Bruce Pike


Clinical Neurosciences


Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office: 403.220.4026


Office : HSC2909

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Dementia & Cognitive Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental Health
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MRI
  • Cerebral Blood Flow

Research activities

Bruce Pike, PhD is the CAIP Chair in Healthy Brain Aging and Head of the Division of Image Science in the Department of Radiology.  He is also a Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Prior to his arrival in Calgary, Dr. Pike was the Killam Professor of Neurology at McGill and Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre of the Montreal Neurological Institute.  Dr. Pike obtained his Ph.D. at McGill University and conducted postdoctoral studies in Radiological Sciences at Stanford University.

Pike investigates magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods and applications for basic and clinical neuroscience research.  His recent research has focused on quantitative MRI techniques for measuring tissue microstructure and physiology. He has used his methods to demonstrate focal pathology in multiple sclerosis patients that antedate the development of conventional MRI visible lesions by up to two years.  He has also performed pioneering studies on the relationship between cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism in the cortex over a broad range of activation and inhibition conditions in healthy subjects and patients. During the past few years he has launched the MR-guided Focused Ultrasound program at the University of Calgary, which consists of three braod research themes: neurosurgery, drug deliver, and neuromodulation. Dr. Pike has published more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters, is a Senior Editor of the journal NeuroImage, and serves on the advisory board for numerous national and international programs.


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