About the Krembil Neuroscience Centre

​We are an internationally renowned neuroscience centre providing excellence in clinical care along with leading edge research and education for health care professionals in all fields from across Canada and around the globe. Our staff are experts in disorders of the brain, spinal cord and eyes.

At the Krembil Neuroscience Centre (KNC), we have access to cutting edge technologies such as the Gamma Knife and Deep Brain Stimulation and constantly work to broaden their use to help our patients. We have Canada’s leading ophthalmological and visual science program, the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre, and 2013 marks the opening of our new research facility, the Krembil Discovery Tower. This facility will house state-of-the-art equipment and world-renowned researchers to push the boundaries of discovery and seek answers to diseases and conditions of the nervous system including spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.



Health Care Professionals

KNC is a multidisciplinary team known for international excellence.

  • 9 Cranial Neurosurgeons
  • 5 Spinal Surgeons (3 Neurosurgical and 2 Orthopedic)
  • 39 Neurologists
  • 33 Ophthalmologists
  • 3 Neuropsychologists
  • Over 300 Dieticians, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, and Spiritual Care providers


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With ties to Toronto’s three universities, Krembil Neuroscience Centre receives students of all health care professions seeking to specialize in neurosciences. Our international reputation attracts trainees from across Canada and around the globe seeking advanced learning opportunities in the neurosciences. We are also a frequent host for cutting-edge symposia and conferences of interest to leaders in neuroscience.

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Researchers and scientists at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre are really explorers, busy navigating the brain and nervous system to discover treatments for spinal cord injuries, stroke, brain tumors, diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

As a member of a hospital-based research institute, we are committed to research with scientific and clinical impact in the areas of genes, proteins and people; health information; medical technology innovation; and regenerative medicine. The proximity of basic researchers and clinician-scientists provides the full spectrum of expertise required to make discoveries in basic, translational and clinical research.

Our research has accounted for dozens of “firsts” that have had a global impact on health care. In the 1990s, we identified the genes responsible for hereditary blindness, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s and Huntington’s disease, and we zeroed in on the individual brain cells that control pain. More recently, we performed the world's first deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression, and we’ve had exciting findings from neural adult stem cell transplantations; they show promising results for repairing spinal cord damage and restoring mobility in rats which we hope will one day translate into treatment for human spinal cord damage. And we’ll soon have the Krembil Discovery Centre, where we’ll conduct world-leading research into stroke, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other disorders.

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