Sandra E. Black, MD, FRCP(C)
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


Dr. Kie Honjo, MD
Research Associate


Sabrina Adamo
Assistant Brainlab Projects Coordinator


Edward Ntiri
Research Software Developer


Miracle Ozzoude
Imaging Analyst


Rita Meena, MSc
Imaging Analyst


Pugaliya Puvee
Junior Imaging Analyst


Hassan Akhavein, PhD
Image Processing Software Developer


Kirstin Walker, MEng
Junior Imaging Analyst


Maged Goubran, PhD
Research Associate



Administrative Team



Jen Bray
Research Coordinator


Karen Fan
Research Program Coordinator


Anna Lvova
Administrative Research Coordinator


Maryam Niapour, PhD
Research Unit Portfolio Manager


Natalia Guira
Clinical Coordinator


Petra Geller
Administrative Research Assistant


Valerie Closson
Research Program Coordinator (Acting)



Clinical Team



Dr. Benjamin Lam, MD
Post-Doc Fellow


Areti Apatsidou
Research Coordinator


Breni Varatharajah
Research Coordinator/Psychometrist


Dr. Fadi Frankul, MD
Research Coordinator


Dr. Hossam El Shahawy, MD
Research Coordinator


Vanessa Yhap
Database Coordinator


Ferhana Dhira
Research Coordinator


Shakira Mohammed
Research Coordinator


Elahe Marandi, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator


Vito Losito
Program Manager


Gillian Gabriel
Research Coordinator


Arman Abedin
Research Coordinator


Ajey Nachnani, MD
QA Manager/Clinical Trial Monitor


Samantha Paul-Stotz
Clinical Research Coordinator


Maryna Butenko
Research Coordinator



Toronto Dementia Research Alliance



Dr. Ljubica Zotovic, MD
Project Manager


Kim Roos-Assar
Administrative Assistant


Luca Pisterzi
Program Manager


Frank Tran
Research Coordinator



Trainees



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

Dr. Ryan Muir, MD
Resident Physician in Neurology


Courtney Berezuk
Graduate Student


Dr. Philippe Desmarais, MD
Fellow


Dr. Catherine Miville, MD
Fellow


Saira Mirza, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow


Shraddha Sapkota, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow



Graduate Student


David Colelli
Graduate Student


Dr. Katherine Zukotynski, BASc, MD, FRCP(C)
PhD 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
Melissa Holmes: BrainLab Imaging Projects Coordinator
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