Tomáš Paus

Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD

Distinguished Senior Scientist, Director of Population Neuroscience & Developmental Neuroimaging Program Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto

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Research

Research Focus:

Dr. Paus is Distinguished Senior Scientist and Director of the Population Neuroscience & Developmental Neuroimaging at the Bloorview Research Institute, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His work integrates epidemiology, neuroscience and genetics in the pursuit of knowledge relevant for brain health.

Publications by Dr. Paus and his colleagues have had a marked impact in the field with over 40,000 citations (h-index: 94). Dr. Paus has contributed to the field of neuroscience in two ways. First, he has introduced a number of innovations for studying the human brain, including a) voxel-wise analyses of structural brain images (Science 1999); b) combining brain stimulation and imaging (Journal of Neuroscience 1997); and c) integrating epidemiology, genetics and brain imaging (Population Neuroscience 2013). Second, he has provided new frameworks for understanding the function of the anterior cingulate cortex (Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2001), and the processes underlying changes in white matter during male adolescence and their significance for axonal transport (Journal of Neuroscience 2008NeuroImage 2015).


Education & Profession

Education:

  • 1980  1986 Medical School of Purkyne (Masaryk) University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 1986 Obtained the M.D. degree from Purkyne (Masaryk) University
  • 1986  1990 Ph.D. research in the Psychophysiology Unit, Institute of Physiology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague (Head of the Unit: Professor T. Radil).
  • 1990 Obtained the Ph.D. degree in normal and pathological physiology from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. dissertation title: Voluntary maintenance of central-gaze fixation. Development, neuropsychology, and psychopathology of frontal-cortical functions in man

Post-doctoral training:

  • 1990  1995 McDonnell-Pew Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University; mentored by Drs. Michael Petrides and Brenda Milner

Professional Memberships:

Memberships in learned societies:

  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Councillor and Chair of the Program Committee, 2001-2004)
  • International Neuropsychology Symposium (Elected member in 1995)
  • International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience (President, 2006-2010)
  • Society for Neuroscience

Peer-review committees:

  • 1999 (Feb) National Institutes of Health (USA); Study Section on “Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience 6” (ad hoc member).
  • 1999 – 2002 Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Behavioural Sciences A Committee (member). 
  • 2005 Ad hoc Review panel to evaluate the Helmholtz Programme “Function and Dysfunction of the Nervous System, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany (member)
  • 2007 Review committee on “Collaborations on cognitive performance and relevant disorders in humans”, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Germany (member)
  • 2007 Appointments Committee for the position of a Director of the research field of Human Brain Mapping and a Chair of Structural Functional Brain Mapping, Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), Research Centre Jülich, Germany (member) 
  • 2008 – 2009 Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Meeting, Planning and Dissemination Grant Program (member).
  • 2010 National Institutes of Health (USA); Ad hoc review panel for an RFA on “Identification and Characterization of Sensitive Periods for Neurodevelopment in Studies of Mental Illness.
  • 2011 – 2013 Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Behavioural Sciences B Committee (member).
  • 2013 – 2018 The Compute Canada Bioinformatics, Neuroscience and Medical Imaging Resource Allocation Subcommittee (Chair)
  • 2013 – 2018 The Compute Canada Resource Allocation Committee (member)
  • 2015 National Institutes of Health (USA); Ad hoc review panel for an RFA on Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (RFA-MH-15-500), part of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Project
  • 2016 – 2017 Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Project grants (Cluster 26).
  • 2017 – 2018 National Resource Allocation Competition, Compute Canada (Acting Chair)
    2018 – Clinical Behavioural Sciences (BS2) Committee, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Chair)

Editorial and advisory boards:

  • 2000 – present Human Brain Mapping (2002 - present: Associate Editor)
  • 2006 – present Social Neuroscience (Associate Editor)
  • 2007 – present Brain Stimulation (Member)
  • 2009 – present Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Member)
  • 2011 – present International Journal of Developmental Science (Member)
  • 2016 – present Basal Ganglia (Member)
  • 2007 – present Scientific Advisory Board (Member), Program in Perinatal Determinants of Brain and Mental Health, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • 2008 – present Scientific Advisory Board (Member), MIND Research Network, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  • 2008 – 2013  Advisory Board of NUTRIMENTHE, an EU-FP7 Project (Chair)
  • 2009 – 2015 Advisory Committee of the NSF Centre for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE), Seattle, U.S.A.

Committees:

  • 1996 – 2000 The Animal Care Committee of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, MNI/MNH (member)
  • 1996 – 2001 The Radiation Safety Committee of the MNI/MNH (member)
  • 1997 – 2000 Jeanne Timmins Costello Studentship Committee of the MNI (member) 
  • 1998 Task Force on the Future of Brain Imaging at the MNI (co-chair of an ad hoc committee)
  • 1998 – 2001 Policy Advisory Committee of the MNI (member, elected for a 3-year term)
  • 1999 – 2004 Residency in Clinical Pharmacology Program Committee (member)
  • 2001 – 2004 Research Ethics Board of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (member)
  • 2001 – 2004 The Governing Council of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Councillor, elected for a 3-year term; Chair, Program Committee)
  • 2002 – 2004 Graduate Program Committee, Graduate Program in Neurological Sciences, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery (member)
  • 2002 – 2004 The Fellowship Committee of the Montreal Neurological Institute (member)
  • 2005 – 2008 Management Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham (member)
  • 2005 – 2009 MR Management Group, University of Nottingham (Chair)
  • 2006 – 2009 Management Committee, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham (member)
  • 2011 – 2013 Questionnaire Committee of the Ontario Health Study (member)
  • 2012 – 2013 Scientific Steering Committee of the Ontario Health Study (member)
  • 2014 Program Committee of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience group, FLUX (Chair)
  • 2014 – Measurements Committee of the Ontario Health Study (member)

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • 1995  1997 Lecturer, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • 1997 – 2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • 1999 – 2002 Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Department of Psychology, McGill University
  • 2002 – 2004 Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • 2002 – 2004 Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Psychology, McGill University
  • 2005 – 2009 Professor and Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Schools of Psychology and Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • 2005 – 2010 Adjunct Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychology, McGill University
  • 2010  2012 Special Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • 2010 – 2018 Senior Scientist and Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto
  • 2010  Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • 2015 – 2017 Dr. John and Consuela Phelan Scholar, Child Mind Institute, New York, U.S.A.

Honours and Awards:

  • 1980 Young-Scientist Magazine Award for Best Research Paper (High school)
  • 1982 Award for Outstanding Research Paper as a Medical Student
  • 1984 Award for Outstanding Research Paper as a Medical Student
  • 1984 European Medical-Student Exchange Program Travel Award
  • 1986 M.D. with distinction
  • 1989 European Science Foundation (ESF) Travel Award
  • 1995 Election to membership in the International Neuropsychology Symposium
  • 1999 MRC (Canada) Scholarship Award
  • 2001 Election to the Governing Council of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • 2002 MNI Killam Scholar
  • 2005 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
  • 2006 Elected President of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience
  • 2009 Gold Medal of Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • 2010 Elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

Publications

A total of 280 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books and 19 chapters; ~42,000 citations, h-index: 93.

For the full publications list, please visit Google Scholar for Dr. Tomas Paus.


Contact Info

Contact Information:

Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 
T: 416-425-6220 x. 6023

Contact Email:
tpaus@hollandbloorview.ca