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CIM Welcomes Dr. Louis Collins of the Montreal Neurological Institute as Associate Member

last modified 2007-11-13 11:05

We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Louis Collins, PhD, Faculty member of the Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) of the Montreal Neurological Institute, to our Associate Membership affiliates of CIM.

Dr. Collins has collaborated extensively over the years with CIM Faculty members Professor Tal Arbel and Professor Kaleem Siddiqi on research related to image guided neurosurgery. Dr. Collins and his group develop computerized image processing techniques such as non-linear image registration, model-based segmentation and appearance-based segmentation to automatically identify, quantify and characterize structures within the human brain. These techniques are applied to large databases of magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) data from normal subjects to quantify anatomical variability and to characterize the morphological changes associated disease. The data derived can be used for diagnosis and prognosis and to help study natural history of disease and to improve understanding of disease pathology. In image-guided neurosurgery (IGNS), these techniques provide the surgeon with computerized tools to assist in integrating and interpreting anatomical, functional and vascular imaging data, permitting the effective planning and execution of minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures. These techniques are applied in image guided neurosurgery and disease diagnosis, prognosis and quantification for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, schizophrenia and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's dementia.

Dr. Collins is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Director of the Image Processing Lab of the MNI.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Collins and his large, dynamic group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to our CIM community.