Three decades of innovation and discovery
Founded by Dr. Willam Feindel in 1984, the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) affiliated to the Neuro, McGill University, is a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary, research-dedicated, neuroimaging center internationally recognized for its technical and methodological advances in the acquisition and analysis of multimodal imaging data, as well as for its seminal discoveries related to structural, functional and molecular mechanisms of the healthy and diseased brain.
Twenty-nine internationally-recognized principal investigators assisted by some 300 postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and McGill University students annually produce on average more than 270 scientific papers covering a wide spectrum of research domains (e.g., from the development of imaging data collection protocols and analysis pipelines to applications in cognitive neuroscience and neurology), functions of the central nervous system (e.g., motor, auditory, memory, vision, etc.) as well as the study of the effects of neurological and psychiatric conditions and their treatment approaches.
As members of Canada’s largest neuroimaging facility, BIC’s investigators can employ the gamut of leading-edge equipment including a 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the first-ever full-body 7T MRI scanner installed in Canada and a 7T preclinical MRI system. In addition, our researchers can already use a human high-resolution positron emission tomograph (PET) and a preclinical micro-PET scanner, but will soon have access to the first commercially-available, Health Canada approved, ultra-high resolution (1.3 mm) PET camera in Canada; the latter molecular imaging facilities being supported by a radiochemistry unit capable of synthesizing and producing the world's largest repertoire of radiopharmaceuticals probes. Finally, BIC members have access to a 275-channel CTF magnetoencephalography (MEG)scanner and to other instruments like electroencephalography, electrophysiology and optical imaging recording devices as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment.
A world-renowned Neuroimaging and Neuroinformatics Center
BIC’s massive data collection are managed by a team of international leaders in neuroinformatics and open science, who are developing publicly-accessible software environments that are suitable for multimodal BIG data analysis, mining and sharing with institutions around the world.
In addition to giving neuroimaging and neuroinformatics service to the BIC Faculty members and more than 90 external principal investigators, numerous clinical trials undertaken at The Neuro rely on the imaging capacity at the BIC, where more than 3800 scans are performed annually.
Finally, BIC researchers continue to have notable success forming biomedical spinoff companies that translate data into valuable research and clinical use.