Brain Imaging Centre

Director: Mallar Chakravarty, PhD

The Douglas Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) is a new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to conducting preclinical and clinical brain imaging research in the field of mental health. It was conceived as an incubator for translational research, where animal imaging studies would serve to enrich the knowledge base derived from human studies and vice versa.

Our mission is to foster the development of novel biomarkers for early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuropsychiatric conditions. Our centre houses a 3T Siemens Prisma Fit MRI for human imaging and a 7T Bruker Biospec small animal MRI scanner.

Expert staff is available to provide support for project design, acquisition, and analysis. In addition, we provide project-specific conceptual design, 3D printing and prototyping as well as hardware (coil design and production) facilities. Our team is composed of traditional and computational neuroscientists, fundamental and clinical research investigators, image analysts, MRI physicists, and trained technologists.

The BIC’s capabilities for human research include: structural, functional and diffusion human MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and MRI compatible TMS-fMRI. For preclinical research, we perform anesthetized and awake small animal structural and functional imaging (fMRI) as well as combination of opto-fMRI studies in awake animals.

Please note that in light of the ongoing COVID-19-related public health situation, specific protocols have been developed to ensure a safe work environment at all times.

Please consult the SOPs here for:
Physical distancing
Animal MRI
Human MRI 



If you want to learn more about scanning at the Douglas Brain Imaging Centre please visit their website at:

The Douglas CIC Staff

Mr. Jeremie Fouquet, Coordinator, Preclinical Bruker 7T MRI Unit  

Ms. Danaé Lussier Dumouchel, Senior MR Technologist, Clinical Siemens 3T MRI Unit 

Dr. Gabriel Devenyi, Research Computing Associate, Douglas CIC

Ms. Sricharana Rajagopal, fMRI Image Analyst, Douglas CIC

Dr. Yalin Chen, Software Developer & Database Manager, Douglas CIC