​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Krembil Brain Institute. By bringing together the clinicians and researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre with the neuroscientists and researchers at the Krembil Research Institute, the Krembil Brain Institute's goal is to be a world leader in clinical care, scientific scholarship, research, education and knowledge translation.


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The Krembil Brain Institute clinical programs specialize in brain-based and neural-related diseases and disorders. Krembil is a leader in the treatment of spinal cord injury, Movement Disorders, in particular Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, a range of neurodegenerative and neuromuscular conditions and brain, spine and peripheral nerve tumours.

Meet Our Physicians

The Krembil Brain Institute is led by medical director Dr. Gelareh Zadeh and research director Dr. Donald Weaver. Dr. Zadeh is neurosurgeon, scientist and Chief of the Department of Surgical Oncology at UHN. She specializes in neuro-oncology, brain tumour biology and skull base surgery. Dr. Weaver is dementia neurologist, medicinal chemist and director of the Krembil Research Institute where his research focus is drug discovery for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dr. Donald Weaver and Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

KBI At a Glance

Krembil Brain Institute is home to the largest and most specialized team of neuro professionals in Canada with more than 100 faculty members, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuroanesthesiologists, neuropsychologists, neurointensivists, neuroscientists and related allied health professionals.

  • 112,330 outpatient visits per year
  • 2,575 neurosurgical procedures per year
  • 118 fellows and graduate trainees
  • 947 peer-reviewed publications produced
  • 3,340 inpatient visits per year
  • 216 researchers focused on neuroscience
  • 276 total research staff
  • 154,001 square feet of dedicated research space


Brain Health: Key Statistics

  • 1 in 3 Canadians will be affected by a brain disease, disorder or injury in their lifetime.
  • There are approximately 1,000 diseases, disorders and injuries to the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.
  • 500,000 Canadians have Alzheimer's disease.​
  • 50,000 Canadians experience stroke each year.
  • 3.6 million Canadians are currently affected by a neurological condition.​
  • Dementia and neurodegenerative disease cost Canada $35 billion per year.
  • 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson's Disease.
  • 42 Canadians are diagnosed with epilepsy each day.

One in three Canadians will experience a brain problem in their lifetime.

At the Krembil Brain Institute, we believe we can deliver solutions to these problems.

We have the knowledge, clinical experience and research expertise to do it.

But we need your support to make it happen.

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Krembil is Canada’s premier training centre for medical and scientific leaders in the neuroscience field.