Sandra E. Black, O.C., O.Ont., Hon DSc., MD, FRCP(C), FRSC, FAAN, FAHA, FANA
Primary Investigator

Dr. Black has had continual peer-reviewed funding since 1986. Her research has focused on the cognitive sequelae of stroke and stroke recovery, the differential diagnosis of dementia, and the use of neuroimaging techniques to elucidate brain-behaviour relationships in stroke and dementia.

With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, she is currently conducting prospective studies on the utility of quantitative structural and functional imaging in diagnosis and monitoring of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, vascular and other dementias, and on the interactions of Alzheimer's and cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. Black also conducts collaborative research on sensorimotor recovery after stroke using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and on praxis, neglect and attentional processes in stroke and dementia. She was the co-principal investigator of a clinical trial on the efficacy of amphetamine with physiotherapy to facilitate motor recovery after stroke. She has over 300 publications and has been actively engaged in treatment trials for stroke, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

Dr. Black currently serves on the executive committees of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research (ISTAART) and the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (VAS-COG). She is also the co-chair of the Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium (International Congress of AD) from 2009-2011. She is on the steering committee for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Consortium and serves on the data publication committee. She serves on the Ontario Stroke Network (the governing body of the Ontario Stroke System) and was a member of the steering committee for the Canadian Stroke Strategy from 2005-2009. She was head of the division of neurology, department of medicine at Sunnybrook from 1995-2006. She has received outstanding mentorship awards from the Institute of Medical Sciences (2001) and the department of medicine (2009), University of Toronto.




BrainLab's multidisciplinary team includes expertise from a broad range of backgrounds including neurology, psychology, radiology, computer science, and many more.




Imaging Team



Dr. Fuqiang Gao, MD
Research Radiologist


Joel Ramirez, PhD
Research Associate


Christopher Scott
Imaging Lab Manager


Nima Nourhaghighi
Software Engineer


Edward Ntiri
Research Software Developer


Miracle Ozzoude, HBSc
Senior Imaging Analyst


Rita Meena, MSc
Imaging Analyst


Dr Maged Goubran, PhD
Scientist
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Parisa Mojiri, MSc Comp. Eng.
Image Processing Software Developer


Dr. Julie Ottoy, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Katherine Zukotynski, BASc, MD, FRCP(C)
Neuroimaging Advisor


Matthew Settimi
Junior Imaging Analyst


Stephanie Berberian
Junior Imaging Analyst



Administrative Team



Farrell S. Leibovitch
CPSR Director Research & Training
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Jennifer Bray
Clinical Research Coordinator


Karen Truong
Clinical Research Manager


Petra Geller
Administrative Research Assistant


Alix Ginsberg, MSc (A)
Administrative Research Coordinator


Andrea Ricci
Clinical Administrative Assistant


Luca Pisterzi
Strategy and Operations Director


Aparna Bhan, MSc, CCRP
Project Manager


Dr. Ljubica Zotovic, MD
Project Manager


Helen Pham
Research Contracts Coordinator



Clinical Team



Dr. Benjamin Lam, MD
Post-Doc Fellow


Vanessa Yhap
Database Coordinator


Gillian Gabriel
Senior Neuropsychometrist QC/QA Research Coordinator


Ajey Nachnani, MD
QA Manager/Clinical Trial Monitor


Samantha Paul-Stotz
Clinical Research Coordinator


Maryna Butenko
Pharma Trials Project Manager


Alexandra Storace
Research Coordinator/Psychometrist


Rebecca Taylor
Research Coordinator


Morgan Koo
Research Coordinator


Priya Jeyarathnarajah
Research Coordinator


Xiang Ji, MSc
Clinical Research Coordinator


Karan Patel, MD
Research Coordinator


Ingita Patel
Research Coordinator


Saira Mirza, PhD
Research Associate


Anna Malakhova
Clinical Research Coordinator


Hafsa Rahman
Clinical Research Coordinator


Elizaveta Sadovnikova
Clinical Research Coordinator


Maurylette Gui
Research Coordinator / Psychometrist



Toronto Dementia Research Alliance


As part of succession planning, the TDRA coordinating centre has moved to CAMH as of Sept 8, 2020.
Please refer to the TDRA website for more information: https://tdra.utoronto.ca


