Dr. Sultan Darvesh, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Team Lead: Brain Banking


Professor of Medicine
Departments of Medicine (Neurology and Geriatric Medicine)
Anatomy & Neurobiology and Chemistry
Dalhousie University


Director, Co-Founder

Maritime Brain Tissue Bank


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Dr. Sultan Darvesh graduated with BSc (Honours) and MSc degrees simultaneously at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in 1979. He received a PhD degree from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) (organic chemistry - 1983) which was followed by a year of postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the same institution. Medical training was at Dalhousie University (MD-1988), as was his residency in Neurology ending in 1993.  Subsequently, he did a fellowship in Behavioural (cognitive) Neurology at Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care and the University of Toronto (1994) and is now Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University.


Dr. Darvesh is a staff Neurologist at the Capital District Health Authority (Department of Medicine, Neurology), and is the Director of the Behavioural Neurology Clinic, conducted through the Memory Disability Clinic and associated with the Division of Geriatric Medicine, where he holds a cross-appointment.  His interest is in assessment and management of patients with cognitive impairment and in doing basic research on the causes and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.  He is also cross-appointed at Dalhousie University in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and the Department of Chemistry, where he conducts basic research in development of innovative strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.  He is the co-founder and the Director of The Maritime Brain Tissue Bank that makes brain tissues available for research scientists worldwide.  He is also a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax).

Dr. Darvesh is the principal author in over 50 peer-reviewed publications; he holds a number of patents and has been successful in obtaining significant grants to support his research.  He has received a number awards for excellence in research and continues to engage in collaborative work within Canada, the US, Europe and Asia.