Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke, MD
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundational Fellow in the Clinical Neurosciences

Education History:
M.D, University of Toronto
B.Sc. (Honors), Life Sciences, Queen’s University

Clinical Training
Neurology Residency, University of Toronto, Canada

Research Interests

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.

Clinical Interests:

My clinical interests include concussion/traumatic brain injury, cognition/memory, headache/pain, neuropsychiatry and neurorehabilitation.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

I enjoy playing sports (such as tennis and soccer), all things food, live music and design/architecture.

Personal Goals

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.