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Dr. Sandra Black named to Order of Ontario

January 20, 2012

Dr. Sandra Black, Brill Chair in Neurology in the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook and the University of Toronto, has been named to the Order of Ontario.

Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario is the province's highest official honour and recognizes individual excellence and achievement in any field. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will invest Dr. Black and 26 other appointees at a ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at Queen's Park.

Dr. Black is one of very few clinical scientists who have an international reputation in both stroke and dementia. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, 62 invited chapters and articles, over 620 conference abstracts, and has presented at more than 530 invited lectures and continuing medical education events.

Her research interests include vascular cognitive impairment and stroke recovery; the differential diagnosis and management of dementia (including Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal degeneration, and Lewy body disease); and the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques to study brain-behaviour relationships in stroke and dementia, particularly the relationships between Alzheimer's and cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. Black is a founding, executive and scientific planning committee member of the International Society of Vascular Cognitive and Behavioural Disorders, and is an executive committee member of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment.

She is a founding member of both the Canadian Stroke Consortium of clinical stroke investigators and the equivalent Canadian dementia investigator consortium, the C5R. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Stroke Network, which oversees the Ontario Stroke System, and served as a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Stroke Strategy.

Dr. Black was also Head of Neurology at Sunnybrook from 1995 to 2006, the first woman in Canada to serve as the Head of a Neurology Division.