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UNC Roadmap Project

Brain development
Cortical thickness on WM surface

‏ UNC DBP2 Presentation(ppt)


  • What problem does the pipeline solve, and who is the targeted user?

There is a lack of appropriate tools for processing of pediatric MRI, a challenging topic since pediatric MRI differs significantly from adult MRI due to variable brain shape and the process of maturation/myelination which are reflected in nonlinear shape/volume changes but also regional change of white matter....

We would like to create an end-to-end application within Slicer3 allowing individual and group analysis of regional and local cortical thickness. Such a workflow applied to the young brain (2-4 years old) is one goal of the UNC DBP

  • How does the pipeline compare to state of the art

A statistical analysis is currently performed in order to compare our pipeline with FreeSurfer. We use a pediatric dataset of 90 cases including controls autistic children and developmental-delays, 2 groups being considered: 2 year-old cases and 4-year old cases.

Detailed Information about the Pipeline

  • Illustrate the components and workflow of the pipeline using your own data
  • Demonstrate parameters/steps that need to be adjusted using someone else's data

Software & documentation


  • DBP: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Co-PI: Heather Cody Hazlett, PhD
    • Co-PI: Joseph Piven, MD
    • CS Programmers: Clement Vachet, Cedric Mathieu
  • Core 1: Martin Styner, UNC Chapel Hill
    • UNC Algorithm: Ipek Oguz, Nicolas Augier, Marcel Prastawa, Marc Niethammer, Cedric Mathieu, Clement Vachet
  • Core 2: Jim Miller, GE Research
  • Contact: Heather Cody Hazlett, PhD, (heather_cody at med.unc.edu, Ph: 919-966-4099)


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  • Planned outreach activities (including presentations, tutorials/workshops) at conferences