First Name
Last Name
Associate Member
Office Room
2211 Wesbrook Mall S199
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-7773
Research Groups

Students Wanted
willing to supervise

Bachelor's Degree
University of Victoria, 2001, B.Sc. (with Distinction) in Physics

Master's Degree
University of British Columbia, 2003, M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy ("Quantitative Evaluation of Metal Artifact Reduction Techniques in MRI")

Doctoral Degree
University of British Columbia, 2008, Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy ("“Myelin Water Imaging: Development at 3.0T, Application to the Study of Multiple Sclerosis, and Comparison to Diffusion Tensor Imaging”)

Employment History


  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology), University of British Columbia
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology (assosicate member), University of British Columbia
  • Visiting Researcher in the Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
  • Investigator, Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia
  • Investigator, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries


  • Postdoctoral Research Physicist in the Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK (2009-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB), University of Oxford, UK (2009-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia (2012-2015)

  • Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship Recipient, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Doctoral Research Award Recipient, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Predoctoral Fellowship Recipient, Killam Trusts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Research Fellowship Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Young Investigator Award, White Matter Study Group, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, London, UK

Research Area
Medical Physics

Research Field
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Topics
Biologically-specific MRI techniques, development of new acquisition and analysis methods, applications in clinical reasearch

Selected Publications

Ljungberg E, Vavasour I, Tam R, Yoo Y, Rauscher A, Li DKB, Traboulsee A, MacKay A, Kolind S. (2016) Rapid Myelin Water Imaging in Human Cervical Spinal Cord. Magn Reson Med. 2016 Nov 9. doi: 10.1002/mrm.26551. [Epub ahead of print]

Meyers SM, Kolind SH, MacKay AL. Simultaneous measurement of total water content and myelin water fraction in brain at 3T using a T2 relaxation based method. Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Dec 5;37:187-194. doi: 10.1016/j.mri.2016.12.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Manogaran P, Vavasour IM, Lange AP, Zhao Y, McMullen K, Rauscher A, Carruthers R, Li DK, Traboulsee AL, Kolind SH. (2016) Quantifying visual pathway axonal and myelin loss in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica. Neuroimage Clinical;11:743-50.

Wright AD, Jarrett M, Vavasour I, Shahinfard E, Kolind S, van Donkelaar P, Taunton J, Li D, Rauscher A. (2016) Myelin Water Fraction Is Transiently Reduced after a Single Mild Traumatic Brain Injury--A Prospective Cohort Study in Collegiate Hockey Players. PLoS One;11(2):e0150215.

Meyers SM, Tam R, Lee JS, Kolind SH, Vavasour IM, Mackie E, Zhao Y, Laule C, Mädler B, Li DK, MacKay AL, Traboulsee AL. (2016) Does hydration status affect MRI measures of brain volume or water content? J Magn Reson Imaging;44(2):296-304.

Meyers SM, Kolind SH, Laule C, MacKay AL. (2016) Measuring water content using T2 relaxation at 3T: Phantom validations and simulations. Magn Reson Imaging;34(3):246-51

Thomas AG, Dennis A, Rawlings NB, Stagg CJ, Matthews L, Morris M, Kolind SH, Foxley S, Jenkinson M, Nichols TE, Dawes H, Bandettini PA, Johansen-Berg H. (2016) Multi-modal characterization of rapid anterior hippocampal volume increase associated with aerobic exercise. Neuroimage;131:162-70.

MacMillan EL, Tam R, Zhao Y, Vavasour IM, Li DK, Oger J, Freedman MS, Kolind SH, Traboulsee AL. (2016) Progressive multiple sclerosis exhibits decreasing glutamate and glutamine over two years. Multiple Sclerosis Journal; 22(1):112-6.

Manogaran, P. Vavasour, I. Borich, M. Kolind, S. Regan, W. Lange, A. Rauscher, A. MacKay, A. Boyd, L. Li, D.K.B. Traboulsee, A. (2016) Cortico-spinal tract integrity measured using transcranial magnetic stimulation and magnetic resonance imaging in neuromyelitis optical and multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal; 22(1):43-50.

Matthews L, Kolind S, Brazier A, Leite MI, Brooks J, Traboulsee A, Jenkinson M, Johansen-Berg H, Palace J. (2015) Imaging Surrogates of Disease Activity in Neuromyelitis Optica Allow Distinction from Multiple Sclerosis. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 18;10(9):e0137715

Kolind S, Seddigh A, Combes A, Russell-Schulz B, Tam R, Yogendrakumar V, Deoni S, Sibtain NA, Traboulsee A, Williams SC, Barker GJ, Brex PA. (2015) Brain and cord myelin water imaging: a progressive multiple sclerosis biomarker. Neuroimage Clinical;9:574-80.

Zhang, J., Kolind, S., Laule, C., MacKay, A. (2015) How does Magnetization Transfer Influence mcDESPOT Results? Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; 74(5):1327-35.

Zhang, J., Kolind, S. Laule, C., MacKay, A. (2015) Comparison of Myelin Water Fraction from Multi-echo T2 Decay Curve and Steady-state Methods. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; 73(1):223-32.

Deoni, S., Kolind, S.  (2015) Investigating the Stability of mcDESPOT Myelin Water Fraction Values Derived Using a Stochastic Region Contraction Approach. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; 73(1):161-9.

