sGraSP: A graph-based method for the derivation of subject-specific functional parcellations of the brain

N. Honnorat, T. D. Satterthwaite, R. E. Gur, R. C. Gur, C. Davatzikos

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Background Resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) has emerged as a prominent tool for the study of functional connectivity. The identification of the regions associated with the different brain functions has received significant interest. However, most of the studies conducted so far have focused on the definition of a common set of regions, valid for an entire population. The variation of the functional regions within a population has rarely been accounted for. New method In this paper, we propose sGraSP, a graph-based approach for the derivation of subject-specific functional parcellations. Our method generates first a common parcellation for an entire population, which is then adapted to each subject individually. Results Several cortical parcellations were generated for 859 children being part of the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort. The stability of the parcellations generated by sGraSP was tested by mixing population and subject rs-fMRI signals, to generate subject-specific parcels increasingly closer to the population parcellation. We also checked if the parcels generated by our method were better capturing a development trend underlying our data than the original parcels, defined for the entire population. Comparison with existing methods We compared sGraSP with a simpler and faster approach based on a Voronoi tessellation, by measuring their ability to produce functionally coherent parcels adapted to the subject data. Conclusions Our parcellations outperformed the Voronoi tessellations. The parcels generated by sGraSP vary consistently with respect to signal mixing, the results are highly reproducible and the neurodevelopmental trend is better captured with the subject-specific parcellation, under all the signal mixing conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Parcellation
  • Rs-fMRI
  • Tessellation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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