Brain data for all

Brain data for all

January 27, 2014

Alan Evans of McGill University speaks at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver in 2012 as part of the Dialogues lecture series, organized by the CFI and The University of British Columbia.

A project at McGill University combines computer science, mathematics, engineering, medical physics and neuroscience to take brain research to a whole new level. CBRAIN is a national web-accessible computational platform that allows the five leading brain-imaging centres in Canada — the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital; the Rotman Research Institute at the University of Toronto; the Robarts Research Institute at Western University; Unité de Neuroimagerie Fonctionnelle at Université de Montréal; and the Division of Neurology at The University of British Columbia — to share resources to more quickly process, analyze, exchange and visualize brain-imaging data gathered from around the world. By accessing the large volume of data, scientists are able to perform statistical analyses, such as the structure and function of the brain, which improves clinical trials and speeds up the introduction of new pharmaceuticals and surgical interventions, to the benefit of patients. In this video, Alan Evans, lead researcher of the project and professor in McGill’s departments of neurology and neurosurgery, biomedical engineering and medical physics, explains how CBRAIN is turning reams of data into invaluable insights into the subtleties of the human brain.