[FieldTrip] Postdoctoral Position Available et the Montreal Neurological Institute

Christophe Grova christophe.grova at mcgill.ca
Wed Jul 17 16:11:58 CEST 2013

Postdoctoral Position Available et the Montreal Neurological Institute

Multimodal Functional Imaging Laboratory, Biomedical Engineering Dpt,

Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team composed of neurologists
and methodologists

within the Multimodal Functional Imaging Laboratory and in close
collaboration with the epilepsy

group of the Montreal Neurological Institute. A brief description of the
project can be found below.

The main role of the candidate will be to recruit patients, to assist data
acquisition and to identify

epileptic events on recorded signals. (S)he will be trained to contribute to
data acquisition and to

use dedicated source localization and data fusion techniques developed
locally. Initial appointment

is for 1 year, with possibility of renewal up to 3 years.

Project: Multimodal investigation of epileptic activity using simultaneous

EEG/MEG and EEG/NIRS acquisitions.

The proposed project aims at localizing and characterizing the generators of
epileptic activity using

simultaneous acquisitions of ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) with

(MEG), as well as simultaneous acquisitions of EEG with Near Infra-Red
Spectroscopy (NIRS).

ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) and Magneto-EncephaloGraphy (MEG) are
respectively measuring on the

scalp electric and magnetic fields generated by neuronal activity at a
millisecond scale, providing a detailed

description of brain activity using 275 MEG sensors and 56 EEG electrodes.
Combined with EEG measuring

brain electric activity on the scalp, NIRS allows studying hemodynamic
processes at the time of spontaneous

epileptic activity. The specificity of NIRS data is its ability to measure
local changes oxy-hemoglobin (HbO)

and deoxy-hemoglobin (HbR), exploiting absorption properties of infrared
light within brain tissue using

optic fibers placed on the surface of the head (temporal resolution: 10 ms,
16 sources x 32 detectors,

penetration: 2-3 cm from the surface of the head). The candidate will be
trained to use the first Brainsight

NIRS device developped by Rogue-Research Inc, with which we were able to
record promising preliminary


While methodological developpments in the lab will consist in 3D
reconstruction of the generators of

EEG, MEG and NIRS signals and assessing multimodal concordances between
bioelectrical neuronal signals

and hemodynamic processes, the purpose of this Postdoctoral project will be
to assess the integrity of

neurovascular coupling processes at the time of epileptic discharges, using
a unique multimodal

environment involving EEG/MEG, EEG/NIRS and also EEG/fMRI recordings. Close
collaborations with the

epilepsy group of the Montreal Neurological Institute, involving notably Dr
E. Kobayashi MD-PhD, Dr F.

Dubeau MD-PhD and Dr. J. Gotman PhD, will provide access to patient
populations and additional clinical

expertise for this project.

Requirements: The candidate should be an MD (neurologist) with previous
training in epileptology and

neurophysiology (EEG). Expertise in analyzing MEG or NIRS signals and/or
computational skills including

neuroimaging softwares are appreciated additional qualification. The
candidate should be fluent in English

(and if possible French) due to the patient population studied.

Supervisor: Christophe Grova Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery

Director of the Multimodal Functional Imaging Laboratory

Email: christophe.grova at mcgill.ca

Multi FunkIm Lab: http://www.bic.mni.mcgill.ca/ResearchLabsMFIL/HomePage

Please send your CV, a motivation letter and reference letters to
christophe.grova at mcgill.ca

Christophe Grova, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering Dpt
Neurology and Neurosurgery Dpt

Multimodal Functional Imaging Lab (Multi FunkIm)
Montreal Neurological Institute
Centre de Recherches en Mathématiques

Biomedical Engineering Department - Room 304 McGill University
3775 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2B4
email : christophe.grova at mcgill.ca
tel : (514) 398 2516
fax : (514) 398 7461

MultiFunkIm Lab: 


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