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Brian Sutherland


Room 328, Health Sciences Complex


About Brian Sutherland

You might say science communication was a strongly formed interest from an early age: Brian Sutherland graduated from the Ontario Science Centre Science School museum, worked at Deep River Science Academy and spent three years in Engineering Science at U of T where he co-founded Science Outreach with Debbie Chachra in 1990. Brian also holds primary and elementary teacher's certifications in Montessori and a Master's Degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Currently, Brian teaches "HSC402H5: E-Learning Environments in Health Care", which he co-developed with Meaghan Brierley and Leila Lax. He also is co-instructor in the Media Design Field graduate course "MSC2006H Advanced Media Design Technologies" with Michael Corrin.

Brian has been involved in educating a great many teachers, new media students and web application developers at Centennial College, OISE, and the Toronto Montessori Institute over the past 20 years. His development work in education has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. More recently Brian was an IT architect for the Province’s educational repository e-learning Ontario.

In addition to being a part/time lecturer in the Biomedical Communications program, Brian serves as Educational Technology Administrator for the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he is the system administrator for Blackboard, the UTSC intranet, the weboption lecturecast service, and other core teaching technologies.  In this job, Brian is essentially a fixer for education problems which happen to involve teaching technology.

Research Interests

  • E-Learning design, tools and technologies
  • Data Visualization
  • Server Application Programming (LAMP)
  • Metadata applications and archive repositories
  • Video streaming
  • Server administration and cluster management


Brian’s current research project is a web application digital archive of the original artwork drawings of Grant’s Atlas, created at the University of Toronto in the 1940s by artist-illustrators of the Biomedical Communications department and Physician-Instructors of the Faculty of Medicine.  Grant’s Atlas continues today into the 12th Edition.

Visual Media

To see examples of Brian’s work, visit the Faculty section of our Showcase.


  • Wilson-Pauwels L, Bajcar J, Woolridge N, Sutherland B, Jenkinson J, Brierley M. Bridging the gap: A web-based visual database of medications to address the cognitive needs of patients and the information needs of patients and their health-care providers. The Journal of Biocommunication. Vol. 30 Number 3, 2005.


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