february 2021

A new grant of 10,000 € by the University of Bordeaux to co-organise a hands-on worshop on neuroanatomy and tractography with the Anatomical institute in Munich

Neurosciences are making enormous strides now that there are advanced sequences available from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Thanks to these new techniques, we have learned quite a lot about the underlying structure of human cognitive functions. The use of neuroimaging data in cognitive and clinical studies is facilitated by the use of brain atlases. However, the human brain is highly variable and a strong anatomical understanding is essential to accurately read brain images and draw the correct conclusions for cognitive and clinical studies. One of the significant advantages of using neuroimaging to study brain anatomy is that it has vastly accelerated our gain of knowledge due to the possibility to scan large numbers of people (e.g. healthy volunteers or patients) and find coherent patterns in their architecture of the brain. Classical anatomical studies used to be conducted on post mortem specimens, which naturally and ethically limits the number of brains that can be studied. The unique advantage of postmortem studies is however the hands-on 3-dimensional understanding of the individual parts of the brain and how they interact with each other. As such, combining postmortem anatomical dissections with MRI-based neuroimaging methods offers a unique insight into the structure and function of the brain.
In combination with our colleagues in Munich we are organising a integrative neuroanatomy course to bring together the advantages of neuroimaging and postmortem anatomy. This combination makes our course the first of its kind in the world and offers the most comprehensive course on white matter anatomy.
If things go south, we are planning to do it online. If things work smoothly the plan is to hold one workshop in Bordeaux in 2021 and another workshop will be organised in Munich before or after the winter semester in 2021/2022. The venue will be the Laboratoire d’anatomie at the University of Bor- deaux and the Anatomical Institute in Munich.

january 2021

Nature communications focus on the Disconnectome









november 2020

Description of an atypical brain organization for language

The cerebral organization of language, initially described by nineteenth-century neurologists and typically located in the left hemisphere, has not finished revealing all its secrets. Researchers from the Neurofunctional Imaging Group (GIN, CEA / DRF / Institut Frédéric Joliot, CNRS, and Lire plus …

october 2020

The first functional atlas of brain connection

A collaborative work between a French CNRS research team led by Michel Thiebaut de Schotten and a British UCL team led by Parashkev Nachev has just produced the very first functional atlas of human cerebral white matter, mapping more than Lire plus …

june 2020

Interview of Stephanie Forkel, a new member of the GIN

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may 2020

WMCA, Word-List Multimodal Cortical Atlas, a new model of the neural organization of Word-List

The GIN has developed a new atlas of cortical areas of the neural organization of Word-List processing common to production, listening and reading tasks. This will be particularly interesting for assessing the neuroanatomical changes induced by language pathology, more particularly Lire plus …

july 2019

Neurosciences unlock the secret of the first abstract engravings

Long before Lascaux paintings, humans engraved abstract motifs on stones, shells or egg shells. the earliest are 540,000 years old. For the archaeologists who discovered these objects, the question is whether they are the result of unpurposive behaviour, the simple Lire plus …

june 2019

OHBM 25th Anniversary

The 25th meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) took place in Roma from 9 to 13 june.

Editorial otherview in Neuroimage 5 april 2019, by Aina Puce & Bernard Mazoyer.

25th anniversary of OHBM : the « Highlights » by Bernard Mazoyer (slideshow, coming soon the movie)


april 2019

In search of the genetic basis of the cerebral lateralization of language through an innovative alliance between functional imaging and full genome sequencing

For the vast majority of human beings, it is the left hemisphere of the brain that is dominant for various aspects of language processing. Only less than 1% of the adult population has an atypical inverted dominance of their right Lire plus …

Rather left brain or right brain?

A study conducted by Slava Karolis, Maurizio Corbetta and Michel Thiebaut de Schotten at the National centre for scientific research (CNRS) in France and the University of Padova in Italy was recently published in the journal Nature Communication. The authors Lire plus …

march 2019

Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer among the women scientists of a photographic exhibition in the Basque Country

Worker Science is a project created by Teknahi to show realistically and closely working women in the world of science. The exhibition is a pilot sample of this international project, fruit of the collaboration between Teknahi and the Okendo Cultural Centre, which offers the public the possibility of getting closer to the day-to-day life of working women who do science in our society.

