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Douglas Cheyne

Title: Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health
Designations: PhD
Phone: 416-813-2168
Alternate Contact Name: Theresa Dudley
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309340
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Hospital Positions

Associate Scientific Staff
Division of Neurology

Learning Positions

Professor, Medical Imaging 
University of Toronto 
Professor, Speech-Language Pathology (cross-appointed) 
University of Toronto 
Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (cross-appointed) 
University of Toronto 
Member, Institute of Medical Science 
University of Toronto 


Dr. Cheyne is a neuroimaging scientist with a specialization in Magnetoencephalography (MEG). His postdoctoral work at the Neurological Clinical at Vienna General Hospital focused on the application of MEG to the study of human motor control and subsequently worked in the MEG industry in Canada for several years. He joined The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute as a Senior Scientist in 2001.  
His current research is focused on the advancement of neuroimaging techniques and the study of sensory, motor and cognitive processes and their impairments in children. 


Dr. Cheyne’s current research interests include neuroimaging technologies, measures of brain development, and basic studies of the human sensorimotor system. Over the last several years, his lab has been developing novel mathematical techniques for mapping spatiotemporal patterns of cortical activity involved in the generation of movement and speech, and are currently extending these techniques to the study of recovery of function in cerebral palsy, childhood stroke and peripheral nerve injury.  
More recently, Dr. Cheyne has become interested in the development of oscillatory networks in early childhood, and how these may serve as biomarkers of typical and atypical development of cognitive and motor skills. 

Education and experience


  • 1984–1988: PhD, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 1982–1984: MA, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 1977–1981: BSc, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 

Work experience

  • 2018: Honorary Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2015: Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2015: Professor (cross-appointed), Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2015: Professor (cross-appointed), Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2011: Associate Scientific Staff, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009: Adjunct Professor, Centre for Vision Research, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • 2002: Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2001: Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • 2008–2015: Associate Professor (cross-appointed), Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2001–2015: Associate Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2002–2008: Associate Professor (cross-appointed), Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1995–2001: Adjunct Professor, School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University 
  • 1994–2001: Research Scientist, CTF Systems Inc. Port Coquitlam, BC 
  • 1991–1994: Adjunct Professor, Psychology Department, Simon Fraser University
  • 1990–1991: Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University 


  1. Bells S., Isabella S., Brien D., Munoz D., Mabbott D., Cheyne D. (2020) Neural dynamics underlying saccade preparation and execution and their relation to reaction time and direction errors. Human Brain Mapping 41:1934-1949.
  2. Johnson B., Jobst C., Al-Loos R., He W., Cheyne D. (2019) Individual differences in motor development during early childhood: A magnetoencephalography study. Developmental Science in press. 
  3. Jobst S., Ferrari P., Isabella S., Cheyne D. (2018) BrainWave: A MATLAB toolbox for beamformer source analysis of MEG data. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12: 587 
  4. Alves N., Jobst C., Hotze F., Ferrari P., Lalancette M., Chau T., Van Lieshout P., Cheyne, D. (2016) An MEG compatible system for the measurement of orofacial kinematics: The MASK system. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 63: 1709-1717. 
  5. Isabella S., Ferrari P., Jobst, C., Cheyne JA., Cheyne D. (2015) Complementary roles of cortical oscillations in automatic and controlled processing during a rapid serial task. NeuroImage 118:268-281 

Link to more PubMed publications.

Link to Google Scholar publications.

  • Cheyne D. NSERC Discovery Grant: “Understanding the neural basis of motor development in early childhood”, 2019 – 2024.
  • Cheyne D., Borschel G., Chau T, Donner E., Van Lieshout P. CIHR Project Grant “Non-invasive imaging of sensorimotor plasticity following cranial nerve repair” 2018 – 2023. 
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