Skip to content. Skip to navigation
CIM Menus

SOCS Colloquium

Computational approaches for multimodal electrophysiology and imaging

Sylvain Baillet
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery McGill University

May 25, 2018 at  11:55 AM
Macdonald Engineering Room 267


The neuroscience of brain systems is a challenging, multidisciplinary field, requiring the analysis and combination of complex data from multiple origins. In that respect, functional brain imaging techniques have revolutionized clinical and experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In this short crash course, we will review the principles of electromagnetic brain mapping, a unique functional neuroimaging modality with millisecond resolution. We will emphasize the specific role of (MEG) magnetoencephalography source imaging in bridging the gap between a range of spatial and temporal scales to elucidate the dynamical mechanisms of brain functions in relation to behavior and pathology. The course will be followed by a hands-on demonstration of Brainstorm (bring your laptop to play along!), a user-friendly open-source software application developed in the Baillet lab and collaborators, for advanced brain data analytics and visualization


Sylvain Baillet is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and the inaugural Director of the magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging core of the Neuro. He is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Computer Science at McGill University.
Sylvain Baillet graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in Applied Physics (France) and obtained his Ph.D. summa cum laude in Physics from the University of Paris (Paris-XI), in 1998. Prof Baillet has an international career profile, having held positions in France, the USA and Canada. He was a Research Associate at the Signal and Image Processing Institute of the University of Southern California before joining the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France) as a tenured Principal Investigator in 2000. He became the head of the Brain Imaging group at the Cognitive Neuroscience & Brain Imaging CNRS Laboratory in 2005, at La Salpetriere University Hospital in Paris. In 2008, he took a position as Associate Professor of Neurology & Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and became the founding Scientific Director of the MEG Program at Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee (USA). He joined the Montreal Neurological Institute in 2011 and founded the MNI’s MEG core program. Between 2013 and 2017, Dr. Baillet was the Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), the MNI’s multimodal core platform and research center entirely dedicated to brain imaging science. Under his leadership, the BIC went through outstanding growth, with the recruitment of 6 new faculty members, 9 highly-qualified support staff, and more than $6.2M received in infrastructure grants; in addition, BIC Principal Investigators obtained transformative grants e.g., a $17.8-M project to install the first ultra-high field human MRI scanner in Quebec. Dr. Baillet's full biography can be found at: Sylvain Baillet