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Dr. Sandra Black recognized with national award for excellence in brain research

September 15, 2021


Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Black, internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist, and inaugural scientific director of the Dr. Sandra Black Centre for Brain Resilience and Recovery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, who has been awarded this year’s Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Since 2011, the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize has been awarded yearly to a physician or scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders.

The prestigious prize, which comes with a $50,000 award, recognizes Dr. Black’s scientific accomplishments and potential to make further contributions in her field.

“I am humbled and quite touched by this honour,” says Dr. Black. “Thank you to UBC and to my colleagues for their continued support.”

Dr. Black is research director of the LC Campbell Cognitive Neurology Research Unit and of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute and professor of medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto. She is also the Sunnybrook Site Director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and was Executive Director of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, from 2012-20.

Throughout her career, Dr. Black has been a strong advocate for collaboration and integration among medical and scientific disciplines in the pursuit of novel care in brain health. Her research explains complexity in dementia syndromes, utilizing neuroimaging, genetic, neuropathological, clinical and cognitive measures. She is a leader in her field, with more than 600 publications and has received numerous accolades including being named to the Order of Ontario in 2011 and being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.

Dr. Black joins past awardee Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, Sunnybrook’s Vice President of Research, in receiving the honour.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Black!