François Tremblay


François Tremblay
Full Professor

1997 Ph.D. Neurological Sciences University of Montreal
1989 M.Sc. Neurobiology Laval University
1985 B.Sc. Physiotherapy Laval University

Room: RGN 3061
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8455
Fax: 613-562-5428
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François Tremblay received his baccalaureate in physiotherapy from Laval University in 1985 and a master’s degree in neurobiology in 1989 from the same Institution. He joined the University of Ottawa in 1988 as full-time lecturer in the Physiotherapy Program. In 1991, he went to the University of Montréal to undertake a PhD in Neurological Sciences. Back at the University of Ottawa in 1997, Dr. Tremblay established a research program to study the impact of normal aging on hand function. Over the years, he also developed an expertise in the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Tremblay is Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa where he teaches in the professional master’s program in physiotherapy. He is also Scientist at Bruyère Research Institute where he is principal investigator at the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory, Dr Tremblay’s research focuses on non invasive explorations of human motor cortical physiology through transcranial magnetic stimulation. Dr Tremblay also uses psychophysical and biomechanical approaches to characterize sensory and motor performance in human participants in the context of healthy aging and in association with neurological impairments. Dr. Tremblay is a member of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and holds cross-appointments with the School of Human Kinetics and the School of Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Neurophysiological explorations with transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Neurophysiological aspects of human aging
  • Sensori-motor integration in health and disease

Recent Publications

  • Tremblay, F., Remaud, A**., Mekonnen, A., Gholami-Boroujeny, S., Racine, K.E., and Bolic, M. (2015). Lasting depression in corticomotor excitability associated with local scalp cooling. Neurosci. Lett. 600, 127-131. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.06.008.
  • Tremblay, F., and Karam*, S. (2015). Kinesio-Taping Application and Corticospinal Excitability at the Ankle Joint. J Athl Training 50, 840-846. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-50.5.08.
  • Remaud**, A., Bilodeau, M., and Tremblay, F. (2014). Age and muscle-dependent variations in corticospinal excitability during standing tasks. PLoS One 9, e110004. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110004.
  • Davidson*, T., and Tremblay, F. (2013). Hemispheric differences in corticospinal excitability and in transcallosal inhibition in relation to degree of handedness. PLoS One 8, e70286. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070286
  • Young-Bernier*, M., Tanguay, A.F.N., Davidson, P.S.R., and Tremblay, F. (2014). Short-latency afferent inhibition is a poor predictor of individual susceptibility to rTMS-induced plasticity in the motor cortex of young and older adults. Front. Aging Neurosci. 6. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00182.

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