Deoni, S., Meyers, S., Kolind, S. (2015) Modern Methods for Accurate T1, T2 and Proton Density MRI. Book Chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Neuroimaging, edited by Prof. Massimo Filippi.

d’Entremont, A.G., Kolind, S.H., Mädler, B., Wilson, D.R., Mackay, A.L. (2014) Using the dGEMRIC technique to evaluate cartilage health in the presence of surgical hardware at 3T: comparison of inversion recovery and saturation recovery approaches. Skeletal Radiology; 43(3):331-44.

Kolind, S., Sharma, S., Knight, S., Johansen-Berg, H., Talbot K., Turner, M.R. (2013) Myelin Imaging in Amyotrophic and Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration 14(7-8): 562-7.

Deoni, S., Matthews, L., Kolind, S. (2013) One Component? Two Components? Three? The Effect of Including a Nonexchanging ‘Free” Water Component in Multicomponent Driven Equilibrium Single Pulse Observation of T1  & T2. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 70(1): 147-54.

Kolind, S., Matthews, L., Johansen-Berg, H., Leite, M., Williams, S.C., Deoni, S., Palace, J. (2012)         Myelin Water    Imaging    Reflects Clinical    Variability in     Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroimage 60(1), 263-70.

Kolind S.H., Deoni S.C.  (2011) Rapid Three-Dimensional Multicomponent Relaxation Imaging of the Cervical Spinal Cord. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 65(2): 551-6.

Kolind S.H., Madler B., Fischer S., Li D.K.B., MacKay A.L. (2009) Myelin Water Imaging: Implementation and development at 3.0T and comparison to 1.5T Measurements. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 62(1): 106-15.

Vertinsky, T., Coenen, V., Kolind, S., Witoszynskyj, S., Li, D.K.B., Rauscher A. (2009) Fast imaging of the Subthalamic Nuclei by Susceptibility Weighted MR Phase Imaging. American Journal of Neuroradiology 30(9): 1717-24.

Meyers, S.M., Laule, C., Vavasour, I.M., Kolind, S.H., Mädler, B., Tam, R., Traboulsee, A.L., Lee, J., Li, D.K.B., MacKay, A.L. (2009) Reproducibility and Robustness of Myelin Water Fraction Analysis: A Comparison of Region of Interest and Voxel Based Analysis Methods. Magnetic Resonance Imaging 27(8): 1096-1103.

MacKay, A.L., Vavasour, I.M., Rauscher, A., Kolind, S.H., Mädler, B., Moore, G.R.W., Traboulsee A.L., Li, D.K.B., Laule, C. (2009) MR Relaxation in Multiple Sclerosis. Review chapter for NEUROIMAGING CLINICS: Multiple Sclerosis, vol. 2, Non-conventional MR techniques; Editor: Massimo Filippi.

Whitaker K.J., Kolind S.H., MacKay A.L., Clark C.M. (2008) Quantifying development: A novel analysis technique investigating myelination of the corpus callosum in preadolescents. Neuroimage 43(4): 731-5.

Mädler, B., Drabycz, S.A., Kolind, S.H., Whittall, K.P., MacKay, A.L. (2008) Is diffusion anisotropy an accurate monitor of myelination? Correlation of multicomponent T2 relaxation and diffusion tensor anisotropy in human brain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging 26(7): 874-88.

Kolind SH, Laule C, Vavasour IM, Li DKB, Traboulsee AL, Maedler B, Moore GRW, MacKay AL. (2008) Complementary Information from Multi-Exponential T2 Relaxation and Diffusion Tensor Imaging Reveals Differences between Multiple Sclerosis Lesions. NeuroImage 40, 77-85.

Laule C., Vavasour I.M., Kolind S.H., Traboulsee A.L., Moore G.R.W., Li D.K.B., MacKay A.L. (2007) Long T2 Water in Multiple Sclerosis: What else can we learn from multi-echo T2 Relaxation? Journal of Neurology 254, 1579-87.

Laule C., Vavasour I., Maedler B., Kolind S., Sirrs S.M., Brief E.E., Traboulsee A., Moore G.R., Li D.K.B., MacKay A. (2007) MR Evidence of Long T2 Water in Pathological White Matter. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 26, 1117-21.

Laule, C., Vavasour, I.M., Kolind, S.H., Li, D.K., Traboulsee, T.L., Moore, G.R., MacKay, A.L. (2007) Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Myelin. Neurotherapeutics. 4:460-484.

Laule, C., Kolind, S.H., Bjarnason, T.A., Li, D.K.B., MacKay, A.L. (2007) In-vivo Multi- Echo T2 Relaxation Measurements Using Variable TR to Decrease Scan Time. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 25:834-839.

Skinner, M.G., Kolind, S.H., MacKay, A.L. (2007) The Effect of Varying the Echo Spacing within a Multi-echo Acquisition: Better Characterization of Long T2 Components. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 25:840-847.

MacKay, A.L., Laule, C., Vavasour, I.M., Bjarnason, T.A., Kolind, S.H., Maedler, B. (2006) Insights into Brain Microstructure from the T2 Distribution. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 24:515-525.

Kolind, S.H., MacKay, A.L., Munk, P.L., Xiang, Q-S. (2004) Quantitative Evaluation of Metal Artifact Reduction Techniques. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 20: 487-495.