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Allison Sekuler

Baycrest Health Sciences/Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation

Dr. Allison Sekuler (BA Mathematics & Psychology, Pomona College; PhD Psychology, UC Berkeley; Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists) is the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Managing Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences; Vice- President Research, Baycrest; and Managing Director of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI).

Dr. Sekuler has had a long and distinguished career as a Professor in the Departments of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was the country’s first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011). Her research focuses on perception, aging, cognitive neuroscience, neural plasticity, and neurotechnology, and has been published in leading journals including Nature, Current Biology, and the Journal of Neuroscience. She combines unique behavioural and neuroimaging methods to understand how the brain enables and constrains human performance across the lifespan, with an aim of developing methods to prevent, detect, and treat age-related sensory and cognitive decline.

In her previous administrative roles, Dr. Sekuler gained extensive experience bridging research and innovation, including responsibility for McMaster University’s Intellectual Property policies and initiatives, research partnerships, commercialization of research, and oversight of McMaster’s Industry Liaison Office, as well as working directly with industry partners in her own research. She has served on numerous Boards related to research, innovation and education, locally, nationally, and internationally; she currently Chairs the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Scholarships & Fellowships Division and is a member of NSERC’s Committee for Discovery Research. She also plays an active role in advancing equity and diversity in science in Canada and internationally, and has an extensive background in science communication.

In her current roles at Baycrest, Dr. Sekuler leads both the campus-wide research programs in aging, dementia, and brain health and wellness; and the strategic direction of the CABHI as it pursues its mission to accelerate innovative products, services, and best practices to support brain health and healthy aging.