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, Devanne H, Lavoie BA, Capaday C

Neural mechanisms involved in the functional linking of motor cortical points

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Exp Brain Res, 146 (1), 2002.

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Schneider C, Zytnicki D, Capaday C

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

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Neurosci Lett, 310 (2-3), 2001.

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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

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J Neurophysiol, 83 (5), 2000.

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Do MC, Schneider C, Chong RK

Factors influencing the quick onset of stepping following postural perturbation

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J Biomech, 32 (8), 1999.

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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

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J Neurophysiol, 81 (1), 1999.

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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]

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C R Acad Sci III, 320 (9), 1997.

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Active projects

  • Brain magnetic stimulation to reduce levodopa-induced dyskinesias in Parkinson’s disease, from 2024-04-01 to 2026-03-31
  • La stimulation magnétique des muscles en contexte de soins palliatifs et de fin de vie: une étude pilote de faisabilité pour la gestion de la douleur et de la constipation chez les patients sous traitement aux opioïdes, from 2024-01-01 to 2026-12-31
  • Soulager la douleur chronique chez les aînés à l'aide de la stimulation transcrânienne par courant direct, from 2022-04-01 to 2025-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Individual phenotypes of chronic pain: the dynamic pain connectome towards painmeter development and neuroethics, from 2017-06-01 to 2023-03-31
  • Randomized control trials of neuromodulation to treat chronic low back pain and complex regional pain syndrome, from 2017-06-01 to 2023-03-31
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