Matthew Burke, MD
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundational Fellow in the Clinical Neurosciences
M.D, University of Toronto
B.Sc. (Honors), Life Sciences, Queen’s University
Neurology Residency, University of Toronto, Canada
Ever since my undergraduate studies, I have had strong interests in neurology, psychiatry and the expanding interface in between. This has led to a variety of research projects in fields of headache, concussion, neuropsychiatry, stroke, addiction and memory. In the latter half of my neurology residency, I became very interested in neuroplasticity and non-invasive brain stimulation. I initiated projects investigating neurostimulation strategies for the treatment of functional neurological disorders and rTMS for migraine prevention.
With regards to future research, I am interested in continuing to explore neurostimulation-based applications towards the previously mentioned fields but also towards areas such as concussion, stroke rehabilitation and cognitive impairment. I believe there is great potential not only for treatment but also for utilizing neurophysiology to further understand the pathogenesis of these conditions.
My clinical interests include concussion/traumatic brain injury, cognition/memory, headache/pain, neuropsychiatry and neurorehabilitation.
I enjoy playing sports (such as tennis and soccer), all things food, live music and design/architecture.
During my fellowship, I hope to become a technical expert in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation devices. This includes acquiring both essential design and analysis skills but also novel approaches such as pairing brain stimulation concurrently with other interventions and using real-time/closed-loop EEG and/or fMRI guided stimulation. In parallel, I hope to apply this skill-set across a variety of clinical research areas at the neurology/psychiatry interface. I believe that these technologies will be a “game-changer” for the clinical neurosciences and I am eager to be a part of the innovation and advancement of this field.