David Collins


University of Alberta




[email protected]

Research Keywords

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and contraction fatigue, Motoneurons and the neural control of human movement, reflex, spinal cord injury, functional electrical stimulation, motor unit, motor control, sensorimotor integration

Additional Information

Lab Methodologies
  • Electromyography
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • MagPro TMS unit
  • Brainsight image guided stimulation system
  • Biodex System 3 dynamometer
  • Biodex dynamometer
  • Digitimer stimulator
  • Digitimer EMG system
  • Brainsight image guided stimulation system
  • Medtronic transcranial magnetic stimulator
PubMed Search String

David F Collins [Author – full]

Biographical Information

The overarching theme of the research in our laboratory is the neural control of movement. We are currently investigating the extent to which the excitability of human motoneurons changes according to the task at hand. We are also conducting research into ways to improve how functional electrical stimulation is delivered to generate contractions for individuals experiencing paralysis.

Most Cited Publications

Collins DF, "Central contributions to contractions evoked by tetanic neuromuscular electrical stimulation." Exercise and sport sciences reviews 35,3 (2007 Jul): 102-9
Zehr EP, Carroll TJ, Chua R, Collins DF, Frigon A, Haridas C, Hundza SR, Thompson AK, "Possible contributions of CPG activity to the control of rhythmic human arm movement." Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology 82,8-9 (2004 Aug-Sep): 556-68
Frigon A, Collins DF, Zehr EP, "Effect of rhythmic arm movement on reflexes in the legs: modulation of soleus H-reflexes and somatosensory conditioning." Journal of neurophysiology 91,4 (2004 Apr): 1516-23