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Margot Taylor

Title: Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology; Senior Scientist, NMH
Designations: PhD
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 306321
Alternate Contact Name: Kyra Sophocleous
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5175
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U of T Positions: Professor, Departments of Medical Imaging and Psychology

Research Positions

Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health


Dr. Margot J. Taylor received her doctorate from McGill and in 1981 was recruited to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Neurology as Director of Evoked Potential Labs. In this position, she established a wide range of clinical and research applications of evoked and event-related potentials in paediatrics. She moved to Toulouse, France in 1998 as Directeur de Recherche, CNRS. Dr. Taylor was recruited back to SickKids in 2004 as Director of Functional Neuroimaging in Diagnostic Imaging. Her research centres on the use of MEG, fMRI and MRI to understand the neural bases of cognitive development and includes typical developmental research and clinical populations, such very preterm-born children and young children through to adults with autism. 


Dr. Taylors research is focused on the neural bases of social-cognitive development using MEG, fMRI and MRI.  She and her team assess functional and structural brain correlates of high-level cognitive skills, including emotional processing, Theory of Mind and working memory, from early childhood into adulthood. The studies include typically developing, autistic and very preterm-born populations. Her current focus is on the application of OPM-MEG to investigate emerging neural signatures of autism in toddlers and young children. 

Education and experience


  • 1977–1980: PhD, Experimental Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec 
  • 1975–1977: MA, Psychophysiology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. 
  • 1970–1974: BA Honours, Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC 


  • 2004–present: Professor, Departments of Medical Imaging and Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 
  • 2004–present: Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON 
  • 2004–present: Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic Imaging, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON 
  • 1998–2004: Directeur de Recherche, C.N.R.S. at CerCo (Cerveau et Cognition), Université Paul, Sabatier, Toulouse, France 
  • 1981–1998: Neurophysiologist, Director of Evoked Potential Labs, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON 
  • 1980–1981: Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Neurology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec 

Academic appointments

  • 2005–present: Full member of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2004–present: Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2007: Cross-appointed as Professor in the Department of Psychology, U. of T, Toronto, ON
  • 1994–1998: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1984–1994: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1981–1984: Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON


  • 2013: Surgeon General of Canada Medal for Service - Brigadier-General J.R. Bernier
  • 2011: International Exchange Scholar - Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2008: Excellence in MEG Research in Developmental Neuroscience - Josephine Mills Annual Research Award
  • 1994–1995: Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) Poste Orange, Unité INSERM #316, Tours, France
  • 1998: Visiting Professor - Okazaki National Research Institutes, Okazaki, Japan


  1. Safar*, K., Vandewouw*, M.M., Sato, J., Devasagayam, J., Hill, R.M., Rea, M., Brookes, M.J., Taylor, M.J. Using optically pumped magnetometers to replicate task-related responses in next generation magnetoencephalography. Scientific Reports, 2024, 18;14(1):6513. 
  2. Choi, E.J., Vandewouw, M.M., de Villa, M.K., Inoue, T., Taylor, M.J. The development of functional connectivity with the dorsal striatum from early childhood to adulthood. Develop. Cogn. Neuroscience, 2023, 61:101258. 
  3. Safar, K., Vandewouw, M.M., Pang, E.W., De Villa, M.K., Arnold, P.D., Iaboni, A., Ayub, M., Kelley, E., Lerch, J.P., Anagnostou, E., Taylor, M.J. Atypical oscillatory dynamics during emotional face processing in paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder with MEG. Neuroimage: Clinical, 2023, 38:103408. 
  4. Vandewouw, M.M., Pang, E.W., Kelley, E., Ayub, M., Lerch, J.P, Taylor^, M.J., Anagnostou^, E. Richer than we thought: neurophysiological methods reveal rich-club network development is frequency- and sex-dependent. iScience, 2023, 26(4):106384. 
  5. Sato, J., Vandewouw, M.M., Safar, K., Ng, D., Bando, N., O’Connor, D.L., Unger, S.L., Pang, E.W., Taylor, M.J. Social-cognitive network connectivity in preterm children and relations with early nutrition and developmental outcomes. Frontiers in System Neuroscience, 2022, 07 April 2022, 812111. 

Investigating neural imbalance in early autism with innovative wearable MEG.  Taylor, M.J., Anagnostou, E., Brian J., Safar, K. SFARI (Simons Foundation).  Dec. 2021–2024.  $703,545 (USD) 

Characterising brain network dynamics in very young children with autism using OPM-based MEG. Taylor, M.J., Anagnostou, E., Brian J., Dunkley, B.T., Safar, K.  CIHR-BSB, Sept. 2021–2026. $864,450. 

It’s all about time: Optimising infrastructure for functional brain imaging in children.  Taylor, M.J., Mabbott, D.J., Dunkley, B.T.  CFI- JELF, 2018–2024, $1,592,005.  

Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Changes in brain structure and function.  Anagnostou, E., Grady, C., Lerch, J.P., Stoddart, K., Taylor, M.J.  CIHR-BSB, 2018–2025, $1,024,152 

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