Jacques-Donald Tournier

Jacques-Donald Tournier


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    Research interests

    FODs morphing into tracks

    My work is focused on the development and application of diffusion MRI methods, particularly those that relate to the characterisation of white matter and its connectivity. I have worked particularly on:

    I am currently interested in identifying the best imaging parameters for neonatal diffusion MRI, specifically for use in the Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP). I am also investigating methods for the analysis of multi-shell HARDI data


    Much of my research output is available for use in the open-source software package MRtrix, with the latest development efforts going into the next major release, MRtrix3 (already available, but currently still in beta).

    MRView - MRtrix3 version

    Biographical details

    I complete my PhD in 2003 under the supervision of Alan Connelly and Fernando Calamante in the UCL Institute of Child Health, In 2005, I joined the Brain Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, which was later amalgamated into the Florey Institutes of Neuroscience and Mental Health. In 2013, I joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at King's College London, working within the Department of Perinatal Imaging and Health, located within St Thomas's Hospital, London. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging and fibre tractography in the brain, UCL University College London

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

    Master of Science, Evaluation of trabecular bone architecture using MRI data, University of Cambridge

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

    Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1998


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