D. Louis Collins, Ph.D.


Professor – NeuroImaging and Surgical Technologies

Dr. Collins is a full professor in the departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering, associate member of the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill, and associate member of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging. He teaches BDME650, the Advanced Medical Imaging course in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He heads the NeuroImaging and Surgical Technologies (NIST) laboratory in the Brain Imaging Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University.

In the NIST lab, Our research involves automated anatomical segmentation and atlasing in a neurological and neurosurgical context. Computerized image processing techniques, such as non-linear image registration and model-based segmentation, are used to automatically identify structures within the human brain. These techniques are applied to a large database of magnetic resonance (MR) data from normal subjects to quantify anatomical variability and to compare the brains of people with a neurological disease to the brains of healthy controls. In image guided neurosurgery (IGNS), similar techniques provide the surgeon with computerized tools to assist in interpreting anatomical, functional and vascular image data to effectively plan and carry out minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedures. He is the Graduate Program Director in Biomedical Engineering and Graduate Program Director in Biological and Biomedical Engineering.

Most of our work is described within the context of the NIST lab. However, there are some links below that might be of interest:

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