An asset for the industry and researchDelivering high-level skills to our trainees

Our trainees have gone on to the very best institutions around the word - >72 former BIC trainees are faculty members at e.g., Harvard, Stanford, Yale, NIH, Max Planck, Oxford, CNRS - and many have returned to Canada to set up new labs across the country e.g., for Canada only, Arbel (McGill), Descoteaux (U Sherbrooke), Duschesne (U Laval), Lerch (U of Toronto), Monchi (U of Montreal), Owen (U Western Ontario), Paus (Rotman, Baycrest), Rosa-Neto (Douglas), Strother (U of Toronto).

BIC faculty members and trainees have also been successful with creating spin-off companies: NeuroRx (Arnold), Biospectve (Bedell, Evans), Intelerad (a medical image archiving company with 100s of employees and sales offices across Canada, the US and Australia; Henry), True-Positive Medical Devices (Collins, Duschesne) and Rogue Research Inc. (Comeau). Overall these companies currently employ >350 HQP, most were trained at the BIC.

We train our HQPs as multi-disciplinary scientists and experts that straddle and move freely between conventional academic disciplines. They are intellectually flexible and become creative thinkers in high demand in both academia and industry. Our PET/Cyclotron Unit in particular provides a vital training environment in an area of specialization that few sites in Canada can offer.

The BIC offers training programs, workshops, lecture series, internal clubs and working groups throughout the year. See details below.

Graduate Studies

The BIC is a key component of McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN), one of the largest neuroscience graduate programs in North America. The IPN, comprising 160 faculty and 300 graduate students, ofers students a consolidated MSc/PhD program, with the BIC as one of its most sought-after placements.

We conservatively estimate that a total of >1,000 graduate trainees (> 350 MSc, 450 PhD and 320 PDF) have trained at the BIC since 2001. Over the past 5 years alone, we hosted about 100 national and international graduate students and PDFs (40% of trainees at the MNI) from multiple disciplines (Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Biophysics).

Multidisciplinary Research

Research at the BIC provides a variety of opportunities for students considering graduate studies in this field. To date, the majority of graduate students have been registered in these departments:

  • Integrated Program in NeuroScience (M.Sc. and Ph.D)
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)
  • Medical Physics (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)
  • Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng. and Ph.D.)
  • Medicine (see especially the M.D./Ph.D. program)
  • Computer Science (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)
  • Psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D.)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng. and Ph.D.)

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at the BIC, please visit the Graduate Studies website. It is advisable to contact the professor and department of interest to discuss research project possibilities.

Course Descriptions

See McGill's course listings site at this link.

NEUR507 : Topics in Radionuclidic Imaging

Topics in Radionuclidic Imaging aims to provide you with foundational knowledge of in vivo imaging using radioactive isotopes and is primarily focused on positron emission tomography (PET). PET has found research and clinical application in oncology, neuroscience and cardiology and is an especially powerful modality for imaging of neuroreceptors, cerebral blood flow and abnormal protein deposits in the brain. The course covers most of the topics related to PET from radiotracers design to image acquisition and reconstruction. Examples of PET clinical and research applications in the studies of various neurotransmission systems and misfolded protein accumulations as well as their implications in various neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric conditions will be explained. Understanding how medicinal chemistry, physics and math intermingle with the molecular biology and medicine will result in a deeper insight into the PET study design and the methods necessary to properly acquire and interpret the data.

For additional information please contact the course coordinator Dr. Alexey Kostikov (alexey.kostikov [at]

MDPH 607: Medical Imaging 

Medical Physics: This course is concerned with the principles of medical imaging as applied to conventional diagnostic radiography, X-ray computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The course emphasizes a linear system approach to the formation, processing, and display of medical images.

Offered by: Medical Physics Unit. Instructor: Dr. Ives Levesque.

BMDE 610: Functional Neuroimaging Fusion 

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineering: Multimodal data fusion of electrophysiology and functional neuroimaging data, including: detailed description of source localization methods for Electro- and MagnetoEncephaloGraphy data, analysis of brain hemodynamic activity through simultaneous recordings with electrophysiology, analysis and reconstruction of Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy data, modeling of the neurovascular coupling,validation methodology.

Offered by: Biomedical Engineering. Instructor: Dr. Christophe Grova.

BMDE 660 Advanced MRI/S of the Brain 

Biomedical Engineering: Advanced magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to investigate the structure, connectivity, chemistry and physiology of the brain, including data acquisition and reconstruction techniques, scanner hardware, and contrast mechanisms. Focus on neuroscience applications.

Offered by: Biomedical Engineering. Instructor: Dr. Christine Tardif.

Feindel Lecture Series

>>Click here<< to see the schedule of upcoming lectures in this series, as well as an archive of past events.

These lectures are named in honour of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984) and Founding Director of the BIC (1984–1988).

Dr. Feindel’s presence and contribution will be greatly missed at our weekly Brain Imaging Lectures, where he almost always asked the final, most-germane question of the day: one that usually bridged the clinical and research realms, and that brought together the past, the present, and the future of brain science.

To be notified about these lectures and all the other events going on at the BIC, please join the BIC-Announcements Mailing List.


    Workshops, retreats, clubs, and more

    • PET from A to Z: Comprehensive Workshop
    • Tackling Computational Challenges in Neuroscience with MATLAB
    • MRI Training Programs
    • Multimodal Training Programs


    MEG @ McGill Comprehensive Training Program

    Schedule and Registration

    BIC Scientific Retreat

    The McConnell Brain Imaging Center (BIC) held its inaugural scientific retreat, bringing together the Centre’s faculty, staff and students for a day filled with lively discussion, poster competition and a wonderfully engaging keynote speaker, Dr. Derek Jones, Director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center in Wales, UK, who is a world expert in the development of methods for diffusion magnetic resonance imaging.


    Journal clubs

    • MEG Journal Club
    • fMRI Journal Club
    • Open Methods Meetups
    • Brainstorm Training Workshops
    • FRSQ Quebec Bioimaging Network (QBIN)





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