A clinician scientist/cognitive neurologist uniquely recognized internationally as a research leader/clinical trialist in both stroke and dementia, I pioneered a paradigm shift toward recognition that interactions of Small Vessel Disease and protein misfolding disorders are important mechanisms driving brain aging, neurodegeneration, stroke and its recovery. With dual credibility, I put SVD, cognition and behavior on the agenda of stroke care, and vascular contributions on the agenda of dementia care.
Sandra Black, MD, FRCP(C) is an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist, Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Sunnybrook HSC and Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. A leading clinical trialist in dementia, she is the Executive Director of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, a collaborative network of five institutional UofT memory programs. She is Sunnybrook Site Director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program Director at Sunnybrook RI. She has published over 550 papers (Google H 108; >68,000citations) in a 30-year research career that has bridged dementia and stroke, using neuroimaging to study brain-behavior relationships, with a recent focus on relationships of Alzheimer’s and small vessel disease. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2012), earned UofT Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and the Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo (2018). She was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011, cited as an assiduous physician leader and influential architect of the Ontario Stroke System, and appointed Officer to the Order of Canada in 2015 for her contributions to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and vascular dementia.