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, working on the physics and analysis of PET images.In 1984, he moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) at McGill where his research interests include multi-modal brain imaging with PET and MRI,structural network modeling and large-scale brain databasing.

He has published 581 peer-reviewed papers (ISI h-index = 118 ; Google h-index =179) and has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) during the 1990’s. Dr. Evans 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 positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He chaired the 4th International Conference on Human Brain Mapping in 1998 and is OHBM Chair for 2016-2017. In 2003 he received a CIHR Senior Scientist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the national Margolese Prize for Research into Human Brain Disorders, the Vezina Prize for Québec Neuroradiology and recognition as a Highly Cited Scientist (top 1%) for Neuroscience and Behaviour (102,816 citations, Google Scholar). In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


He is currently Co-Director of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health. He headed theData Coordinating Center for the NIH-funded multi-center MRI study of normal pediatric development. This project provides a web-accessible referencedatabase of normal maturation. The technologies developed here, notably (i) web-based imaging/behavioural database, LORIS (ii) automated MRI segmentation pipeline, (iii) brain-behavior correlation analysis, are now used in many multi-centre networks studying abnormal pediatric development and neurodegeneration. He leads network projects in grid-processing of large brain databases, both nationally and internationally (CBRAIN).

He is Founder and Director of Biospective Inc.,(, a CRO 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 (

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