With a Ph.D. from the INRIA Sophia-Antipolis and a post-doctorate fellow at the NeuroSpin, CEA Saclay in Paris, in computer sciences and neuroimaging, Maxime is an international leader in medical imaging and diffusion MRI, acquisition, reconstruction, visualization and processing in many clinical applications.

Among other things, Maxime leads the SCIL (Sherbrooke connectivity imaging lab), a lab known for its integrated approach to diffusion MRI.
  • 73 authored papers, 4500 citations, 32h-index, 8 prizes
  • 3 of his trainees are faculty in the US, France & Italy
  • 6 educational courses at ISMRM/HBM
  • 2017 chair of the best international medical image computing conference (MICCAI)
  • President of the ISMRM diffusion study group
  • Co-organized the 2016 ISMRM workshop on breaking the barriers of diffusion
  • Leads a lab of 15 members

Positions and honors

2009 – present  Full professor, Computer Science, University of Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada

2008 – 2009     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical imaging, NeuroSpin, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) Saclay, France

2000 – 2004     Teaching Assistant, Computer Science & Mathematics department, McGill University,   Qc, Canada


Other experience and professional memberships

2010 – Editorial Review Board member, Brain Connectivity

2006 – 11 guest speaker invitations in workshops, summer schools, conferences and labs.

2009 – FiberCup workshop organization at the 2009 Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Interventions conference, London, UK.

2009 – Participation to 4 Ph.D Defense comities

2009 – Program committee for the International workshop on Computational Diffusion MRI

2004 – Review services for international journals and conferences (more than 12 international journals and 5 international conferences)



2019   Prix du Québec, Up-and-Coming scientist, award given by the Government of Quebec to individuals for cultural and scientific achievements.

2019   Prix Effervescence Star, recognition of Québec University researchers who shine most notably through their services and partnerships with the life sciences industry.

2010 “Star researcher”, Association of University in Quebec (CREPUQ).

2010 Research and creativity research prize, Sherbrooke University, $5000.

2009 The Top 10 Discoveries of the year 2009, Quebec Science magazine.

2009 Best Ph.D thesis award in France for Information Technologies, 1500 euros.

2009 Erbsmann prize, best paper award at the IPMI conference, Williamsburg, USA, $1250.

2004 – 2007 NSERC postgraduate scholarship, $63 000.

2007 Best paper award, ISBI 2007 conference, Washington, USA, $300.

2004 NSERC summer fellowship, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan, $10 000.

2002 – 2004 FQRNT Masters scholarship, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, $30 000.

2001 NSERC undergraduate research assistantship, McGill University, Canada, $5200.

1999 – 2002 McGill University entrance scholarship, $3500.


Selected peer-reviewed journal publications

[1]     M. Descoteaux, R. Deriche, D. Le Bihan, J-F. Mangin, C. Poupon. Multiple Q-Shell Imaging to Reconstruct the Ensemble Average Propagator. Med Image Anal, 15 :603-621, 2011. (Impact Factor from Thomson Reuters (IF) 4.25)

[2]     J. Cohen-Adad, M. Descoteaux, L.L. Wald. Bootstrap Assessment of HARDI Data for Q-ball Reconstruction. J Magn Reson Imag, 33(5) :1194-1208. (IF 2.78)

[3]     M.A. Sharman, J. Cohen-Adad, M. Descoteaux, A. Messé, H. Benali, S. Lehéricy. Impact of Outliers in DTI and QBI – Clinical Implications and Correction Strategies. J Magn Reson Imag, 33(6) :1491-1502. (IF 2.78)

[4]     P. Fillard, M. Descoteaux, A. Goh, S. Gouttard, B. Jeurissen , J. Malcolm, A. Ramirez-Manzanares, M. Reisert, K. Sakaie, F. Tensaouti, T. Yo, J-F. Mangin, C. Poupon. Quantitative Evaluation of 10 Tractography Algorithms on a Realistic Diffusion MR Phantom. NeuroImage, 56(1) :220-234, 2011. (IF 5.93)

