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Neuroimaging and Neuroinformatics

The Neuroimaging & Neuroinformatics research group at The Neuro regroups researchers interested in developing, advancing and using multimodal brain imaging methods and computational techniques.

The group revolves around two strong core entities for data collection and analysis: the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre and the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience.

The world-renown McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) is dedicated to neuroimaging research for comprehending the mechanisms that underlie cognition and to advancing our understanding of brain disorders. The BIC focuses on cutting-edge, multi-modal, in-vivo neuroimaging (eg., high-field human and animal MRI, with capacity for simultaneous high-density EEG, SPECT, high-resolution human PET and small animal PET, a research-dedicated cyclotron and GMP/GLP radiochemistry, real-time MEG, EEG, electrophysiology, trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, etc.), and a strong backbone of basic image processing methods, complemented with infrastructure for large-scale data analysis, in coordination with the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN).  

The MCIN constitutes the neuroinformatics component of the recently launched Ludmer Center for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health.  MCIN conducts computationally-intensive brain research using innovative mathematical and statistical approaches to integrate clinical, psychological or neuroimaging phenotypes with genotypic information.  These principles are applied to research questions in neurology, psychiatry and developmental neurobiology.

The Neuroimaging & Neuroinformatics group offers a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment that is open, collaborative, interdisciplinary and catalytic for basic and clinical neuroscience research.  It is one of the largest scientific communities in North America dedicated solely to brain imaging and related computational techniques.  We nurture collaborations with leading experts in other fields of neuroscience (from molecular to cognition) at The Neuro, McGill, across the Montreal region and internationally.

As the recent major shift in neurology and psychiatry is to focus less on syndromes and more on brain mechanisms, the Neuroimaging & Neuroinformatics group is in a unique position to continue its evolution from simply mapping functional systems and behavior to the holistic integration of the multiple scales and dimensions (temporal, spatial, connections) that embed brain activity.

Overall, our vision is that multimodal imaging and associated integrative computational techniques are at the heart of this revolution. They represent a rapidly-evolving field of research at the convergence between neurobiological mechanisms and behavior, between animal disease models and clinical neuroscience and patients, between experimental neuropsychology, genetics and cognition.

In summary, our group aspires to remain a pivotal component of The Neuro in the overarching vision of conducting current and future clinical and basic neuroscience research at multiple spatial (from sub-millimeter to the whole-brain) and temporal scales (from milliseconds to development and aging) in multiple dimensions (phenotypes and genotypes).

Group Leader
Julien Doyon

The Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital is a McGill University research and teaching institute; delivering the highest quality of care to patients, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. The Neuro is proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.