Yunyan Zhang

Research Associate Professor


Clinical Neurosciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute



Contact information


Office : HMRB183

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Deep Learning
  • Optic Neuritis

Research activities

The main research focus of Yunyan Zhang is on the development and evaluation of novel imaging-based methods for advancing the understanding and management of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. This includes the measurement of myelin and axonal properties, disease progression, and treatment impact for patients using anatomical and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), image texture analysis, and machine learning technologies. To understand the pathological correlates of imaging measures, Zhang also works with animal models and post-mortem brains with multiple sclerosis. In addition, using advanced deep learning techniques, Zhang is also dedicated to discover new algorithmic approaches to predict disease activity and treatment path for individual patients who are under routine clinical care, or who participate in clinical trials. Moreover, Zhang is highly committed to training and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, and help with knowledge translation and dissemination.    




Doctoral Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada -  2004-06

Berlex Canada MS Research Award, Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences - 2006 

MS Clinical Fellowship, Canadian Network of MS Clinics - 2008-09

Fellowship Award, MS Society of Canada - 2008-10