The Computational Brain Anatomy (CoBrA) Laboratory is located at the Cerebral Imaging Centre at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (Verdun, QC, Canada; affiliated with McGill University). Our laboratory is interested the anatomy of the brain and how it matures through adolescence, how it stays healthy through the normal ageing process, and how alterations in brain anatomy are related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia. To do so, we use and develop sophisticated computation neuroanatomy techniques that are able to automatically parse the geomtric complexity of brain anatomy. Our group is a multi-disciplinary group of neuroscientists, computer scientists, engineers, and physicists all working towards a common goal of improving our understanding of the structure-function relationships of the brain through health and illness. We publicly disseminate much of the algorithmic and atlas work that we do in an effort to promote open and reproducible science.

Congratulations to Stephanie on receiving the IPN Master's Recruitment Award!

Newly admitted M.Sc. student Stephanie Tullo was awarded the Master’s Recruitment Award from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience from McGill University. The IPN awards committee allocates $5,000 to newly applying students with a cumulative undergraduate GPAs greater than 3.70, with the goal of attracting top-flight undergraduate students to join the IPN Master’s program.

Congratulations, Raihaan on winning the BME Excellence Award!

M.Sc. student Raihaan Patel recently won the BME Excellence Award from McGill University’s Biomedical Engineering. The $10,000 award recognizes excellent performance in the BME graduate program and will go towards supporting Raihaan’s work on hippocampus myeloarchitecture for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Congratulations to Rob on graduating from the IPN program with a M.Sc. in Neuroscience!

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Rob on graduating with a degree of M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience with a 4.0 average GPA from McGill University!

In addition to completing his master’s thesis entitled “The human memory circuit: methodological development, validation, and implementation for the complete volumetric assessment of extra-hippocampal white matter and subfield structures in healthy and pathological aging”, Rob was also involved in various projects during his time at the CoBrA lab. Specifically, he was involved in the volumetric investigation for ADvance Alzheimer’s deep brain stimulation trial, the investigation of neuroanatomical structural changes in depression, the generation of harmonized hippocampal subfield segmentation protocol with Hippocampal Subfield Segmentation Group, and the development of segmentation protocol for the Medial Temporal Lobe cortices.

Outside of the lab, Rob was recruited as a member of McGill University Pharmacology and Therapeutics Cyclic Review Board, a member of 3 Minute Thesis Board, Brain Reach Program, Post Graduate Student Society (PGSS), Neuroscience Graduate Student Mentorship Program, and Basic Business Skills for Scientists.

He is currently looking for opportunities in Ontario’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors while also simultaneously working on building his own Contract Research Organization for analysis of structural neuroimaging data called, Cerebrometrix.

The CoBrA lab would like to wish Rob the best of luck in his future endeavours!

Congratulations to Jake on graduating from the IPN program with a M.Sc. in Neuroscience!

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Jake on graduating with a degree of M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience from McGill University!

During his time at the CoBrA lab, Jake completed his master’s in Neuroscience at McGill University, with supervisors Dr. Mallar Chakravarty and Dr. Martin Lepage, where he investigated the neuroimaging and genetic correlates of persistent negative symptoms in first-episode psychosis; this work will soon be published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, and is in review at Schizophrenia Research.

Outside of the lab, Jake is a semi-professional musician who has arranged, conducted, recorded and produced music in numerous styles for varying media. He is the co¬founder and assistant director of PopTones Vocal Ensemble, and has recently released his first collection of solo music, entitled EVOLVE.

Jake is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Virginia Penhune. For more about Jake, visit jshenker.com.

The CoBrA lab would like to wish Jake the best of luck in his future endeavours!

Congratulations to Elisa on receiving the IPN's Returning Student Award!

Ph.D. student Elisa Guma recently won the Returning Student Fellowship Award from McGill University’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience. The $10,000 award will go towards supporting Elisa’s research investigating neuroanatomical phenotypes of risk and resilience in the development of neuropsychiatric diseases for the 2016-2017 academic year.