Dr. Alan Evans, PhD

Team Lead: Imaging

James McGill Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
Director, Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research


ACE Neuroimaging Laboratory


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Dr. Alan Evans trained in physics at Liverpool University in the U.K. He completed his PhD in biophysics (1979), studying the 3D folding patterns of protein structure and the binding of co-factors and substrates to enzymes. He then spent 5-years at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in Ottawa, working on the physics and biochemical analysis of positron emission tomography (PET) data.


In 1984, he moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) at McGill University in Montreal to continue his PET research. His research interests include multi-modal brain imaging with PET and MRI, image processing, and large-scale brain database analysis. During his 25 years at the MNI, he has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) during the 1990’s.


He is currently Director of the Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research (MCBIR), a $35M multi-center initiative to network the BIC with 6 other institutions engaged in research in psychiatry, neurology, development and aging, cognitive neuroscience, brain development and drug addiction and large-scale brain data processing. MCBIR provides the BIC with state-of-the-art equipment for human (MRI/PET/MEG) and animal (MRI/PET) studies as well as extensive computational resources.

Dr. Evans also heads the data-coordinating center for two large NIH-funded multi-center MRI studies of normal pediatric development and research on Aurism in infants. These projects provide a web-accessible reference database of normal and autistic maturation, both neuroanatomical and behavioral, for studies of normal and abnormal brain development. The methodologies developed for those projects, most notably (i) the web-based imaging/behavioral database, (ii) the automated MRI segmentation pipeline, and (iii) the brain-behavior correlation analysis for voxel-based (volumetric) or vertex-based (surface) data, are being used in a series of international collaborations on abnormal pediatric development and Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. Evans has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and holds numerous NIH and CIHR grants.  He is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM) and was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). In 1998, he chaired the 4th International Conference on Human Brain Mapping. He is on the scientific advisory board of numerous research programs in this field. In 2003 he received a prestigious Senior Scientist Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.