Neuroscience Research Program

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Michael Cusimano

MD, MHPE, FRCSC, DABNS, PhD, FACS, Universities of Toronto, Illinois, Pittsburgh and McGill University


Adjunct Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael\'s Hospital

Professor of Neurosurgery, Education and Public Health, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Clinical neuroscience/ Neurosurgery (e.g. cognition and memory, cerebellum, pituitary, and brain tumours, aneurysms, normal pressure hydrocephalus, quality of life, coma etc), Cognitive Neurosurgery, Injury Prevention, Traumatic Brain Injury, Medical Education

Contact Information

Phone: 416-864-6048 (clinical); 416-864-5312 (research)

Topolovec-Vranic, J., Ennis, N. (2013). Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Amongst Individuals Who Are Homeless. Homeless in Europe Magazine. Summer 2013, 4-6

Topolovec-Vranic, J., Ennis, N., Ouchterlony, D., Cusimano, M.D., Colantonio, A., Hwang, S.W., Kontos, P., Stergiopoulos, V., Brenner, L. (2013). Clarifying the link between traumatic brain injury and homelessness: Workshop proceedings. Brain Inj 27(13-14), 1600-5.

Ilie, G., Boak, A., Adlaf, E.M., Asbridge, M., Cusimano, M.D. (2013). Prevalence and correlates of traumatic brain injuries among adolescents. JAMA 309(24), 2550-2.

Cusimano, M.D., Sharma, B., Lawrence, D.W., Ilie, G., Silverberg, S., Jones, R. (2013). Trends in North American Newspaper Reporting of Brain Injury in Ice Hockey. PLOS ONE 8(4), e61865.

Cusimano, M. D., Cho, N., Amin, K., Shirazi, M., McFaull, S. R., Do, M. T., Wong, M. C., & Russell, K. (2013). Mechanisms of team-sport-related brain injuries in children 5 to 19 years old: opportunities for prevention. PloS one, 8(3), e58868.
Winters, M., Babul, S., Becker, H.J.E.H., Brubacher, J.R., Chipman, M., Cripton, P.A.,

Cusimano, M.D., Friedman, S.M., Harris, M.A., Hunte, G., Monro, M., Reynolds, C.C.O., Shen, H., Teschke, K. (2012). Safe cycling: How do risk perceptions compare with observed risk? Canadian Journal of Public Health 103, S42-S47.

Cusimano, M., Nastis, S., & Zuccaro, L. (2012) Effectiveness of interventions to reduce aggression and injuries among ice hockey players: a systematic review. CMAJ 185(1), E57-69.

We are currently undertaking a multi-centre study that involves 27 co-investigators from 12 institutions across Canada. The aim of this research team, based in the Injury Prevention Research Office at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (St. Michael\\\\\\\'s Hospital), is to explore the interrelation between TBI and violence in vulnerable groups such as the homeless, perpetrators of violence, victims of unintentional injury, and children. The antecedents of TBI and violence are being investigated within the culture of ice hockey and large databases are being analyzed at a societal level. Knowledge translation studies are interwoven through this multi-centre study and part of our team is devoted specifically to exploring effective actions aimed at lessening TBI and violence. A number of community organizations are also involved, which allows for community-based research opportunities and integration of knowledge mobilization activities.

Other clinical research studies that are currently ongoing include investigation into skull base surgery, brain tumours (e.g. pituitary tumours, meningiomas, gliomas) and aneurysms, stem cells, normal pressure hydrocephalus, quality of life, the cerebellum, and neurocognition. We are also involved in other public health issues, geomatics, and in medical education.

Research Associate, Postdoctoral Fellows, all levels of research students (high school, undergraduate, Master\\\\\\\'s, PhD, and medical students)