Welcome to the BIC!
The McConnell Brain Imaging Centre is everything about neuroimaging
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.
The BIC is one of the world largest research centres and service platform entirely dedicated to neuroimaging. Our center 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, small-bore 7T and in 2016/17, the first 7T large-bore scanner in Quebec), 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 >30,000 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`
Iness Hammami (PhD)
Research Assistant, Cyclotron
Iness will be responsible for the synthesis and quality control of FDG radiopharmaceutical for PET imaging. Iness has obtained her Bachelor degree in Chemical – Biopharmaceutical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. She pursued doctoral studies in Metabolic Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, in collaboration with the Instituto Oncologico Veneto (Italy). Her research focused on metabolic events in immunosuppression, in the context of identifying novel targets for immunotherapy. After graduating in 2011, she was a postdoc fellow at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal where she specialized in metabolic modeling. In 2013, she joined McGill as post-doctoral fellow in the department of Microbiology and Immunology where she investigated the metabolic profile of tolerogenic and activated dendritic cells.
Qian Ying (Sandy) Li (MSc)
Research Assistant, Cyclotron
Sandy has obtained her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from McGill University. Her first profesional experience has been with Agat Laboratories, as Analytical Chemist. She then completed her training with a Masters degree in Chemistry at Concordia University in 2012. Her research project focused on the development of bimodal nanoparticles based contrast agents for MRI and optical imaging. She now specializes in the synthesis of lanthanide complexes, lanthanide doped nanoparticles and the surface functionalization of nanoparticles for biological application. Sandy is one of our newest recruits of our Cyclotron unit: she is responsible for the synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals for PET imaging.
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).
Prof Simon Ducharme
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 & 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 & Radiochemistry
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.