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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Schneider C, Lavoie BA, Barbeau H, Capaday C

Timing of cortical excitability changes during the reaction time of movements superimposed on tonic motor activity.

Journal Article

J Appl Physiol, 97 (6), pp. 2220-7, 2004, ISSN: 8750-7587.

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Schneider C, Capaday C

Progressive adaptation of the soleus H-reflex with daily training at walking backward.

Journal Article

J Neurophysiol, 89 (2), pp. 648-56, 2003, ISSN: 0022-3077.

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Schneider C, Devanne H, Lavoie BA, Capaday C

Neural mechanisms involved in the functional linking of motor cortical points.

Journal Article

Exp Brain Res, 146 (1), pp. 86-94, 2002, ISSN: 0014-4819.

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Schneider C, Zytnicki D, Capaday C

Quantitative evidence for multiple widespread representations of individual muscles in the cat motor cortex.

Journal Article

Neurosci Lett, 310 (2-3), pp. 183-7, 2001, ISSN: 0304-3940.

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Schneider C, Lavoie BA, Capaday C

On the origin of the soleus H-reflex modulation pattern during human walking and its task-dependent differences.

Journal Article

J Neurophysiol, 83 (5), pp. 2881-90, 2000, ISSN: 0022-3077.

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Do MC, Schneider C, Chong RK

Factors influencing the quick onset of stepping following postural perturbation.

Journal Article

J Biomech, 32 (8), pp. 795-802, 1999, ISSN: 0021-9290.

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Capaday C, Lavoie BA, Barbeau H, Schneider C, Bonnard M

Studies on the corticospinal control of human walking. I. Responses to focal transcranial magnetic stimulation of the motor cortex.

Journal Article

J Neurophysiol, 81 (1), pp. 129-39, 1999, ISSN: 0022-3077.

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Schneider C, Do MC, Bussel B

[Increase of the contraction of the stance soleus muscle in human does not delay the swing phase in step elicited by forward fall].

Journal Article

C R Acad Sci III, 320 (9), pp. 709-14, 1997, ISSN: 0764-4469.

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Schneider C, Risser D, Kirchner L, Kitzmuller E, Cairns N, Prast H, Singewald N, Lubec G

Similar deficits of central histaminergic system in patients with Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease.

Journal Article

Neurosci Lett, 222 (3), pp. 183-6, 1997, ISSN: 0304-3940.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec - Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Centre thématique de recherche en neurosciences, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1999-06-01 to 2023-05-01
  • Individual phenotypes of chronic pain: the dynamic pain connectome towards painmeter development and neuroethics, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Réseaux de la SRAP sur les maladies chroniques, from 2017-06-01 to 2020-08-31
  • Randomized control trials of neuromodulation to treat chronic low back pain and complex regional pain syndrome, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Réseaux de la SRAP sur les maladies chroniques, from 2017-06-01 to 2020-08-31

Recently finished projects

  • La neurostimulation magnétique comme option thérapeutique innovante en douleur chronique au CHU de Québec-Université Laval. , Partenariat, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation, Programme de soutien à la recherche (PSR) Soutien à des organismes ou des projets de recherche volet 1, from 2018-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • Neurostimulation magnétique non invasive du cerveau: un adjuvant à la physiothérapie en douleur chronique, Subvention, Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec, from 2018-06-01 to 2019-05-31
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