Neuroscience Research Program

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Tom A. Schweizer

Fellowship (cognitive neuroscience), Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre; PhD (behavioural neuroscience), University of Waterloo


Director, Neuroscience Research Program, St. Michael's Hospital

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

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Neurosurgery), University of Toronto

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Applied Health Science, University of Waterloo

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Stroke, Dementia, Neuroimaging, Neurorehabilitation

Contact Information

Phone: 416-864-5504
Fax: 416-864-5857

Schweizer, T. A., Kan, K., Hung, Y., Tam, F., Naglie, G., & Graham, S. J. (2013). Brain activity during driving with distraction: an immersive fMRI study.Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7.

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.

Al-Khindi, T., Macdonald, R. L., & Schweizer, T. A. (2010). Cognitive and functional outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke, 41(8), e519-e536.

Schweizer, T.A. & Macdonald, R.L. (2010). Assessing outcome after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Nature Reviews Neurology, 6(8), 427-428.

Schweizer, T.A., Levine, B., Rewilak, D., O'Connor, C., Turner, G., Alexander, M.P., Cusimano, M. Manly, T., Robertson, I. & Stuss, D.T. (2008). Rehabilitation of executive functioning after focal damage to the cerebellum. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 22(1), 72-77.

Cantelmi, D., Schweizer, T.A. & Cusimano, M. (2008). Role of the cerebellum in the neurocognitive sequelae of treatment of tumours of the posterior fossa: An update. Lancet Oncology, 9(6), 569-576.

My area of interest is in Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural and Cognitive Neurology/Neurosurgery. My program of research is focused on understanding the neural bases for human cognitive and real-world functioning using experimental cognitive paradigms, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. A better understanding of the complex neural systems supporting various cognitive and real-world functions and their breakdown after brain damage is essential in educating physicians, patients and families and critical in designing effective treatment strategies. We are currently working on 1) identifying the neurocognitive and functional consequences of brain aneurysms; 2) developing imaging based surrogate markers of outcome in stroke, dementia and TBI.

I have a graduate appointment at the University of Toronto and am interested in accepting students in the general area of Neuroscience.