Neuroscience Research Program

About Us


Vision Statement:

Inspiring excellence, innovation and collaboration, bringing neuroscience to life.


About the Program

About the neuroscience research program St. Michael’s Neuroscience Research Program is built upon the well-established, clinical excellence in the areas of stroke, neurotrauma, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. The program at St. Michael’s brings together a unique group of nationally and internationally renowned neuroscientists. By mobilizing researchers in the areas of fundamental neurobiology, neuroimaging, clinical trials and knowledge translation, the Neuroscience Research Program works to unravel the mysteries of the brain and brain health.



Message from the Director

Director Tom Schweizer Brain diseases are among the leading medical, social and economic burdens affecting the world’s population. The World Health Organization estimates that 38 per cent of the years lost to death and disability globally can be attributed to brain disorders. This is three times that of other high profile medical conditions such as cancer or cardiovascular diseases.

The importance of neuroscience research in Ontario and Canada is clear with the recent creation of the Ontario Brain Institute and Brain Canada. The time is ripe to make a difference. With our outstanding clinicians and basic scientists working together on the issues related to various brain conditions, we are mobilizing the best team possible to answer some of the mysteries of the brain.

We are a leading clinical site for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and tumours. We have internationally recognized research in the areas of subarachnoid hemorrhage and neurotrauma, with research spanning the platforms of fundamental neurobiology, neuroimaging, clinical trials and knowledge translation.

Guided by an integrated strategy, our neuroscience research program builds upon our well-established areas of clinical excellence to create a program that fully embraces a “bench to bedside” multidisciplinary approach. Our goal is to develop a collaborative environment for our research activities that will benefit the local community and further establish our national and international reputation in the field of neuroscience.

Our vision: Inspiring excellence, innovation and collaboration, bringing neuroscience to life.

Welcome to our Neurosciences Research Program!

Dr. Tom A. Schweizer

Director and Scientist