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CREATE-MIA Summer School 2015

CREATE-MIA Summer School 2015

  • Technical skills
  • Student presentation
  • CREATE-MIA Event
  • Professional skills
  • Summer school
  • industrial partners
When May 19, 2015 10:00 AM to
May 21, 2015 05:00 PM
Attendees All CREATE-MIA Trainees
Industrial partners welcome.
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The third annual CREATE-MIA Summer School will be held May 19-21 at McGill.  The event will begin with a two day workshop on ANTs (Advanced Normalization Tools) given by its primary developers, Dr. Brian Avants and Dr. Nick Tustison, be followed by a full day of presentations of their research by the CREATE-MIA trainees.

Attendance at the ANTs Workshop is by invitation only.   All are welcome to the talks on May 21.

Details will be added to this page as they become available.


ANTs Workshop (May 19-20)

Advanced Normalization Tools (ANTs, originating at on 2008-06-26 and now residing at is a systematic framework for quantitative biological image analysis based on the Insight ToolKit (  ANTs was first created by Brian Avants and Nicholas Tustison as a way to rapidly disseminate our latest research to the community of scientists who depend on imaging analytics and to allow them to study different organ systems, species or modalities with the same sound foundation.  While originally focused on diffeomorphic image registration, ANTs grew to incorporate methods for segmentation, feature extraction and, more recently, full statistical pipelines via ANTsR ( ).  In 2014, there were nearly 2000 citations to ANTs and the software is cloned, downloaded or otherwise accessed over 100-200 times per week, on average.  This two day tutorial by the primary ANTs developers will introduce researchers to the framework’s basic ideas and applications.  The morning sessions will highlight ANTs use cases and research.  The afternoon sessions will show attendees how to use the system to analyze a multiple modality neuroimaging dataset derived from the freely available Pediatric Template of Brain Perfusion (

Brian Avants lives in Philadelphia and works at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Image Computing and Science Laboratory west of the Schuylkill River.  He enjoys solving new problems, developing algorithms, learning about neuroscience and facilitating reproducibility in scientific computing.  Collaboration topics include patient-specific studies of longitudinal change, pediatric neuroimaging, quantifying effects of early environment on brain development and studies of aging and neurodegeneration.  More recently, he has been learning about functional neuroimaging.  Dr. Avants contributes to the Insight ToolKit (ITK), Advanced Normalization Tools *ANTs*, ANTsR and other open-source projects.  The heart, lungs and other organs are also occasional topics of research.


Nick Tustison is currently an assistant professor in the department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia.  Although Charlottesville is beautiful, he resides on the opposite side of the country where he enjoys the gorgeous weather of the Los Angeles area.  Previous research areas have included analysis of hyperpolarized gas lung images and quantification of cardiac mechanics.  His stint at the Penn Image Computing and Science Laboratory (PICSL) with Brian Avants, James Gee, and others expanded his topics of interest to include neuroimaging research and open source software development such as the Insight Toolkit and Advanced Normalization Tools (ANTs).



CREATE-MIA Research Presentations

Alexandre Hutton, McGill, "Cross-species analysis of negative blood oxygenation and volume functional MRI responses"

Chris Donnelly, McGill, "Voxel Selection Templates for Medical Image Registration"

Etienne St-Onge, U. Sherbrooke, "Surface tracking from the cortical mesh"

Andrew Doyle, McGill, TBA

Zeshan Yao, McGill, "Simulation of laser profilometry"

Mahsa Dadar, McGill, "Automated Segmentation of White Matter Hyperintensities in Alzheimer's Disease"

Francois Rheault, U. Sherbrooke, "Challenges of surgical planning and assisted surgery"

Azar Zandifar, McGill, "Hippocampus atrophy as Alzheimer's biomarker: from Segmentation to Prediction"

Houssem-Eddine Gueziri, ÉTS, "User-Guided Graph Reduction for Fast Image Segmentation"

Babak Samari, McGill, "Path planning using flux graphs"

Shayan Rezvankhah, McGill, "Depth discrimination in cluttered 3D volumes"

Niladri Mohanty, McGill, "Laminar specific Current Source Density (CSD) based Prototype for Multi-contact Linear Electrode"

Damien Goblot, McGill, "Modeling Cardiac Mechanics"

Maor Zaltzhendler, McGill, "MS Lesion Segmentation"

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