Boris Bernhardt, PhD

Boris Bernhardt, PhD
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Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Head of Multimodal Imaging and Connectome Analysis Lab
BIC Core Faculty

Bernhardt uses epilepsy as a model for studying aspects of cognition in the hope of improving diagnostics and treatment. He is excited to be among the wave of newly hired young scientists bringing innovative technologies to The Neuro.

Boris Bernhardt is a cognitive scientist with expertise in neuroimaging, network neuroscience, and statistical learning. He joined McGill as Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2016 and heads the Multimodal Imaging and Connectome Analysis Lab.

His group develops integrative analytics to study large-scale brain organization, connectivity, and neurodevelopment. One focus is the study of individual differences in connectome architecture in developing and adult populations, and the relation to variability in high-level cognition and socio-affective competences. His team studies healthy and diseased populations, notably drug-resistant epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders, two common and persistent conditions of early onset.

Bernhardt's research is funded by NSERC, FRQS, SickKids Foundation and CIHR. He serves as Academic Editor for PLoS One and Frontiers in Psychiatry. His contributions to neuroimaging and connectome analysis of healthy and diseased brains were recognized by several awards, including the 2017 Michael Prize of the International League Against Epilepsy.

Selected publications: 

Adler, S., Hong, S. J., Liu, M., Baldeweg, T., Cross, J. H., Bernasconi, A., . . . Bernasconi, N. (2018). Topographic principles of cortical fluid-attenuated inversion recovery signal in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia, 59(3), 627-635. 10.1111/epi.14017 Link to item

Whelan, C. D., Altmann, A., Botia, J. A., Jahanshad, N., Hibar, D. P., Absil, J., . . . Sisodiya, S. M. (2018). Structural brain abnormalities in the common epilepsies assessed in a worldwide ENIGMA study. Brain : A Journal of Neurology, 141(2), 391-408. 10.1093/brain/awx341 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Di Martino, A., Valk, S. L., & Wallace, G. L. (2017). Neuroimaging-based phenotyping of the autism spectrum. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 30, 341-355. 10.1007/7854_2016_438 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Fadaie, F., Vos de Wael, R., Hong, S. J., Liu, M., Guiot, M. C., . . . Bernasconi, N. (2017). Preferential susceptibility of limbic cortices to microstructural damage in temporal lobe epilepsy: A quantitative T1 mapping study. Neuroimage, S1053-8119(17)30471-8 Link to item

Hong, S. J., Valk, S. L., Di Martino, A., Milham, M. P., & Bernhardt, B. C. (2017). Multidimensional neuroanatomical subtyping of autism spectrum disorder. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), , 1-11. 10.1093/cercor/bhx229 Link to item

Valk, S. L., Bernhardt, B. C., Bockler, A., Trautwein, F. M., Kanske, P., & Singer, T. (2017). Socio-cognitive phenotypes differentially modulate large-scale structural covariance networks. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), 27(2), 1358-1368. 10.1093/cercor/bhv319 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Bernasconi, A., Liu, M., Hong, S. J., Caldairou, B., Goubran, M., . . . Bernasconi, N. (2016). The spectrum of structural and functional imaging abnormalities in temporal lobe epilepsy. Annals of Neurology, 80(1), 142-153. 10.1002/ana.24691 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Bernasconi, N., Hong, S. J., Dery, S., & Bernasconi, A. (2016). Subregional mesiotemporal network topology is altered in temporal lobe epilepsy. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), 26(7), 3237-3248. 10.1093/cercor/bhv166 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Bonilha, L., & Gross, D. W. (2015). Network analysis for a network disorder: The emerging role of graph theory in the study of epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior : E&B, 50, 162-170. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.06.005 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Hong, S. J., Bernasconi, A., & Bernasconi, N. (2015). Magnetic resonance imaging pattern learning in temporal lobe epilepsy: Classification and prognostics. Annals of Neurology, 77(3), 436-446. 10.1002/ana.24341 Link to item

Valk, S. L., Di Martino, A., Milham, M. P., & Bernhardt, B. C. (2015). Multicenter mapping of structural network alterations in autism. Human Brain Mapping, 36(6), 2364-2373. 10.1002/hbm.22776 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., Valk, S. L., Silani, G., Bird, G., Frith, U., & Singer, T. (2014). Selective disruption of sociocognitive structural brain networks in autism and alexithymia. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), 24(12), 3258-3267. 10.1093/cercor/bht182 Link to item

Bernhardt, B. C., & Singer, T. (2012). The neural basis of empathy. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 35, 1-23. 10.1146/annurev-neuro-062111-150536 Link to item

Steinbeis, N., Bernhardt, B. C., & Singer, T. (2012). Impulse control and underlying functions of the left DLPFC mediate age-related and age-independent individual differences in strategic social behavior. Neuron, 73(5), 1040-1051. 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.12.027 Link to item

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