BIC Members are Leading the Way
In addition, many of us play a leadership role in various scientific initiatives, thereby stimulating collaborations on the provincial, national and international scenes. For example, J. Doyon was the founding director (2008-2019) of the Quebec Bioimaging Network (QBIN). The BIC is also a hub for major programs such as the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (A. Evans, J.-B. Poline), the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging, the Global Brain Consortium (A. Evans). Other BIC members are also acting as leaders for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Working Group on Brain Network Nomenclature (N. Spreng), the International League Against Epilepsy Neuroimaging Task Force (B. Bernhardt), the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction (M. Leyton), the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (D. Arnold), the International Epilepsy Neuroimaging Data Exchange Initiative and the International Multicentric Artificial Intelligence in Epilepsy Initiative (A. & N. Bernasconi) as well as the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (J.-B. Poline, A. Evans).
From Academic and Clinical Research to Industry
Several BIC members are also stimulating economic development in Quebec and Canada, as they have founded successful spin-off companies implicating the acquisition and analysis of multimodal neuroimaging data (e.g., NeuroRx [D. Arnold], Biospective [A. Evans, B. Bedell], "True-Positive Medical Devices" [L. Collins, S. Duchesne]). These entrepreneurial endeavors create numerous jobs for highly skilled staff in technology and software development applied to imaging devices and clinical trials.
A Highly Productive Environment
Faculty members of the BIC show an exceptional level of scientific productivity. Together, in the last 5 years, we have published 1,397 scientific papers (i.e., 279/year) in leading scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience), and received more than $104.5M (i.e., $20.9M/year) in research funding. Also worth noting is the fact that one of us (A. Evans) has lead a Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) grant initiative, which was awarded to McGill to support ($84M) a structuring project (Healthy Brain for Healthy Lives [HBHL]) in neuroscience.
BIC Researchers Have a Real Impact on Society and Economy
A Broad Impact on Society
The broad societal impact of the BIC stems from the very nature of the research performed at the Centre, which is at the convergence between clinical and cognitive neuroscience and cutting-edge biomedical engineering and large-scale neuroinformatics. A salient example is in the development of new imaging biomarkers for a wide spectrum of neurological and neuropsychiatric syndromes including neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s), Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. In sum, the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre is a one-of-a-kind resource in Quebec and Canada to achieve fundamental progress in brain imaging science and techniques, while being an excellent vehicle for industrial transfer and collaboration.