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CCAA Neuromusuclar Lab

ccaa neuromuscular lab groupTo move with purpose and interact effectively with the environment are fundamental features of human life quality and independence. Muscle and the neural control of muscle function are primary requirements for directed movement. The link between the central nervous system's control of voluntary movement and muscle contractile function forms the motor portion of the neuromuscular system.

Lead Researcher

dr. charles riceDr. Charles Rice, PhD
MSc (Saskatchewan), PhD (Western)
Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences

Office: Room 411D - Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
UWO, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B9
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81628

Dr. Rice’s main area of interest focuses on understanding the interrelationships between neural control and muscle properties during muscle contractions in humans.  Models used to study these factors include fatigue, aging, and exercise training. Collaborative efforts using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to examine relevant factors relating to neuromuscular function are also employed.

Graduate student supervision

Peer-reviewed publications

Graduate Students

Matti Allen, PhD Candidate

Matti completed his MSc in clinical neuromuscular physiology in 2009, during which his projects focused on the impact of focal nerve damage on muscular strength and endurance in patient populations. He is currently continuing his studies as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Charles Rice at the CCAA’s Neuromuscular Lab. His current research interests include investigating the effects of heart disease on neuromuscular health as well as characterizing the interactions between type II diabetes and aging on the peripheral nervous and muscular systems.

Matti's peer-reviewed publications.

Geoff Power, PhD Candidate

geoff powerGeoff Power is currently in his 4th year of Doctoral studies in the School of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Vandervoort.  His research interests include: the effect of fatigue and muscle damage on short-term velocity-dependent power loss and recovery in young and old men and women.  Additionally, Geoff employs a masters athletes model to investigate the effects of high levels of life-long physical activity on typical age-related changes to the neuromuscular system.  In 2009 Geoff was the recipient of the NLCAHR Healthy Aging Research award and was recently awarded the 2011 CIHR Age+ Prize.  In his extra time Geoff is an avid cyclist.

Geoff's peer-reviewed publications.

Will Booth, MSc Candidate

william boothWilliam Booth is a 2nd year Masters student in the School of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Greg Marsh.  William’s research focuses on the loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength and function that occurs with aging.  William uses the 3T MRI at St.Joseph’s Health Care to determine muscle volumes and the Biodex at the Neuromuscular Laboratory at UWO to record muscle contractile properties. William is also the defensive backs coach for the London Falcons OVFL team.

Brad Harwood, PhD Candidate

Bio coming soon!

Brad's peer-reviewed publications.

Cam Smith, PhD Candidate

Bio coming soon!

Cam's peer-reviewed publications.


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Mailing Address
School of Kinesiology
3M Centre 2225
UWO, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7
Fax: (519) 661-2008




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