Alan C Evans, PhD

James McGill Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Biomedical Eng.
McGill University

Professor Alan Evans did his PhD in biophysics at Leeds University in the UK, studying 3D protein folding. He spent 5-year at Atomic Energy of Canada as a PET physicist. In 1984, he moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill where his research interests include multi-modal brain imaging with PET or MRI, structural network modeling and large-scale neuroinformatics.

He has published 693 peer-reviewed papers (ISI h-index = 130 ; Google h-index =202) and has been recognized as a Highly Cited Scientist (top 1%) for Neuroscience and Behaviour (169,095 citations, Google Scholar) from 2014-2021. He was ranked #6 by Science magazine in its list of most influential brain scientists of the modern era. Currently, he is ranked #32 in a list of the world’s top 100 scientists in Medical and Health Sciences. He has held numerous leadership roles, notably Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) during the 1990’s. He headed the Data Coordinating Center for the NIH-funded multi-center MRI Study of Normal Pediatric Development. He is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM). He was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), serving in numerous leadership positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He chaired the 4th international OHBM conference in 1998 and was appointed OHBM Chair in 2017.

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He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work. In 2003 he received a CIHR Senior Scientist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the national Margolese Prize for Research into Human Brain Disorders and the Vezina Prize for Québec Neuroradiology. In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and, in 2016, he was awarded the Prix du Québec (Wilder Penfield). In 2017, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and awarded the Senate of Canada 150 Medal. In 2018, he was awarded the Heinz Lehmann Prize for services to Neuropsychopharmacology, the Victor Dahdaleh Chair in Neurosciences and the Club de Recherches Clinique du Québec Mentorship Prize. In 2019, he was awarded the OHBM Glass Brain Award, its highest honour for career contributions to the field of brain mapping. In 2020, he received the Izaak Walton Killam Prize for lifetime achievement. In 2021, he received the Royal Society of Canada McLaughlin Medal for important research of sustained excellence.

He is currently Co-Director of both the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and the Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics Learning Laboratory (HIBALL). He is Scientific Director of McGill’s $84M CFREF project “Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives” (HBHL) and Scientific Director of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP). The technical infrastructure underpinning CONP includes a multi-modal databasing system (LORIS) and an international grid-processing portal (CBRAIN), both developed in Evans’ MCIN lab. These platforms also support international brain networks, notably the Canada-China-Cuba Axis and the Global Brain Consortium, both co-chaired by Evans.

Finally, he is a Founder of Biospective Inc., a Contract Research Organization that offers 3D image analysis for clinical/pre-clinical pharmaceutical studies.


Career History

1979-1984: Physicist: PET program, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
Data acquisition, image reconstruction, physiological kinetics.

1984-1990: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology/Neurosurgery, McGill U.

1988-1990: Assistant Professor, Medical Physics Unit, McGill U.

1988-1994: Co-director, NeuroImaging Laboratory, McConnell
Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)

1989-1994: Head, Tomograph Facility, Positron Imaging Laboratories,
McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, MNI

1990-1995: Associate Prof., Dept. of Neurology/Neurosurgery, Dept. of
Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics Unit, McGill U.

1993-1994: Acting Coordinator, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, MNI

1994-1999: Coordinator, Positron Imaging Laboratories, MNI
Coordinator, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, MNI

1995-present: Professor, Dept. of Neurology/Neurosurgery, Dept. of
Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics Unit, McGill U.
Associate Member., Dept. of Electrical Engineering, McGill U.

2000-present: Director, Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research

2000-present Founder, Biospective Inc (http://www.biospective.com)

2014-present Co-Director, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health

2016-present: Scientific Director, McGill Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Initiative

Academic Training

1971-1974: B.Sc. 1st Class Honours, Physics, Liverpool University
B.Sc. General Mathematics, Liverpool University

1974-1975: M.Sc. Medical Physics, Surrey University
Thesis: “ Negative Pions in Radiotherapy ”

1975-1978: Ph.D. Biophysics, Leeds University
Thesis: “ The development and application of an interactive
computer graphics system in the study of protein structure “


Summary Research Statistics

For a full listing, please see the Google Scholar page 


Honours and Recognition

1990: Member, National Academy of Science Task Force: National Neural Circuitry Database
1991: Member, National Academy of Science Committee on Imaging of Biological Events
1993-99, 2014-17: Governing Council, Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
1999: Computerworld Smithsonian Award Laureate
2002: Authors Panel: Long Range Plan for High Performance Computing in Canada
2003: CIHR Senior Scientist Award
2009: James McGill Professorship Award
2010: Board of Directors, Compute Canada
2014: Jean-A. Vezina Prize for contributions to Quebec Neuroradiology
2014: Margolese National Prize in Human Brain Disorders
2014: Scientific Advisory Council, Brain Canada
2015: Inducted, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2016: Chair, Organization for Human Brain Mapping
2016: Wilder Penfield Prix du Québec
2016: Ranked in top ten (#6) most influential neuroscientists of modern era by Science Magazine
2017: Inducted, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
2017: Senate of Canada 150 Medal
2018: Heinz Lehmann Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Neuropsychopharmacology
2018: Victor Dahdaleh Chair in Neurosciences
2018: Club de Recherches Clinique du Québec Mentorship
Prize
2019: OHBM Glass Brain Award for career contributions to the field of brain mapping
2020: Izaak Walton Killam Prize for lifetime achievement