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Martha Langford, PhD

Distinguished University Research Professor, Art History
Research Chair and Director, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art
Editor-in-chief, Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)


Martha Langford, PhD
Induction Ceremony, Royal Society of Canada, Halifax 2018
Office: S-EV 3721 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4696
Email: martha.langford@concordia.ca

Research interests

Neurophysiology, oscillations, movement, synchrony, population coding


Teaching activities

Undergrads

Justin DiLiello, volunteer research assistant (also through a FRSQ Summer Research Internship), Jan 2011-Jun 2012. Project: Building a video analysis Matlab interface for behavioral coding in rats for cerebellar recordings. Moved on to a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Ariana Frederick, research assistant, Independent Study, FRSQ Summer Research Internship and Honours in Exercise Science, May 2011-Aug 2013. Honours: Circadian rhythmicity and network electrophysiology in the cerebellum and basal ganglia. M.Sc. in Biology, Concordia University (Dr. Amir), Laboratory Technician at Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences, Univ. of Calgary.

Jaymee Shell, volunteer research assistant, Honours in Exercise Science, Jan 2012-Jun 2014. Honours: Ice hockey stickhandling rhythmic performance and sensorimotor TENS stimulation effects". M.Sc. in Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University (Dr. Pearsall), and M.D. student at McMaster University.

Justin Dionne, volunteer research assistant, Jan 2012-Jul 2012. Project: Developing a human posture paradigm as influenced by TENS. M.Sc. student in Exercise Science, Concordia University, in my lab.

Shannon Bellevue, Science College student, Jan-Aug 2013. Project: Integrating video body orientation and force platform data in rats.

Yousuf Uddin, Independent study, Jan-Aug 2016. Project: Integrating EEG with posture measurement and electrical stimulation.

Ronald Arrieta, Independent Study, Sept 2016-May 2017. Project: Neurophysiological representations and mapping of oscillations in the cerebellum. 


Grads
Jennifer C. Robinson*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Dec 2007 – Sept 2010. Graduated, Nov 2010. Thesis: Filling in the gaps: Cerebellar granule cell layer oscillations and the role of gap junctions in the anesthetized rat. PhD graduate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University (S. Williams), now postdoc at Boston University.

Jonathan Bourget-Murray, MSc student Exercise Science at Concordia University, Sept 2009 – 2012 (withdrew). Project: Parameters influencing oscillations in the cerebellum and striatum of the rat. 2010 W.R. Sellers Award Winner. M.D. resident, McGill University/Univ. of Calgary.

Daniel I. Aponte*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2010 – Nov 2013. Graduated, Jun 2014. Thesis: A novel task for evaluating anticipatory postural behaviour in rats. Ph.D. student, Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University (D. Pearsall).

Justin Dionne*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2012-Jan 2018. Graduated, Jun 2018. Thesis: Exploring the effects of rhythmic afferent alpha and gamma range electrical stimulation on processing mechanisms in a tone discrimination dual-task paradigm. 2013 W.R. Sellers Award Winner.

Stéfanie Tremblay*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2016-Dec 2018. Thesis: Cerebello-cortical coherence of local field potentials following patterned stimulation of the cerebellar vermis. 2018 W.R. Sellers Award Winner.

Amanda Cammalleri, MSc student Exercise Science at Concordia University, Sept-Dec 2018.


Research activities

Overview

How do neurons talk to one another? Using neurophysiological techniques, students and myself aim to identify how the activity in the brain is coordinated, either in the basic rhythmicity or in a functional manner. We use recordings from many electrodes to describe brain waves and nerve cell activity. In the cerebellum specifically, it is not yet known how groups of cells interact to produce coordinated sensation and behavior. Techniques used in the lab focus on describing the underlying mechanisms shaping populations of neurons, using signals from many single units as well as field potentials in vivo in the awake or anesthetized animal.

I study the neurophysiology of neuronal oscillations, centering on the cerebellum and basal ganglia.

Funding

Academic Unit Head Research stipend

Current lab members

Adriel Sayag, Honours student in Exercise Science; CUSRA Summer 2020


Publications

Fun fact

In my dreams, I play tennis really well.

Richard Courtemanche obtained his Ph.D. in Neurological Sciences (2000) from Université de Montréal, working with Dr. Yves Lamarre, and received his M.Sc. in Physical Activity Sciences (1994) from Université Laval under the supervision of Dr. Normand Teasdale. He did his postdoctoral training at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of Dr. Ann M. Graybiel. He joined the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia in 2002, and was received as a member of the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology in 2004.


Participation activities

Undergrads

Justin DiLiello, volunteer research assistant (also through a FRSQ Summer Research Internship), Jan 2011-Jun 2012. Project: Building a video analysis Matlab interface for behavioral coding in rats for cerebellar recordings. Moved on to a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Ariana Frederick, research assistant, Independent Study, FRSQ Summer Research Internship and Honours in Exercise Science, May 2011-Aug 2013. Honours: Circadian rhythmicity and network electrophysiology in the cerebellum and basal ganglia. M.Sc. in Biology, Concordia University (Dr. Amir), Laboratory Technician at Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences, Univ. of Calgary.

Jaymee Shell, volunteer research assistant, Honours in Exercise Science, Jan 2012-Jun 2014. Honours: Ice hockey stickhandling rhythmic performance and sensorimotor TENS stimulation effects". M.Sc. in Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University (Dr. Pearsall), and M.D. student at McMaster University.

Justin Dionne, volunteer research assistant, Jan 2012-Jul 2012. Project: Developing a human posture paradigm as influenced by TENS. M.Sc. student in Exercise Science, Concordia University, in my lab.

Shannon Bellevue, Science College student, Jan-Aug 2013. Project: Integrating video body orientation and force platform data in rats.

Yousuf Uddin, Independent study, Jan-Aug 2016. Project: Integrating EEG with posture measurement and electrical stimulation.

Ronald Arrieta, Independent Study, Sept 2016-May 2017. Project: Neurophysiological representations and mapping of oscillations in the cerebellum. 


Grads
Jennifer C. Robinson*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Dec 2007 – Sept 2010. Graduated, Nov 2010. Thesis: Filling in the gaps: Cerebellar granule cell layer oscillations and the role of gap junctions in the anesthetized rat. PhD graduate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University (S. Williams), now postdoc at Boston University.

Jonathan Bourget-Murray, MSc student Exercise Science at Concordia University, Sept 2009 – 2012 (withdrew). Project: Parameters influencing oscillations in the cerebellum and striatum of the rat. 2010 W.R. Sellers Award Winner. M.D. resident, McGill University/Univ. of Calgary.

Daniel I. Aponte*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2010 – Nov 2013. Graduated, Jun 2014. Thesis: A novel task for evaluating anticipatory postural behaviour in rats. Ph.D. student, Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University (D. Pearsall).

Justin Dionne*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2012-Jan 2018. Graduated, Jun 2018. Thesis: Exploring the effects of rhythmic afferent alpha and gamma range electrical stimulation on processing mechanisms in a tone discrimination dual-task paradigm. 2013 W.R. Sellers Award Winner.

Stéfanie Tremblay*, MSc Exercise Science, Concordia University, Sept 2016-Dec 2018. Thesis: Cerebello-cortical coherence of local field potentials following patterned stimulation of the cerebellar vermis. 2018 W.R. Sellers Award Winner.

Amanda Cammalleri, MSc student Exercise Science at Concordia University, Sept-Dec 2018.

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