Douglas Cheyne, PhD

Senior Scientist


Hospital for Sick Children | Senior Scientist, Research Institute
Program in Neurosciences & Mental Health
Associate Scientific Staff, Division of Neurology

University of Toronto | Professor, Department of Medical Imaging
Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (cross-appointed)
Department of Speech-Language Pathology (cross-appointed)
Institute of Medical Sciences (member)

I received my BSc degree from the University of Waterloo in 1981 and PhD in Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 1988. My doctoral thesis, carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Hal Weinberg, involved the first mapping of human motor cortex activity using a single channel magnetometer. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Neurological University Clinic in Vienna, Austria, I returned to Canada to participate in the development of the world's first whole-head MEG system at CTF Systems Inc. in Port Coquitlam BC. In 2001, I relocated to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where I am currently a Senior Scientist in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health, and Professor of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. My current research interests include neuroimaging technologies, measures of brain development, and basic studies of the human sensorimotor system. Over the last several years, my lab has been developing novel mathematical techniques for mapping spatiotemporal patterns of cortical activity involved in the generation of movement and speech, and we are currently extending these techniques to the study of recovery of function in cerebral palsy, childhood stroke and peripheral nerve injury. More recently, I have become interested in the development of oscillatory networks in early childhood, and how these may serve as biomarkers of typical and atypical development of cognitive and motor skills.



Theresa Dudley Administrative Assistant
Cecilia Jobst, MSc Research Coordinator
Rita Al-Loos Undergraduate Student, BME, Ryerson University


Silvia Isabella PhD Candidate IMS, U Toronto


Ahmad Mousa MD Canditae, CREMS Scholar, U Toronto 2015-2017
Sabah Master, PhD Research Fellow 2011-2017
Soonji Kwon Undergraduate Student, Neurosciences, U Toronto 2015-2016
André Chevrier PhD Candidate IMS, U Toronto Grad 2016
Pierre Boucher Research Technologist 2015
Anna Mersov MSc Student (co-Supervised with Prof.L.DeNil) 2013 - 2015
Samantha D'Souza MSc Student (co-Supervised with Prof.D.Fehlings) 2013 - 2015
Vladimir Grouza, BSc Research Technologist 2015
Stefan Bostan MD Student (Trinity College, Dublin) Summer 2015
Richard Wennberg, MD PhD Student 2006 - 2014
Natasha Alves, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow 2010 - 2013
Paul Ferrari, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow 2008 - 2011
Stefan Bostan, BSc Research Assistant 2012 - 2014
Zhengkai Chen, MSc Research Technologist 2011 - 2013
Maher Quraan, PhD Research Associate 2007 - 2009
Christina Popovich MSc Student 2007 - 2010 (co-supervised with Prof.R.Tannock)
Fil Cortese, PhD Post-Doctoral 2007 - 2010 (co-supervised with Prof.A.Wong)
Colleen Dockstader, PhD Post-Doctoral 2003 - 2009 (co-supervised with Prof.R.Tannock)
Anthony Herdman, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow 2005
Michael Jurkiewicz, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow 2001 - 2003
William Gaetz, PhD Research Associate 2003 - 2006
Sonya Bells, MSc Research Technologist 2006 - 2008
Andreea Bostan, BSc Research Technologist 2005 - 2007
Natascha van Lieshout U Waterloo, Engineering, Co-Op Student Summer 2010/Spring 2011
Philip McCarthy U Waterloo, Engineering, Co-Op Student Fall 2010
Chris Colvin U Toronto, IBBME Internship Summer 2010
Pierre Varache Mediterranee (France), Biomed.Eng., Internship Summer 2010
Brad Moores U Waterloo, Computer Engineering, Co-Op Student 2006 - 2007
Patrick McVeigh U Waterloo, Physics, Co-Op Student 2005 - 2006
Andreea Bostan U Toronto, Neurosciences, HSC Summer Student 2005 - 2006
Timothy Orr U Waterloo, Systems Engineering, Co-Op Student Fall 2004/2005
Volker Ressel Tuebingen (Germany), Neurology, Visiting PhD Fall 2004
Theresa Cooke Tuebingen (Germany), Max Plank Institute, Lab Rotation Summer Summer 2003
Rebekah Nelson McGill University, Biology, Summer Student Summer 2003
Benjamin Klösel Karls-Eberhardt U (Germany), Medicine, Lab Rotation Summer 2003
Kashyap Patel U Waterloo, Engineering, Co-Op Student Summer 2003
Kaushik Seethapathy U Waterloo, Engineering, Co-Op Student Winter 2003