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CPSR’s Dr. Sandra Black receives prestigious honour from UBC

CPSR’s Dr. Sandra Black is one of three of Canada’s leading researchers recognized by their peers for their outstanding scientific accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields.

The eleventh annual Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize is awarded to University of Toronto’s Dr. Black, who has gained international recognition as a research and clinical trialist leader in stroke and dementia. The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize is awarded to Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif of the Montreal Heart Institute and the 8th annual Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research is awarded to Dr. John Bell of the University of Ottawa for his revolutionary approach to fighting cancer with oncolytic viruses.

Each prize is valued at $50,000, making them among the most lucrative honours bestowed by a Canadian university. The recipients were chosen by a committee of international experts chaired by Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research, at UBC.

Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize

Dr. Sandra Black is an internationally known cognitive and stroke neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the University of Toronto.

A clinician scientist actively engaged in stroke and dementia trials for 30 years with leadership roles in many international organizations, she is also a physician champion, a system change agent developing the Ontario Stroke System, a benchmark model for organized stroke services. A network builder, she co-founded the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery in 2003, and was the inaugural Executive Director, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance from 2012 to 2020, an academic memory clinic collaboration assessing 2,000 patients annually to facilitate research embedded in care.

Appointed Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Director in 2006, she developed Brain Sciences at Sunnybrook into a very successful interdisciplinary academic program. In 2020, she became Scientific Director of the $10 million Dr. Sandra Black Centre for Brain Resilience and Recovery.

Her research explains complexity in dementia syndromes, utilizing neuroimaging, genetic, neuropathological, clinical and cognitive measures, especially venular small vessel disease. She has published more than 600 highly-cited publications and her recognitions include many mentorship and achievement awards. She was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2012 and appointed as an Officer, Order of Canada in 2015.