Alan Evans, PhD
Co-Director, Ludmer Centre
McConnell Brain Imaging Centre
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 University Street, Room WB208
Montréal, QC, H3A 2B4
Telephone: +1 514 398-8926
Dr Evans is the Director of the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN), a 60-member research and informatics team at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro). He is also is a James McGill Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Scientific Director of three initiatives aimed at advancing innovative neuroinformatics research: the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative, and the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health.
Area of Research
Dr Evans is a world-renowned authority on brain mapping through the use of imaging technologies. He heads the Canadian network for large-scale grid-processing of brain imaging data (CBRAIN); developed a widely used web-access database software for neuroimaging research, LORIS; and founded Biospective Inc. He employs high-performance computing to integrate imaging, behavioural, genetic and epigenetic data in brain research, including neurological and psychiatric disorders. One of Dr Evans’ signature achievements was creating the Montreal Neurological Institute-reference brain, the most frequently used spatial reference system for cataloguing structural and functional data for both normal and diseased brains. He also co-led the Big Brain Project, in which scientists sliced a human brain into 7,400 wafer-thin sheets and then digitally reconstructed it, allowing for deeper understanding of the brain’s anatomy and its pathophysiology.
Publications & Impact Profile: Dr Evans was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in November 2015 and awarded the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize by the University of British Columbia in 2014. He is among the top 1% of researchers in Neuroscience and Behaviour and the 2015 Chair-Elect of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
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