Infant Brain Templates

The Imaging Research Center has collected brain imaging data from 76 infants ranging in age from 9 to 15 months (45 female and 31 male) This data has been used to construct infant brain templates which can be used within SPM for spatial normalization, tissue segmentation and visualization of imaging study results.

The data has been processed and compiled in various ways to accommodate a wide range of possible research approaches. The templates are made available free of charge to all interested parties for research purposes only.

Why did we do this?

When processing imaging data from infants, it is important to take into account the fact that the infant brain differs significantly from both adult and pediatric (age 5-18) brain. Therefore, optimized processing requires appropriate prior reference data be used to avoid introducing a systematic bias into the results. We have shown that the tissue composition is substantially different between adults and infants as well as children and infants (see also NeuroImage 2008; 43 (4): 721-730). Consequently the use of infant reference data might be more appropriate.

The templates are made available free of charge to all interested parties for research purposes only. We only ask you to register before downloading.