2022-05472 - Network-based biomarker discovery of Parkinson’s disease at various stages

Contract type : Internship agreement

Level of qualifications required : Master's or equivalent

Fonction : Internship Research

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique Centre is one of Inria's eight centres and has more than thirty research teams. The Inria Center is a major and recognized player in the field of digital sciences. It is at the heart of a rich R&D and innovation ecosystem: highly innovative PMEs, large industrial groups, competitiveness clusters, research and higher education players, laboratories of excellence, technological research institute, etc.


The selected person will work at Inria/IRISA, UMR CNRS 6074, among the Empenn U1228 team. The work will be in close link with a neuropsychologist from the Neurology Department ofRennes University Hospital (Neurology Dept.), associate researcher in the Empenn team. 


The goal of this approach will be to identify the pattern of progression using the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) database, which is a longitudinal multi-site study of newly diagnosed untreated PD patients. To do so, the student will first analyze the functional and  structural connectivity metrics at each stage. Then, the second objective for this position will be to look at how the integration of the functional and structural MRI data may allow a better definition of the brain change patterns that are related to classical pathways involved in Parkinson disease. After that, the student will develop a multi-stage approach using innovative machine learning methods, to provide non-invasive, reliable and easy-to-track candidate biomarkers for PD.



We look for candidates strongly motivated by challenging research topics in machine learning and neuroimaging. The applicant should present a good background in machine learning and applied mathematics. Basic knowledge in image processing would be a plus. Good knowledge of computer science aspects is also mandatory, especially in Python and Matlab.

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs


Grant of 3.90 € per hour