Congratulations to Emily on winning a 2018 Brain@McGill Undergraduate Prize

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Emily Snook on being awarded the 2nd place Brain@McGill Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research. This Brain@McGill prize is part of an essay competition for the “most outstanding neuroscience essay written by a McGill undergraduate student” based on their research during their undergraduate degree. Emily was awarded the 2nd place prize for her research investigating the impact of maternal immune activation (MIA) as a risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorder, with a specific focus on early postnatal life in an MIA mouse model.

Congratulations to Alexandra on receiving a M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Alexandra on graduating with a degree of M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from the Biological and Biomedical Engineering Program from McGill University!

Alexandra completed her master’s thesis entitled “Discriminating between schizophrenia subtypes using clustering and supervised learning” in June 2018. For her Master’s, Alex aimed to characterize the heterogeneity in a schizophrenia population by deriving subgroups from clinical data, and predict individual clinical profiles from neuroanatomical measures using machine learning techniques.

Alex is currently looking for opportunities where she can continue to explore data mining and machine learning. The CoBrA lab wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavours!

New MAGeT-Brain Atlases available for the Striatum, Globus Pallidus and Thalamus

New atlases of the striatum, globus pallidus and thalamus has been created and are available for the MAGeT-Brain automated segmentation pipeline. Previously, segmentation of the striatum, globus pallidus and thalamus were generated from a single high-resolution and -contrast MRI atlas derived from annotated serial histological sections. However, in an effort to consolidate and improve the workflow of our segmentation pipeline, the creation and use of these five atlases of the striatum, globus pallidus and thalamus, along with three-dimensional surface rendering of these structures, will serve as a new set of priors for input. The creation of these atlases served to homogenize the MAGeT-Brain input atlases, allowing for simultaneous multi-structure segmentation of these subcortical structures along with the hippocampal subfields and white matter, and the cerebellum.

These atlases are available on our GitHub and are also available on our Figshare repository.

To learn more about the creation of these atlases, check out our Scientific Data paper, Warping an atlas derived from serial histology to 5 high-resolution MRIs

Congratulations to Elisa for Best Oral Presentation at the 2018 Research Day

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The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate fellow member Elisa Guma on winning third place for best oral presentation at the 2018 Research Day presented by the Douglas Institute Research Centre and McGill Department of Psychiatry. Elisa presented her work titled, “Mapping of Postnatal Neurodevelopment in Response to Early and Late Prenatal Maternal Immune Activation in Mice”.

Congratulations to the other winners, and to all students who presented!

Congratulations to Raihaan on receiving a FRQS Training Award!

Ph.D. student Raihaan Patel was awarded a Fonds de Recherche Santé du Québec (FRQS) Doctoral Training Award for his project titled “Une parcellisation multi-modale de l’hippocampe humaine in-vivo”. In this work, Raihaan will be using multimodal MRI data to investigate changes in the structure and function of the hippocampus throughout the lifespan.

For more information, please visit the FRQS website or check out the results for the FRQS Doctoral competition to learn more about the funded research projects.