[5]     P. Guevara, C. Poupon, D. Riviére, Y. Cointepas, M. Descoteaux, B. Thirion, J.-F. Mangin. Robust Clustering of Massive Tractography Datasets. NeuroImage, 2011 Feb 1, 54(3) :1975-1993. (IF 5.93)

[6]     I. Kezele, M. Descoteaux, C. Poupon, F. Poupon, J-F. Mangin. Spherical Wavelet Transform for ODF Sharpening. Med Image Anal, 14(3) :332-342, 2010. (IF 4.25)

[7]     R. Deriche, J. Calder, M. Descoteaux. Optimal Real-Time Q-Ball Imaging Using Regularized Kalman Filtering with Incremental Orientation Sets. Med Image Anal, 13(4) :564-579, 2009. (IF 4.25)

[8]     C. Delmaire, M. Vidailhet, D. Wassermann, M. Descoteaux, R. Valabregue, F. Bourdin, C. Lenglet, S. Sangla, A. Terrier, R. Deriche, S. Lehéricy. Diffusion Abnormalities in the Primary Sensorimotor Pathways in Writer’s Cramp. Arch Neurol-Chicago, 66(4) :502-508, 2009. (IF 7.1)

[9]     C. Lenglet, J.S.W. Campbell, M. Descoteaux, G. Haro, P. Savadjiev, D. Wassermann, A. Anwander, R. Deriche, G.B. Pike, G. Sapiro, K. Siddiqi, P. Thompson. Mathematical Methods for Diffusion MRI Processing. NeuroImage, 45(1) :S111-S122, 2009. (IF 5.93)

[10]   M. Descoteaux, R. Deriche, T. R. Knösche, A. Anwander. Deterministic and Probabilistic Tractography Based on Complex Fiber Orientation Distributions. IEEE T Med Imaging, 28(2) :269-286, 2009. (IF 3.55)

[11]   M. Descoteaux, R. Deriche. High Angular Resolution Diffusion MRI Segmentation Using Region-Based Statistical Surface Evolution. J Math Imaging Vis, 33(2) :239-252, 2009. (IF 1.24)

[12]   M. Descoteaux, L. Collins, K. Siddiqi. A Multi-Scale Geometric Flow for Segmenting Vasculature in MRI : Theory and Validation. Med Image Anal, 12(4) :497-513, 2008. (IF 4.25)

[13]   J. Cohen-Adad, M. Descoteaux, S. Rossignol, R.D. Hoge, R. Deriche, H. Benali. Detection of Multiple Pathways in the Spinal Cord Using Q-Ball Imaging. NeuroImage, 42(2) :739-749, 2008. (IF 5.93)

[14]   P. Savadjiev, J.S.W. Campbell, M. Descoteaux, R. Deriche, G.B. Pike, K. Siddiqi. Labeling of Ambiguous Sub-Voxel Fibre Bundle Configurations in High Angular Resolution Diffusion MRI. NeuroImage, 41(1) :58-68, 2008. (IF 5.93)

[15]   D. Wassermann, M. Descoteaux, R. Deriche. Diffusion Maps Clustering for Magnetic Resonance Q-Ball Imaging Segmentation. Int J Biomed Imag, 2008.

[16]   M. Descoteaux, E. Angelino, S. Fitzgibbons, R. Deriche. Regularized, Fast and Robust Analytical Q-Ball Imaging, Magn Reson in Med, 58(3) :497-510, 2007. (IF 3.27)

[17]   I. Reinertsen, M. Descoteaux, K. Siddiqi, L. Collins. Validation of Vessel-Based Registration for Correction of Brain Shift. Med Image Anal, 11 :374-388, 2007. (IF 4.25)

[18]   M. Descoteaux, E. Angelino, S. Fitzgibbons, R. Deriche. Apparent Diffusion Coefficients from High Angular Resolution Diffusion Images : Estimation and Applications. Magn Reson Med, 56(2) :395-410, 2006. (IF 3.27)

[19]     M. Descoteaux, M. Audette, K. Chinzei, K. Siddiqi. Bone Enhancement Filtering : Application to Sinus Bone Segmentation and Simulation of Pituitary Gland Surgery. Comp Aided Surg, 11(5) :247-255, 2006.