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Dr. Randy McIntosh - Baycrest. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Randy McIntosh

Vice-President of Research ; Director, Rotman Research Institute | Baycrest

Toronto, ON, CANADA

A world-renowned expert in the use of neuro-imaging methods (fMRI, PET, EEG and MEG) and computational modeling.





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Dr. Randy McIntosh talks about the virtual brain project.




Dr. Randy McIntosh is vice-president of Research at Baycrest and director of Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute.

Dr. McIntosh is a pioneer in the study of how different parts of the brain work together to bring about the wide range of human mental operations. He has combined modern functional neuroimaging methods with mathematical modeling to characterize the changes in brain network dynamics related to awareness and learning, and shown how these dynamics change in normal aging and different clinical conditions.

Dr. McIntosh is leading a team of international scientists on a mammoth project to build the world’s first functional, virtual brain. The massive project—akin to decoding the human genome—has the potential to revolutionize how clinicians assess and treat various brain disorders, including cognitive impairment caused by stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

The computerized model will deliver the first real, usable and open simulation of the human brain. For researchers, surgeons, neuroscientists and therapists, the virtual brain promises improved patient outcomes by letting clinicians simulate cognitive interventions – right from a Web browser.

A world-renowned expert in the use of neuro-imaging methods (fMRI, PET, EEG and MEG) and computational modeling to understand how brain networks change with aging and how the brain recovers from damage or disease, The Globe and Mail has ranked Dr. McIntosh among the top scientists in Canada’s largest city poised to break new ground in their field of research.

Industry Expertise (8)

Health Care - Facilities

Health and Wellness

Advanced Medical Equipment

Think Tanks


Mental Health Care

Elder Care

Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (9)



Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

Brain Imaging

Brain Modeling

Cognition and the Aging Brain



Traumatic Brain Injury

Accomplishments (1)

Vice-President of Research ; Director, Rotman Research Institute – Baycrest (professional)

Headquartered in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world's top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.

Education (3)

University of Calgary: BSc, Psychology 1987

University of Calgary: MSc, Psychology 1989

University of Texas: PhD, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience & Statistics) 1992

Event Appearances (7)

New Advances in Technology, the Virtual Brain

Sex, Aging & Memory: Canada’s First Women’s Brain Health Conference  Toronto, Ontario


Network principles derived from analysis and databasing of cortical connectivity

INCF Neuroinformatics Congress  Boston, Massachusetts


Innovation in Brain Research – A Conversation

Innovation and the Human Brain: A Leadership Summit  Markham, Ontario


Network dynamics and brain noise: the formula for cognition

New Horizons in Human Brain Imaging: A Focus on Brain Networks and Connectivity  Oahu, Hawaii


Rethinking Signal and Noise in Brain Imaging Data

Conceptual Issues in fMRI Interpretation  University of Guelph, Ontario


Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Research in Canada  Parliament Hill, Ottawa


Rethinking the definition of signal and noise in the brain

38th Annual Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference  Niagara Falls, Ontario


Sample Talks (1)

New Advances in Technology, the Virtual Brain

The Virtual Brain is the marriage of medical imaging and computer science. It’s a full-scale model of the human brain that parallels exactly what our own brain does: it grows up, gets old, suffers damage or gets a disease. The exciting part of The Virtual Brain is that we will be able to take an image of anyone’s brain and make their brain the model. In the case of a patient, this could help us both with diagnosis and planning the most effective way to treat their brain.


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