Trainees



Dr. Sean Nestor, MD, PhD
Resident Physician in Psychiatry
Clinician Scientist Program

Dr. Ryan Muir, MD
Resident Physician in Neurology


Courtney Berezuk
PhD Student


Shraddha Sapkota, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow



Graduate Student


David Colelli
Graduate Student


Myuri Ruthirakuhan
Post Doctoral Fellow


Stephanie Terenzi
Graduate Student



Lab Alumni

Anoop Ganda: Research Coordinator
Elizabeth Hollingdrake: Research Coordinator
Robin Harry: Research Coordinator
Alicia McNeely: Research Coordinator/Imaging Analyst
Samantha Barbosa: Research Assistant
Emnet Gammada: Research Coordinator
Joanne Lawrence: Nurse Coordinator
Isabel Lam: Research Coordinator
Amanda Silva: Administrative Research Coordinator
Jiali Zhao, PhD: Image Processing Optimization
Sarah Stewart: Research Coordinator
Jodi Edwards, PhD: Post-Doc Fellow
Austyn Roseborough: Junior Imaging Analyst
Samantha Palmer: Research Coordinator
Dr. Alexandra Kim, MD: Research Associate
Marnie Younker: Clinical Coordinator
Gregory Szilagyi: Masters Student
Senny Chan: Research Coordinator/Psychometrist
Heba Ragheb: Research Coordinator
Nazanin Barkhordari: Project Manager
Fiona Muckle: Research Coordinator
Sabrina Pacheco: Operations/Database Manager
Brandy L. Callahan: Post Doctoral Fellow
Lauren Bechard: Masters Student
Manu Sharma: Research Coordinator/Imaging Analyst
Dr. Angela Tomas, MD: Fellow
Dr. Carmen Ojeda-Lopez, MD: Fellow
Areti Apatsidou: Research Coordinator
Shakira Mohammed: Research Coordinator
Ferhana Dhira: Research Coordinator
Hassan Akhavein, PhD: Image Processing Software Developer
Breni Varatharajah: Research Coordinator/Psychometrist
Vito Losito: Program Manager
Natalia Guira: Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Philippe Desmarais, MD: Fellow
Dr. Catherine Miville, MD: Fellow
Dr. Fadi Frankul, MD: Research Coordinator
Valerie Closson: Research Program Coordinator
Kim Roos-Assar, BA, BSc: Research Administrative Coordinator
Anna Lvova: Administrative Research Coordinator
Maryam Niapour, PhD: Research Unit Portfolio Manager
Rashid Rafeek, BSc(Hons.): Research Coordinator
Tess Lin: Communication Strategist
Michelle Lee: Clinical Assistant
Frank Tran: Research Coordinator
Jordana Compagnone: Research Coordinator
Cristin Napier: TDRA Relations Coordinator
Kirstin Walker, MEng: Junior Imaging Analyst
Arman Abedin, CCRP: Research Coordinator
Sadia Sarwar: Database Coordinator
Elahe Marandi, MD: Clinical Research Coordinator
Tiffany Scarcelli, MSc: Communications & Stakeholder Strategist
Winnie Qian: Research Participant Strategist
Jane Ding: Database Coordinator
Emily Di Giovanni: Administrative Research Coordinator
Dr. Jieli Geng, PhD: Visiting Scientist
Melissa Holmes: Database Manager
Pugaliya Puvee: Imaging Analyst
Sabrina Adamo, HBSc: Assistant Brainlab Projects Coordinator
Swathilekha (Swath) Nath: Research Program Coordinator
Dr. Hossam El Shahawy, MD: Research Coordinator
Aqsa kamal: Clinical Research Coordinator
Dr. Mahdi Biparva, PhD: Image Processing Software Develope
Dr. Kie Honjo, MD: Research Associate