Tom Schweizer

PhD, Fellowship

Director, Neuroscience Research Program


Dr. Schweizer’s area of interest is in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, focusing 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 (e.g. Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s Disease) is essential in educating physicians, patients and families and critical in designing effective treatment strategies. Dr. Schweizer and his team have developed a novel and fully immersive driving simulator and touch tablet placed in a 3.0 Tesla functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) system. The MRI compatible equipment can capture brain activity during real world tasks. Dr. Schweizer and his group are also investigating novel approaches to image processing and data analysis in functional neuroimaging, in order to improve the reliability and interpretability of fMRI findings, particularly in clinical and aging populations. Dr. Schweizer is an Ontario Early Researcher Award holder and is supported by a New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and research awards from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and other National peer-reviewed funding agencies including CIHR.

Recent Publications

  1. Hird, MA, Egeto, P, Fischer, CE, Naglie, G, Schweizer, TA. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of On-Road Simulator and Cognitive Driving Assessment in Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. J. Alzheimers Dis. 2016; :. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160276. PubMed PMID:27176076 .
  2. Fischer, CE, Golas, AC, Schweizer, TA, Munoz, DG, Ismail, Z, Qian, W et al.. Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis: a game-changer?. Expert Rev Neurother. 2016; :1-11. doi: 10.1080/14737175.2016.1184088. PubMed PMID:27123777 .
  3. Wan, A, Jaja, BN, Schweizer, TA, Macdonald, RL, , on behalf of the SAHIT collaboration. Clinical characteristics and outcome of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage with intracerebral hematoma. J. Neurosurg. 2016; :1-8. doi: 10.3171/2015.10.JNS151036. PubMed PMID:26918469 .
  4. Morrison, MA, Churchill, NW, Cusimano, MD, Schweizer, TA, Das, S, Graham, SJ et al.. Reliability of Task-Based fMRI for Preoperative Planning: A Test-Retest Study in Brain Tumor Patients and Healthy Controls. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (2):e0149547. Epub 2016/2/19. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149547. PubMed PMID:26894279 PubMed Central PMC4760755.
  5. Ting, WK, Schweizer, TA, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD. Antisaccadic Eye Movements Are Correlated with Corpus Callosum White Matter Mean Diffusivity, Stroop Performance, and Symptom Burden in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. Front Neurol. 2015;6 :271. Epub 2016/1/18. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00271. PubMed PMID:26834693 PubMed Central PMC4716139.
  6. de Oliveira Manoel, AL, Goffi, A, Marotta, TR, Schweizer, TA, Abrahamson, S, Macdonald, RL et al.. The critical care management of poor-grade subarachnoid haemorrhage. Crit Care. 2016;20 :21. doi: 10.1186/s13054-016-1193-9. PubMed PMID:26801901 PubMed Central PMC4724088.
  7. Fischer, CE, Qian, W, Schweizer, TA, Millikin, CP, Ismail, Z, Smith, EE et al.. Lewy Bodies, Vascular Risk Factors, and Subcortical Arteriosclerotic Leukoencephalopathy, but not Alzheimer Pathology, are Associated with Development of Psychosis in Alzheimer's Disease. J. Alzheimers Dis. 2015;50 (1):283-95. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150606. PubMed PMID:26682680 PubMed Central PMC4844451.
  8. Jaja, BN, Lingsma, H, Steyerberg, EW, Schweizer, TA, Thorpe, KE, Macdonald, RL et al.. Neuroimaging characteristics of ruptured aneurysm as predictors of outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: pooled analyses of the SAHIT cohort. J. Neurosurg. 2015; :1-9. doi: 10.3171/2015.4.JNS142753. PubMed PMID:26495952 .
  9. Morrison, MA, Tam, F, Garavaglia, MM, Golestanirad, L, Hare, GM, Cusimano, MD et al.. A novel tablet computer platform for advanced language mapping during awake craniotomy procedures. J. Neurosurg. 2016;124 (4):938-44. doi: 10.3171/2015.4.JNS15312. PubMed PMID:26473779 .
  10. Bonares, MJ, Egeto, P, de Oliveira Manoel, AL, Vesely, KA, Macdonald, RL, Schweizer, TA et al.. Unruptured intracranial aneurysm treatment effects on cognitive function: a meta-analysis. J. Neurosurg. 2016;124 (3):784-90. doi: 10.3171/2014.12.JNS141625. PubMed PMID:26381251 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Neurosurgery), University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto