Neuroscience Research Program

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Corinne E. Fischer

MD, University of Toronto


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

Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry, St. Michael's Hospital

Director of Memory Disorders Clinic, Psychiatry, St. Michael's Hospital

Director of the Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Program, Psychiatry, St. Michael's Hospital

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms, Delusions, Health Systems Issues, Socioeconomic Status, Imaging, Pharmacology

Contact Information

Phone: 416-864-5320
Fax: 416-864-5480

Schweizer, T. A., Li, Z., Fischer, C.E., Alexander, M., Smith, S., Graham, S., & Fornazzari, L. (2013). From the Thalamus with Love: A Rare Window into the Locus of Emotional Synesthesia. Neurology. In Press.

Ismail, Z., Nguyen, M. Q., Fischer, C. E., Schweizer, T. A., & Mulsant, B. H., & Mamo, D. (2012). Neuroimaging of delusions in Alzheimer's disease. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. In Press

Fischer, C. E., Ismail, Z., & Schweizer, T. A. (2012). Delusions Increase Functional Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders, 33(6), 393-399.

Schweizer, T. A., Ware, J., Fischer, C. E., Craik, F. I., & Bialystok, E. (2012). Bilingualism as a contributor to cognitive reserve: Evidence from brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex, 48(8), 991-996.

Fischer, C. E., Cohen, C., Stephens, A., Ross, S., Hoch, J. S., Cooper, J. P., Golea, G., & Wasylenki, D. (2011). Determining the impact of establishing a psychogeriatric outreach team network in long-term care. Psychiatric Services,62(3), 299-302.

Current funded projects include clinical studies aimed at patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and MCI as well as several database studies. The clinical studies include a cognitive rehabilitation study funded by CIHR looking at the impact of MCI on driving performance and whether cognitive rehabilitation can improve driving abilities. We are also involved in a study funded by Brain Canada looking at detecting amyloid burden via retinal examination. In addition, we are doing a database study looking at imaging and cognitive correlates of delusions in Alzheimer’s disease using the ADNI database funded by CIHR. Finally, we are involved in ongoing studies looking at our clinical database and the impact of factors such as socioeconomic status on cognitive reserve.

I am looking for interested co-op students or undergraduate summer students who may have an interest in
any one of our ongoing projects in addition to psychiatry residents and fellows who may interested in pursuing a research elective.