Research Profile- Dr. Alan Evans

Research Summary for Dr. Alan Evans


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Dr. Alan Evans 


James McGill Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering

Research Description:

Professor Alan Evans did his PhD in biophysics at Leeds University in the UK, studying 3D protein folding. He spent 5-year at Atomic Energy of Canada, working on the physics and analysis of PET images. In 1984, he moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) at McGill where his research interests include multi-modal brain imaging with PET and MRI, structural network modeling and large-scale brain databasing.

He has published 400+ peer-reviewed papers and has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) during the 1990’s. Dr. Evans is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM). He was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), serving in numerous positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He chaired the 4th International Conference on Human Brain Mapping in 1998. In 2003 he received a CIHR Senior Scientist Award. He is P.I. of the Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research (MCBIR), a $35M initiative to link the BIC with six institutions investigating brain development and aging, cognitive neuroscience and addiction. MCBIR employs using MRI/PET/MEG and large-scale data processing for human and animal studies.

Dr. Evans heads the data coordinating center for a large NIH-funded multi-center MRI study of normal pediatric development. This project provides a web-accessible reference database of normal maturation. The technologies developed here, notably (i) web-based imaging/behavioral database, (ii) automated MRI segmentation pipeline, (iii) brain-behavior correlation analysis for volume- or surface-based data, are now used in a series of network collaborations studying abnormal pediatric development (MAVAN, IBIS, NeuroDevNet, GUSTO) and two multi-centre European initiatives to investigate Alzheimer’s Disease (AddNeuroMed and NeuGrid). He leads network projects in grid-processing of large brain databases, nationally (CBRAIN) and internationally (GBRAIN).

Dr. Evans is Founder and Director of Biospective Inc., (, a company that offers 3D image analysis for clinical/pre-clinical pharmaceutical studies.

Recent Publications:


BigBrain: An Ultrahigh-Resolution 3D Human Brain Model (article)

BigBrain: An Ultrahigh-Resolution 3D Human Brain Model (video)