Charles Rice, PhD


Room 4173, TH
519 661-2111 x87072
Neuromuscular Lab
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  • PDF John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale School of Medicine
  • PhD (Western)
  • MSc (Saskatchewan)
  • BSc (Acadia)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Integrative Biosciences MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Research studies in professor Charles Rice's lab are directed at describing and understanding muscle contractile output (force or torque) in relation to neural activation and motor control of the muscle. He studies these aspects in humans at a systems level with an integrated approach using minimally invasive techniques such as various types of electromyography, muscle stimulation, ultrasound imaging and others.

Featured Publications and Projects


  • Zero, AM and Rice, CL (2001)State-of-the-art review: spinal and supraspinal responses to muscle potentiation in humans. European Journal of Applied Physiology 121:1271–1282 doi: 10.1007/s00421-021-04610-x
  • Allen, MD, Dalton, BH, Gilmore, KJ, McNeil, CJ, Doherty, TJ, Rice, CL and Power, GA (2021) Neuroprotective effects of exercise on the aging human neuromuscular system. Experimental Gerontology, 152: 111465 doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2021.111465.
  • Paris MT, McNeil CJ, Power GA, Rice CL, and Dalton BH (2022) Age-related performance fatigability: a comprehensive review of dynamic tasks. Journal of Applied Physiology 133(4):850-866 doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00319.202

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Zero AM, Kirk EA, Rice CL. (2022) Firing rate trajectories of human motor units during activity-dependent muscle potentiation. Journal of Applied Physiology 132(2):402-412. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00672.2021
  • Kirk EA, Gilmore KJ, Rice CL. (2021) Anconeus motor unit firing rates during isometric and muscle-shortening contractions comparing young and very old adults. Journal of Neurophysiology 126(4):1122-1136. doi: 10.1152/jn.00219.2021
  • Kirk EA, Rice CL. (2021) The relationship of agonist muscle single motor unit firing rates and elbow extension limb movement kinematics. Experimental Brain Research
    239(9):2755-2766. doi: 10.1007/s00221-021-06168-8
  • Smith CB, Allen MD, Rice CL. (2020) Coexistence of peripheral potentiation and corticospinal inhibition following a conditioning contraction in human first dorsal interosseous muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology 129(4):926-931. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00238.2020
    Rice, C.L. (PI) NSERC Discovery Grant.

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Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Rice, C.L. (PI) NSERC Discovery Grant.

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of supervised student theses and dissertations in the repository.

Graduate Student Opportunities

For information about graduate student opportunities, you are invited to review the Neuromuscular Lab website. You may also contact professor Rice via email, at

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Joint Appointment, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Principal Investigator, Neuromuscular Lab
  • Associate Investigator, Lawson Health Research Institute - Imaging Division