Dr. Allison Sekuler, is the Vice-President, Research & Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Managing Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, as well as Managing Director for the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest Health Sciences.
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, and cognitive neuroscience. She combine 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.
In her current role at Baycrest, Dr. Sekuler leads 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.