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Adam Sachs, MD, MA, FRCSC
613-798-5555 ext 14471

Sachs Lab: 613-798-5555 ext 19241

Adam Sachs

Associate Scientist, Neuroscience Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, Brain and Mind Research Institute
University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery
The Ottawa Hospital

Research Interests

Brief Biography

Dr. Adam Sachs is the Director of Neuromodulation and Functional Neurosurgery at The Ottawa Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery, Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute, Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. Prior to medical school, he completed a Bachelor of Science at McGill University in physiology and math, and a Master of Science at York University in applied mathematics researching mechanisms of human edge detection. During his neurosurgery residency at the University of Ottawa he participated in the Clinical Investigator program, performing neurophysiology and brain computer interface research in non-human primates.  He was a Clinical Instructor in Functional and Spine neurosurgery at Stanford University from 2010 to 2012, where he was involved in human brain computer interface research.

Selected Publications

Bullock, K. R., Pieper, F., Sachs, A.J., and Martinez-Trujillo, J. C. Visual and presaccadic activity in area 8Ar of the macaque monkey lateral prefrontal cortex.  J Neurophysiol.  118(1): 15-28 (2017).

Leavitt, M. L., Pieper, F., Sachs, A.J., and Martinez-Trujillo, J. C. Correlated variability modifies working memory fidelity in primate prefrontal neuronal ensembles.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  114(12): E2494-E2503 (2017).

Boulay, C. B., Pieper, F., Leavitt, M., Martinez-Trujillo, J. & Sachs, A. J. Single-trial decoding of intended eye movement goals from lateral prefrontal cortex neural ensembles. J. Neurophysiol. 115, 486–99 (2016).

Tremblay, S., Pieper, F., Sachs, A. & Martinez-Trujillo, J. Attentional filtering of visual information by neuronal ensembles in the primate lateral prefrontal cortex. Neuron 85, 202–15 (2015).

Tremblay, S., Doucet, G., Pieper, F., Sachs, A. & Martinez-Trujillo, J. Single-Trial Decoding of Visual Attention from Local Field Potentials in the Primate Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Is Frequency-Dependent. J. Neurosci. 35, 9038–49 (2015).

Irwin, Z., Thompson, D., Schroeder, K., Tat, D., Hassani, A., Bullard, A., Woo, S., Urbanchek, M., Sachs, A., Cederna, P., Stacey, W., Patil, P. & Chestek, C. Enabling Low-power, Multi-modal Neural Interfaces through a Common, Low-bandwidth Feature Space. IEEE Trans. Neural Syst. Rehabil. Eng. (2015).

Sachs, A. J., Babu, H., Su, Y.-F., Miller, K. J. & Henderson, J. M. Lack of efficacy of motor cortex stimulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain in 14 patients. Neuromodulation 17, 303–10; discussion 310–1 (2014).

Leavitt, M. L., Pieper, F., Sachs, A., Joober, R. & Martinez-Trujillo, J. C. Structure of spike count correlations reveals functional interactions between neurons in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex area 8a of behaving primates. PLoS One 8, e61503 (2013).

Sachs, A. J.,  Khayat, P. S., Niebergall, R., & Martinez-Trujillo, J. C. (2011). A metric-based analysis of the contribution of spike timing to contrast and motion direction coding by single neurons in macaque area MT. Brain Res., 1368, 163-184.

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest


Research and clinical approaches

Clinical trials; Imaging; Neuro-stimulation; Surgery