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Christophe Destrieux

Christophe Destrieux

Tours, France


Christophe Destrieux was born in France in 1966.

He attended Bordeaux II Université Medical School (France) where he graduated in the class of 1990. He then moved to Université François Rabelais in Tours for his neurosurgical training, where he has been serving as a staff Neurosurgeon since 1998. He is mainly interested in low-grade gliomas, epilepsy and stereotactic surgery.

He spent one year (1997) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in the Center for Advanced Medical Technologies, where he developed an inflated atlas of the human cortex using the FreeSurfer package ( under the supervision of Pr Eric Halgren. This automated segmentation tool was included in the FreeSurfer package distributed for free. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from the Université François Rabelais de Tours, where he served as an assistant professor until 2011, when he became Professor.

He teaches general anatomy to medical students in Tours Medical School and has been invited twice a year since 2002 to teach anatomy during the training courses organized by the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies. He joined the anatomical committee of the world federation of Neurosurgical Societies in January 2014.

After cortical and surgical anatomy, his research now mainly focuses on brain white matter anatomy. He runs the Fibratlas ( project, which aims to validate MRI tractography by quantitatively comparing its result to dissection. In the framework of this project, he developed strong collaborations with two leader laboratories in the field of brain imaging: the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging, (Pr B Fischl, Charlestown, MA, USA) and Neurospin (Cyril Poupon, Saclay, France). C Destrieux is member of the Imaging and Brain laboratory, jointly run by the Université François Rabelais de Tours, and the INSERM (French National Health Institute)


Selected publications:

  1. Destrieux C, Fischl B, Dale A, Halgren E. Automatic parcellation of human cortical gyri and sulci using standard anatomical nomenclature. Neuroimage. 2010;53:1-15.
  2. Fischl B, van der Kouwe A, Destrieux C, Halgren E, Segonne F, Salat DH, et al. Automatically parcellating the human cerebral cortex. Cereb Cortex. 2004;14(1):11-22.
  3. Zemmoura I, Serres B, Andersson F, Barantin L, Tauber C, Filipiak I, et al. FIBRASCAN: A novel method for 3D white matter tract reconstruction in MR space from cadaveric dissection. NeuroImage. dec 2014;103:106-18.
  4. Zemmoura, I., Blanchard, E., Raynal, P.-I., Rousselot-Denis, C., Destrieux, C., Velut, S., 2016. How Klingler’s dissection permits exploration of brain structural connectivity? An electron microscopy study of human white matter. Brain Struct Funct 221, 2477–2486. doi:10.1007/s00429-015-1050-7