It is a proposal accessible to all audiences, thanks to the opposing visions of photographers Elba Martínez and Javier Domínguez, along with audiovisuals, infographics, texts and thematic showcases that will help us understand and enjoy the world of science, so present, so distant, and women who with their effort and knowledge improve our world every day, trying to make it less ignorant, less superstitious and less dark.


january 2019

SENSAAS, a new atlas of the brain’s language areas

The GIN has just developed a new brain atlas of cortical areas of language integration. It will be particularly useful for cohort studies looking for the genetic bases of language regions or on the neuroanatomical changes associated with language pathology.  Lire plus …

How to study structure-function relationships in the cerebral cortex? The development of new neuroimaging markers is a promising solution.

The Planum Temporale (PT) is a region of the temporal lobe involved in processing language sounds that has a larger surface area in the left cerebral hemisphere than in the right. Geschwind, who discovered this asymmetry in 1968, had proposed Lire plus …

november 2018

Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, winner of a prestigious European Research Council Fellowship, will join GIN-IMN on September 1st, 2019

CNRS Bronze medalist for 2018, Michel Thiebaut de Schotten is Director of Research in neuropsychology and brain connectivity neuroimaging. His arrival at GIN-IMN, long-time planed, is scheduled for September 1st, 2019. Winner of the prestigious European Research Council Fellowship « Lire plus …

july 2018

Last pictures from GIN are available on the CNRS photo gallery

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june 2018

Visit the GIN-IMN latest results at OHBM 2018

november 2017

Is the planum temporale surface area a marker of hemispheric or regional language lateralization?

In 1968, Geschwind discovered that the planum temporale (PT), a temporal lobe region involved in language sounds processing, had a larger surface area in the left hemisphere than in the right. Because language is hosted by the left hemisphere in Lire plus …

The reliability of anatomical connectivity data of the human brain challenged by 20 international teams of research in diffusion imaging and tractography

Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) is used to reveal in vivo the white matter bundles of the human brain by measuring the diffusion of water molecules, especially along axons. It is then possible by tractography to reconstitute step by step the Lire plus …

september 2017

Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer participated in the forum “Science, Recherche et Société”

Sciences & Avenir and La Recherche organized for two days in September 2017 the Forum “Science, Recherche et Société” in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris. On the agenda: four plenary lectures, eight round tables, and some Lire plus …

Using supervised learning to predict hemispheric dominance for language production

A Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier predict patterns of hemispheric language dominance We used a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier to assess hemispheric pattern of language dominance of 47 individuals categorized as non-typical for language from their hemispheric functional laterality Lire plus …

may 2017

The GIN-IMN presents its recent results at NeuroFrance 2017

The NeuroFrance 2017 Congress took place from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 May at the Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux. The GIN-IMN featured scientific posters during the 3-days event. You will find these posters below. Wednesday 17th May Reliability of Lire plus …

Travel of Iseult, the largest and most powerful MRI magnet in the world

On Thursday, May 4, a giant magnet weighing 130 metric tons will leave the assembly plants in Belfort on its journey to the NeuroSpin research facility at the CEA’s Paris-Saclay Center (Essonne). The cutting-edge magnet, which will generate a magnetic Lire plus …

february 2017

Variations of planum temporale asymmetries with Heschl’s Gyri duplications and association with cognitive abilities

In healthy individuals, as in dyslexics, the left asymmetry of a temporal area involved in the processing of language sounds is associated with better verbal performances. This finding was made possible by taking account of individual anatomical variability in a Lire plus …

january 2017

When spatial attention is associated with hemispheric lateralization

The objective of this study was to validate a line bisection judgement (LBJ) task for use in investigating the lateralized cerebral bases of spatial attention in a sample of 51 right-handed healthy participants. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the Lire plus …

december 2016

Right hand or left hand ?

Asymmetries of the motor cortex during the lateral judgment in fMRI In front of a photograph of hand, how do you decide that it depicts a right hand or a left hand? It is admitted that this judgment of laterality Lire plus …

AAL: a human brain atlas ranked second in the “top 100 cited” CEA publication

Already awarded the honorary title of “the most cited publication in NeuroImaging between 1980 and 2012”, the article has been ranked by the second in the top 100 cited CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique) publications out of a total of Lire plus …

july 2016

Bernard Mazoyer, Chairman of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)

Bernard Mazoyer has been elected Chairman of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) at its annual meeting held in Geneva, 2016 july. Bernard Mazoyer has contributed to the creation of this international organization of which he was the first Lire plus …