Coordinating Centre Core Team


Executive Director
Dr. Sandra Black is an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist and a leading clinical trialist in dementia. Over her 30 year career she has given >600 talks and published >500 papers, and is highly cited. She directs the TDRA and Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. She was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011, and appointed Officer to the Order of Canada in 2015 for her contributions to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and vascular dementia.


Emily Di Giovanni

Emily Di Giovanni, BSc

Administrative Research Coordinator
Emily joins the TDRA from University Health Network. There she gained front line experience in health care and research. She holds a BSc in Biology from York University.


Jane Ding

Jane Ding, MEd

Database Coordinator
Jane began her career in clinical research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is interested in researching mood disorders in dementia and age-related changes in attention and memory. She completed her Honours BSc and MEd from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Research Coordinator for the Dementia Clinical Research Database Study. She is driven by her dedication to support research in dementia to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life.


Luca F Pisterzi

Luca F. Pisterzi, PhD

Director, Strategy & Operations
Luca joins the TDRA after having been the Program Manager for the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada’s largest population health cohort. Luca was named an Ambassador of the Privacy by Design program developed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in 2014.  He received his PhD in biophysics and molecular pharmacology from the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. 
Tiffany Scarcelli

Tiffany Scarcelli, MSc

Communications and Stakeholder Strategist
Tiffany joins the TDRA with over 5 years of experience working within the non-profit and healthcare sectors, mainly in knowledge translation, communications, and stakeholder relations. Tiffany holds an MSc in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto, where she studied the effects of focused ultrasound in Alzheimer’s disease.



Winnie Qian, MSc

Research Participant Strategist
Winnie received her Honours BSc from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Neuroscience, and her MSc from the University of Toronto in the Institute of Medical Science. Her research interests and publications involve Alzheimer’s disease and delusions. Prior to her position with the TDRA, Winnie worked at St. Michael’s Hospital and CAMH with expertise in dementia and mental health.


Ljubica Zotovic

Ljubica Zotovic, MD (Serbia)

Project Manager
Dr. Ljubica Zotovic obtained her degree in medicine from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2010. She is the Project Manager for the SARTAN-AD Trial.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
St Michaels Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
University Health Network