François Tremblay
François Tremblay
Emeritus Professor

1997 Ph.D. Neurological Sciences University of Montreal
1989 M.Sc. Neurobiology Laval University
1985 B.Sc. Physiotherapy Laval University

RGN 3061
613-562-5800 ext. 8455


François Tremblay holds a bachelor’s in physiotherapy (1985) and a master’s in neurobiology (1989) from Université Laval, as well as a PhD in neurological science from the Université de Montréal (1997). At the University of Ottawa, he has established a research program on the impact of aging on hand function, while also developing expertise in the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an increasingly popular technique that allows for exploration of the human corticospinal system. In his study of manual dexterity, he relies in part on his expertise in the psychophysics of tactile feedback. Professor Tremblay teaches graduate courses in human kinetics and at the School of Psychology. He is also senior scientist at the Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute, where he serves as principal investigator in the clinical neuroscience lab.

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Research interests

  • Neurophysiological exploration with transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Neurophysiological aspects of human aging
  • Sensory-motor integration and manual dexterity
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation


  • Hosel, K., Tremblay, F., (2021). Facilitation of Motor Evoked Potentials in Response to a Modified 30 Hz Intermittent Theta-Burst Stimulation Protocol in Healthy Adults. Brain Sci. 11, 1640.
  • Khaleel, R**., & Tremblay, F. (2020). Modulation of the cutaneous and cortical silent period in response to local menthol application. Somatosens Mot Res, 37(4), 277-283. doi: 10.1080/08990220.2020.1815691
  • Tremblay, F. (2021). On the issue of measuring interhemispheric inhibition in unilateral stroke. Clin Neurophysiol, 132(2), 688-689. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2020.09.028.
  • Houle J*, Tremblay F (2020) Neurophysiological basis of manual force asymmetries in young and senior adults. Laterality:1-21 doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2020.1722149.
  • Gibson* J and Tremblay F. (2019). Differential modulation of pressure pain threshold in response to transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation with physical activity level. Neurosci. Lett. 698, 154-159. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2019.01.025.
  • Ansari Y*, Tremblay F (2019) Short-latency afferent-induced facilitation and inhibition as predictors of thermally induced variations in corticomotor excitability. Exp Brain Res 237:1445-1455 doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05522-1
  • Ansari, Y*., Remaud, A., and Tremblay, F. (2018). Modulation of corticomotor excitability in response to distal focal cooling. PeerJ 6, e6163. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6163.
  • Rabipour*, S., Vidjen**, P.S., Remaud, A., Davidson, P.S.R., and Tremblay, F. (2018). Examining the Interactions Between Expectations and tDCS Effects on Motor and Cognitive Performance. Front. Neurosci. 12, 999. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00999.