Dr. Cyril Schneider is a full professor at the rehabilitation department of faculty of medicine at Laval University and a regular researcher of the neuroscience division of the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval (CHUL site). His studies focus on brain adaptation (cerebral plasticity) in physiopathology and on neurostimulation as an approach to improve quality of life. In addition to his prize for teaching excellence, Dr Schneider contributed to scientific programs on television following the media coverage of his work (Radio-Canada personality in July 2010, etc.) on post-trauma amnesia and post-stroke motor disorder, cerebral adaptation in prematurity and the influence of early care. He is one of the 15 principal researchers (sole in Québec) of the pan-Canadian chronic pain research network (24,9M$ funded by CIHR and partners).

Neurostimulation, biomarkers, quality of life

Magnetic neurostimulation (over brain or over muscles) is noninvasive and painless. It allows a regulation of neural networks spared and therefore available for rehabilitation. Dr. Schneider’s studies demonstrate that, indeed, neurostimulation can influence brain plasticity and improve motor (movement, balance) and cognitive function (memory, attention, language), or reduce chronic pain in people living with neurological or musculoskeletal disorder (stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative disease, CRPS, fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, etc.)

Laboratory of neurostimulation and clinical neuroscience of CHUL

Dr. Schneider’s lab is equipped with a unique multidisciplinary infrastructure (funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation) which gathers concepts, advanced technologies and methods from neurophysiology, motor physiology, biomechanics and clinics (standardized measures and scales). Studies are conducted in collaboration with clinicians (students or seniors) engaged in the patients’ care (occupational and physical therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists, etc.). Such expertise and the neurophysiological measurements make it possible to refine the diagnosis, prognosis of improvement, stimulation parameters, and to identify the factors predicting the success of the approach.

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Beaulieu LD, Schneider C, Masse-Alarie H, Ribot-Ciscar E

A new method to elicit and measure movement illusions in stroke by means of muscle tendon vibration: the Standardized Kinesthetic Illusion Procedure (SKIP).

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Somatosens Mot Res, 37 (1), 2020.

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Masse-Alarie H, Bergin M, Schneider C, Schabrun S, Hodges P

Reply to the comment on: "Reporting matters: Brain mapping with transcranial magnetic stimulation".

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Hum Brain Mapp, 40 (1), 2019.

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Masse-Alarie H, Beaulieu LD, Preuss R, Schneider C

The activation of transversus abdominis muscle during rapid limb movements depends on the anticipation of postural demand rather than on respiratory reflexes.

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Gait Posture, 60 , 2018.

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Beaulieu LD, Flamand VH, Masse-Alarie H, Schneider C

Reliability and minimal detectable change of transcranial magnetic stimulation outcomes in healthy adults: A systematic review.

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Brain Stimul, 10 (2), 2017.

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Masse-Alarie H, Bergin MJG, Schneider C, Schabrun S, Hodges PW

"Discrete peaks" of excitability and map overlap reveal task-specific organization of primary motor cortex for control of human forearm muscles.

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Hum Brain Mapp, 38 (12), 2017.

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Beaulieu LD, Masse-Alarie H, Ribot-Ciscar E, Schneider C

Reliability of lower limb transcranial magnetic stimulation outcomes in the ipsi- and contralesional hemispheres of adults with chronic stroke.

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Clin Neurophysiol, 128 (7), 2017.

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Masse-Alarie H, Beaulieu LD, Preuss R, Schneider C

Repetitive peripheral magnetic neurostimulation of multifidus muscles combined with motor training influences spine motor control and chronic low back pain.

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Clin Neurophysiol, 128 (3), 2017.

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Beaulieu LD, Masse-Alarie H, Camire-Bernier S, Ribot-Ciscar E, Schneider C

After-effects of peripheral neurostimulation on brain plasticity and ankle function in chronic stroke: The role of afferents recruited.

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Neurophysiol Clin, 47 (4), 2017.

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Masse-Alarie H, Beaulieu LD, Preuss R, Schneider C

The side of chronic low back pain matters: evidence from the primary motor cortex excitability and the postural adjustments of multifidi muscles.

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Exp Brain Res, 235 (3), 2017.

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Masse-Alarie H, Beaulieu LD, Preuss R, Schneider C

Influence of paravertebral muscles training on brain plasticity and postural control in chronic low back pain.

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Scand J Pain, 12 , 2016.

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Active projects

  • Individual phenotypes of chronic pain: the dynamic pain connectome towards painmeter development and neuroethics, from 2017-06-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Randomized control trials of neuromodulation to treat chronic low back pain and complex regional pain syndrome, from 2017-06-01 to 2022-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Development and initial validation of measures of cancer pain under- and overtreatment, from 2020-04-01 to 2021-03-31
  • La neurostimulation magnétique comme option thérapeutique innovante en douleur chronique au CHU de Québec-Université Laval. , from 2018-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Neurostimulation non invasive pour cibler les dyskinésies et améliorer les symptômes moteurs dans la maladie de Parkinson: études translationnelles chez le primate non humain et le patient, from 2020-08-10 to 2020-12-26
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