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Highways of communication in the brain can be imaged with diffusion-weighted MRI. The BIC is equipped with state-of-the-art 1.5T, 3T and (small-bore) 7T MRI scanners.

MEG measures brain activity at the millisecond time scale. The BIC offers access to one of the 7 MEG scanners in Canada. 

We are located on the Mont-Royal mountain (yes, it's a mountain!) in the heart of downtown Montreal. A unique environment, for a unique Centre!  

Our Centre organizes a weekly seminar and lecture series held every Monday in the de Grandpré Communications Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Come and join us! 

Each year, we scan about 3,500 research participants, in a wide variety of settings for basic and clinical research studies. Here, a volunteer participates to an MEG cognitive test involving visual perception.     

Superconduction and quantum physics in action: that's what happens every day in our 7 scanners. Here a cloud of helium gas (totally safe) gently tries to escape during the refill of our MEG scanner.     

Hard-wired: brain waves are generated by neurons. They can be tracked at the millisecond scale by EEG (pictured here) and MEG, with an increasing numbers of channels and spatial coverage over the recent years. Our Centre has the capacity for MEG, high-density EEG (up to 128 channels), including in the MRI scanner, and also tremendous expertise in basic electrophysiology. 

Training is an important part of our mission at the BIC: every year, our labs host about 80 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all around the world. 

The Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill: home of the McConnell BIC and one of the world-leading flagships in neuroscience research, neurology and neurosurgery.

We have 30 years of experience in PET imaging, with an on-site GMP and GLP radiochemistry and cyclotron facility for molecular imaging at the highest resolution. 

Our Centre is home to 16 Faculty, 27 core staff members, and 85 trainees. We scan >3,500 research participants every year and cater brain scanning services to >110 Principal Investigators.

Join us in celebrating the BIC's 30th anniversary: Feb 11, 2015 (registration and program): 30 years of research, innovation and service to one of the largest neuroimaging and neuroscience research community.  

The BIC is not only about scanners: we have a fantastic team of highly-qualified support personnel, entirely dedicated to make your research experience productive and successful. 

The Image-Processing Lab at the BIC (Prof D. Louis Collins, Principal Investigator)

Welcome to the BIC!

The McConnell Brain Imaging Centre is everything about neuroimaging


We're hiring!

Opening for one Research Assistant at our Radiochemistry & Cyclotron Unit.

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We're celebrating! 

2015 marks our first 30 years as the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre. We have celebrated this anniversary landmark on Feb. 11 with 350 attendees, at an exciting scientific and social event

At this occasion, please leave a note to the BIC community on our message board.  

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The BIC is one of the world largest research centres entirely dedicated to neuroimaging. The research and service platform is integrated to a flagship institute for neuroscience research and a neurological/neurosurgical hospital: the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, a top research-intensive university.      

A productive research centre

The neuroimaging research performed in our 11 laboratories covers all aspects of neuroimaging: from instrumentation to acquisition to analysis methods and practical software solutions. Our researchers and trainees have published more than 1,000 journal articles and have raised several $100'sM in research grants so far. 


A large service platform

We offer neuroimaging services to a community of more than 110 scientists, generate 3,500 scans a year in high-field MRI (1.5T, 3T and small-bore 7T), high-resolution PET and micro-PET, and real-time MEG/EEG. We also offer TMS services and the capacity to perform simultaneous high-density EEG in the MRI. Our radiochemistry lab produces the longest catalogue of radiotracers in Canada. The BIC's computing backbone offers considerable data storage capacity and distributed grid computing solutions to all BIC users. Finally, our research is shared with >20,000 registered users worldwide through software and reference datasets. Multiple successful spin-off biomedical companies were created by current and previous BIC members over the past 30 years.

New faces @ The BIC

Dr. Paul Gravel, PhD

Research Assistant, PET core

Paul obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University in 2015 (A. Reader's lab). He also received an M.Sc. in Neurological Sciences from McGill in 2008, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering major from the University of New-Brunswick. Paul’s interests and expertise are in PET image acquisition and reconstruction, with an emphasis on radiotracer kinetic modeling and statistical parametric mapping (SPM). At the BIC, Paul will contribute developments in PET image quantification using direct 4D PET reconstruction techniques. Very importantly, his primary mission is to provide training, assistance and expertise to all users of BIC's high-resolution, conventional and micro-PET scanners. Investigators and trainees seeking expert advice on PET image analysis shall paul [dot] gravel2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Contact%20re%3A%20PET%20%40%20BIC) (contact Paul directly). 

Dr. Simon Ducharme

Prof Simon Ducharme

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ducharme has a medical degree from the Université de Montréal and a Masters from McGill University. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at McGill in 2012, and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at Harvard University in 2014. He is a Neuropsychiatrist at the Montreal Neurological Institute/MUHC, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and an associate member in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Ducharme studies morphometric analyses of structural MRI (e.g., cortical thickness) as an early diagnostic and prognostic biomarker of frontotemporal dementia.










Prof Rick Hoge

Associate Professor & Director, MRI Core

Rick has trained at McGill and has done research at Harvard Medical School, MIT, and the University of Montreal before returning to the MNI as our new Director of MRI Research. As such,  Rick is a key contact person to help you optimize and design your MRI studies on our large-bore 1.5-T and 3-T scanners and the 7-T small bore.










Prof Gassan Massarweh

Assistant Professor & Director, Cyclotron and Radiochemistry

Gassan (PhD, U Hamburg) has worked at UQAM, the MNI, then as Head of the Radiochemistry Unit at Dalhousie and as Head of Cyclotron at the CRCHUM. We are very fortunate that all BIC users can now benefit from Gassan’s tremendous experience in radiosynthesis. With Dr Jean-Paul Soucy (PET Medical Director), Gassan is a key resource person to make your PET projects successful.









Prof Alexey Kostikov

Assistant Professor, Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Unit

Alexey has trained in Chemistry at Saint-Petersburg State U (Russia) and at U of Georgia (USA). He worked at Syracuse U before joining our PET program in 2009, as a Research Associate and now as a faculty member. Alex specializes in the synthesis of radiotracers for basic and clinical neuroscience research. His current research focus is on new techniques for rapid and efficient radiolabeling of biologically active macromolecules such as peptides.