Meeting at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2018

From October 14th to 16th, Researchers at Sunnybrook hosted a prestigious meeting for the international partners of the 4th Leducq Transatlantic Network, for a collaboration focussed on “Understanding the role of the perivascular space in cerebral small vessel disease” ( Lead Sunnybrook Leducq coordinator Dr. Sandra Black, along with Drs. Brad MacIntosh, Andrew Lim and Joel Ramirez will welcome attendees from Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Paris, Munich, London, Rochester, New Haven and Los Angeles, for this specialized intense dialogue to elucidate the role of these important spaces surrounding brain blood vessels in clearing toxins and mediating immune cell function in brain health, aging, stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease. The multidisciplinary group is comprised of leading investigators on cognition, imaging, inflammation and cellular function, animal models and metabolomics, whose combined expertise aims to advance the understanding of this important subtype of brain small vessel disease. The contributions of the Sunnybrook team will include many trainees and collaborators of the Sunnybrook scientists hosting the event, covering topics such as the impact of sleep apnea and small vessel disease on the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, and their significant impact on brain health. The project is supported by the Fondation Leducq (, which promotes international collaborations studying cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. For more information, please contact Melissa Holmes (


Dr. Sandra Black receives honorary degree from University of Waterloo

June 18, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Black, research program director of the Hurvitz Brain Science Program at Sunnybrook who received an honorary doctor of science from the faculty of applied health sciences at the University of Waterloo, on June 12, 2018. The honorary degree reflects her collaborations over the years with University of Waterloo scientists and recognizes international contributions to stroke and dementia. Learn more about University of Waterloo's Spring 2018 convocation honorary award recipients.


Lesion Explorer - May 14, 2014

BrainLab's most recent publication in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE):

Ramirez, J., Scott, C. J. M., McNeely, A. A., Berezuk, C., Gao, F., Szilagyi, G. M., et al. Lesion Explorer: A Video-guided, Standardized Protocol for Accurate and Reliable MRI-derived Volumetrics in Alzheimer's Disease and Normal Elderly. J. Vis. Exp. (86) (2014).

"Lesion Explorer (LE) is a semi-automatic, image-processing pipeline developed to obtain regional brain tissue and subcortical hyperintensity lesion volumetrics from structural MRI of Alzheimer's disease and normal elderly. To ensure a high level of accuracy and reliability, the following is a video-guided, standardized protocol for LE's manual procedures."


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