Julie Nantel


Julie Nantel
Associate Professor

2008, Ph.D., Biomechanics, University of Montréal
2004, M.A., Biomechanics, University of Montréal
2001, B.Sc., Kinesiology, University of Montréal

Room: MNT 353
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 4025
Work E-mail: jnantel@uottawa.ca

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Dr Nantel is an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics. Her research aims at identifying the control mechanisms involved in gait regulation and adaptation in healthy young and older adults and in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Nantel received her PhD in Physical Activity Sciences (biomechanics) from University of Montreal in 2008. Following the completion of her PhD, she joined the Movement Disorders Center in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University for a postdoctoral fellowship (2008-2012).

Dr Nantel’s main objectives are to determine the underlying neuromuscular control mechanisms involved in human locomotion and to identify how the locomotor system adapts to temporal or spatial constraints. In addition, large part of her work focuses on determining the effect of aging and Parkinson’s disease on these mechanisms as well as identifying the effect of different physical activity interventions on balance, risk for falls and mobility.

For these research programs she received the Young Investigator Research award from Parkinson Society Canada as well as a Discovery and Discovery Accelerator supplement award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Research Interests

  • Postural balance disorders.
  • Normal and pathological gait patterns.
  • Freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Effect of intervention modalities on balance, risks for falls and mobility in elderly population.

Published papers, peer-reviewed

  • Beaulne-Séguin, Z. and Nantel, J. Conflicting and non-conflicting visual cues lead to error in gait initiation and gait inhibition in individuals with freezing of gait. Gait and Posture. GAIPOS-D-16-00372 (In Press, August 2016)
  • Sciadas, R., Dalton, C., Nantel, J. Effort to reduce postural sway decreases both cognitive performance and postural stability in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Human Movement Science Hum Mov Sci. 2016 Jun;47:135-40. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2016.03.003. Epub 2016 Mar 14.
  • Dalton, C. and Nantel, J. Nordic Walking Improves Postural Alignment and Leads to a More Normal Gait Pattern Following 8 Weeks of Training: A Pilot Study. J Aging Phys Act. 2016 Apr 6
  • Dalton, C. and Nantel, J. Substantiating appropriate motion capture techniques for the assessment of Nordic walking gait and posture in older adults. Journal of Visualized Experiments, Behavior, Issue 111; 2016, May 15., doi: 10.3791/53926
  • Dalton, C., Sciadas, R., and Nantel, J Executive function is necessary for the regulation of stepping activity independently of the regulation of postural balance in older adults, Aging clinical and experimental research, Aging Clin Exp Res. 2015 Nov 25.
  • Porter, S and Nantel, J. Older adults prioritize postural stability in the anterior-posterior direction to regain balance following volitional lateral step. Gait Posture. 2015 Jan 30. Volume 41, Issue 2, February 2015, Pages 666–669.
  • Nantel, J. Bronte-Stewart, H. The effect of medication and the role of postural instability in different components of freezing of gait (FOG). Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Apr20:447-51.
  • Nantel, J., McDonald, J.C., Tan Simon, Bronte-Stewart, H. Deficits in visuospatial processing contribute to quantitative measures of freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience. 2012 Sep27;221:151-6.
  • Nantel, J., McDonald, J.C., Bronte-Stewart, H. Effect of medication and STN DBS on postural control in subjects with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2012 Mar;18(3):285-9.
  • Nantel J, de Solages C, Bronte-Stewart H. Repetitive stepping in place identifies and measures freezing episodes in subjects with Parkinson's disease. Gait Posture. 2011 Jul;34(3):329-33.
  • Nantel, J., Mathieu, ME., Prince, F. Physical activity and obesity: biomechanical and physiological key concepts. Journal of Obesity, (2011), Article ID 650230.
  • Bouffard, V., Therrien, M., Nantel, J., Vendittoli, PA., Lavigne, M., Prince, F. Center of mass compensation during gait: comparison between large diameter head total hip arthroplasty and hip resurfacing," Rehabil Res Pract. (2011) 586412.
  • Lavigne, M., Therrien, M., Nantel, J., Roy, A., Prince, F., Vendittoli, PA. The John Charnley Award: The functional outcome of hip resurfacing and large-head THA is the same: a randomized, double-blind study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Feb;468(2):326-36.
  • Nantel, J., Termoz, N., Vendittoli, P.A., Lavigne, M., Prince, P. Gait patterns following total hip arthroplasty and surface replacement arthroplasty. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. (2009) Mar; 90(3):463-9.
  • Nantel, J., Termoz, N., Vendittoli, PA., Ganapathi, M, Lavigne, M., Prince, F. Postural balance during quiet standing in patients with total hip arthroplasty with large diameter femoral head and surface replacement arthroplasty. Arch Phys Med Rehabil (2009) Sep;90(9):1607-12.
  • Nantel, J., Termoz, N., Centomo, H., Lavigne, M., Vendittoli, P.A., Prince, F. Postural balance during quiet standing in patients with total hip arthroplasty and surface replacement arthroplasty. Clinical  Biomech. (2008) May;23(4):402-7. Epub 2008 Feb 20.
  • Karelis, AD., Tousignant, B., Nantel, J., Proteau-Labelle, M., Malita, FM., St-Pierre, DH., Brochu, M., Doucet, E. et Rabasa-Lhoret, R.  Association of insulin sensitivity and muscle strength in overweight and obese sedentary postmenopausal women.  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. (2007) Apr;32(2):297-301.
  • Nantel, J., Brochu, M., Prince, F.  Locomotor Strategies in Obese and Non-obese Children. Obesity (Silver Spring).  (2006) 14: 1789-1794.
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