The Exercise Neuroscience Group (ENG) is comprised of a group of Canadian scientists who share an interest in the application of neuroscience to the field of exercise and movement science. Originally dubbed the Ontario Exercise Neuroscience Group, the membership has expanded to include researchers operating as far East as Memorial University Newfoundland and as far West as University of British Columbia.  The idea for this group came from the late Dr. Enzo Cafarelli, who was passionate about graduate student education and wanted to have a forum to allow grad students to present their work and meet with other students and faculty members who shared an interest in exercise neuroscience. The group has been meeting biennially for the Exercise Neuroscience Conference for the last 20 years, and we look forward to hosting you in June! Hamilton Hall, McMaster University

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Chen

Dr. Joyce Chen
University of Toronto

Dr. Joyce Chen obtained her BSc in Physical Therapy at McGill University and worked as a Physical Therapist specializing in the rehabilitation of movements after brain injury such as stroke. This began her fascination with the brain, its ability to change in response to injury and training. She obtained her PhD at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University where her research elucidated the neural basis for how we synchronize our actions with sounds - something you might find yourself doing when tapping to the beat of music or dancing.

Dr.Joyce Chen is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, and Director of the Training and Enhancing Motor Performance Outcomes (TEMPO) Lab. The aim of TEMPO Lab research is to discover the limits of the brain’s plasticity. Using fundamental and applied research approaches, her lab aims to explore how far can we push motor performance in a musician or athlete, and find ways to enhance the brain's plasticity so that people with stroke can improve their capacity to move.

Dr. Kalmar

Dr. Jayne Kalmar
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Jayne Kalmar is a neuromuscular physiologist who focuses on spinal and cortical mechanisms of compensation during fatigue, and task-dependent modulation of corticospinal excitability. Jayne received her PhD in Biology from York University in 2005 where she was mentored by Dr. Enzo Cafarelli, one of the founders of Exercise Neuroscience Group. She completed a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Phil Gardiner at the Spinal Cord Research Centre at the University of Manitoba before joining the Department of Kinesiology at Laurier in 2008.