Baycrest senior scientist will head up the Ontario Brain Institute

For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2011

Toronto – Baycrest senior scientist and world-renowned frontal lobes expert Dr. Donald Stuss has been appointed the president and scientific director (interim) of the newly-created Ontario Brain Institute (OBI).

Baycrest senior scientist and world-renowned frontal lobes expert Dr. Donald StussLaunched in November 2010 with $15-million in start-up funding from the Ontario Government, the OBI’s mandate is to become an internationally-recognized centre of excellence in brain research, translation and innovation. It will support collaborations among scientists in Ontario and with scientists abroad, and fund research projects at Baycrest and other academic health sciences centres.

“This is an opportunity with enormous potential to bridge the gaps between care of those with acquired and developmental brain disorders, the neuroscience important to understanding and treating these problems, and the economic benefits from the participation of industry. My experience at Baycrest will be invaluable in my new role,” said Dr. Stuss.

“Dr. Stuss’s formidable strengths in the field of neuroscience, his background in the translation of research findings to clinical care, and his relationships with both the scientific and clinical communities, will be a tremendous asset to the Ontario Brain Institute,” said Baycrest president and CEO Dr. William Reichman.

Dr. Stuss has dedicated over 30 years to the study of human frontal lobe function and has made significant contributions to better understanding the human mind. He was vice-president of Research at Baycrest and founding director of the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) from 1989-2010. Under his 21 years of stewardship, the RRI has evolved into a cognitive science program that is ranked among the world’s best in the field of memory and aging.

He is university professor in Psychology, Neurology and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto, and the co-author of the 1986 classic reference, The Frontal Lobes.

Dr. Stuss will maintain his position as a senior scientist with Baycrest while he helps to guide the new institute’s development over the coming years.

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