Originally posted by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Black and Dr. Martin Yaffe!

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Black!

Sunnybrook Health Science researcher Dr. Sandra Black has been appointed to the Order of Canada.

Dr. Black, Director of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute, is an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist.

She holds the inaugural Brill Chair in Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook, and is the Sunnybrook Site Director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. As a leading clinical trialist in dementia, she is the current Executive Director of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, a multi institutional collaborative network of memory programs at the University of Toronto.

In 2011 she was named to the Order of Ontario, “for being an assiduous physician leader and influential architect of the Ontario Stroke System, a specialized continuum from prevention to reintegration.”

She has authored/ co-authored over 430 papers in a 25-year research career that has bridged dementia and stroke using neuroimaging to study brain behavior relationships, with a recent focus on interactions of Small Vessel Disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

She has earned numerous mentorship and research awards, including election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2012, one of the highest honours accorded to Canadian scholars, cited for “combining enormous dedication to patients with cutting-edge science”.


The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, was established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order of Canada.