CALLOT Virginie

Research Director (PhD)


Head of Spinal Cord MR Imaging research group

Research Director (PhD)

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Detailed Activities

The general objective of the Spinal Cord MRI research group is to improve the non invasive characterization of the spinal cord impairments and to help in the description of the spinal cord pathophysiological mechanisms using quantitative and multi-parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
The global project relies on methodological developments (MR techniques leading to structural and functional information, post-processing tools such as probabilistic MR atlas) and their applications to dedicated spinal cord pathologies. The project is developed transversally, on mouse models using the 11.75T MR system, and on humans using clinical research (1.5T, 3T) and ultra-high field (7T) MR systems.
Current pathologies under investigation include Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in collaboration with the Neurology Department of La Timone Hospital (APHM, Pr. B. Audoin, Pr. J. Pelletier, Pr. S. Attarian, Dr. A. Verschueren), Cervicarthrosic Myelopathy (CSM) in collaboration with the Neurosurgery Department of the North Hospital (APHM, Pr. PH. Roche, Dr. A. Melot), NeuroMyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders (NMOSD) in collaboration with the CHU Lyon (Pr. R. Marignier), as well as normal Ageing and sport-related microtraumatism such as encountered in Rugby.
One part of the project additionally combines MR and biomechanical computational modeling in order to provide an extensive and multi-physic description of traumatic and degenerative spinal cord pathologies (International Affiliated Laboratory (LIA) “iLab-Spine”, France/Canada).


  • Image Processing
  • Microstructure/architecture
  • New MR Biomarkers
  • Perfusion Methods
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Spinal Cord
  • Ultra-high field MRI
  • MR Templates
  • Morphometry
  • Diffusion
  • Probabilistic atlas
  • Neurodegenerative pathologies

General Information

Co-director of the iLab-Spine (International Affiliated Laboratory (LIA) on Spine Imaging and Biomechanics, France/Canada)
Board member of the SFRMBM (Société Française de Résonance Magnétique Biologique et Médicale)
Scientific Council member of the IRME (Institut pour la Recherche sur la Moelle Epinière)
Vice Chair of the Club de Recherche sur la Moelle Epinière et ses Pathologies
Member of the CRMBM Unit Council

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