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Brain Sciences

Brain sciences research at Sunnybrook Research InstituteThe brain sciences research program at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) investigates disorders and conditions of the brain and central nervous system, including:

  • stroke
  • Alzheimer's, vascular, Parkinson's and frontotemporal dementia
  • anxiety and mood disorders
  • motor neuron diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • brain tumours
  • multiple sclerosis
  • traumatic brain injury
  • sleep disorders
  • effects of cognitive impairment on safe functioning in the community

Our scientists work to identify the mechanisms underlying complex neurobiological diseases and to develop innovative strategies to help people recover from these mind-destroying illnesses.

We perform basic, clinical and translational research from different perspectives. Those working in the lab are examining molecular interactions in the nervous system, while others are exploring new imaging techniques to map the brains of people with mood disorders, dementia and stroke. We also have clinical researchers developing new rehabilitation and drug therapies. Our varied areas of focus result in an integrated approach to neurological disease that ultimately improves clinical care.

Strategic partnerships with other institutions and organizations are vital in strengthening the brain sciences program. Our partnerships help us improve the breadth and scope of research and transmit knowledge to health care professionals and patients. As an example, we are part of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.