Bernard Mazoyer (retired)

Bernard Mazoyer was a Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging at Bordeaux University Hospital and Medical School. His research focused on the quantification of sources of variances in brain morphology and function, and the identification of early MRI-markers if brain aging, thanks to population neuroimaging combining MRI, psychometrics and genomics.

A graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan (1972), PhD in Biomathematics (1983) and MD (1985), Bernard Mazoyer stayed as a post-doctoral fellows in UC Berkeley in the field of new medical imaging techniques(1984 – 1985). Upon his return, he became an engineer at the Atomic Energy Commission in charge of the positron emission tomography program, then Professor in Paris 7 University Medical school and hospital (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Robert Debré, 1990-1997) and later at Caen University medical school and hospital (radiology and medical imaging, 1997-2011), where he was also the Director  the Cyceron Public Interest Group, a biomedical imaging platform, from 2002 to 2011. In 2012 he moved to the Bordeaux where he is Professor at Bordeaux University hospital and medical school (neuroradiology). Bernard Mazoyer is a pioneer of brain imaging techniques and their applications to the study of cerebral bases of cognitive functions in normal and neuropathological conditions. In 1989 he co-founded the GIN, with Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer and Marc Joliot. It was the first cognitive neuroimaging team in France, which he led until 2016. He is also one of the pioneers of population-based neuroimaging, which allows the study of cerebral aging through the analysis of very large multimodal databases, and is member of the CHARGE and ENIGMA consortia. He was at the origin of the creation in 1997 of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, of which he was twice the Elected Chairman. Co-author of more than 300 scientific publications, his work received more than 30,000 citations. He was elected a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2001 and received the 1993 Seymour Cray Prize in intensive numerical computation and the 2002 Dagnan-Bouveret Prize of the National Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.

Scientific domains : neuroscience, cognition, maturation, aging, neuroimaging, PET, MRI, population imaging, neuroimaging genetics