Monica Gorassini


University of Alberta




[email protected]

Research Keywords

problems with motor movements, abnormal processing of sensory information, developmental nervous system damaage, Cerebral Palsy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Additional Information

Lab Methodologies
  • Single motor unit recordings
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Rehabilitation trials
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Human and animal electrophysiology
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Perinatal stroke


  • TMS (bistim)
  • Torque for ankle joint
  • High-impedance amplifiers for single motor unit recordings
  • ReJoyce workstation
  • Body Weight supported treadmill


Roles and Connections

Primary Role


CAN Connections

Nervous System Injury

Looking For

Accepting graduate students, Accepting postdoctoral fellows

Most Cited Publications

Gorassini MA, Knash ME, Harvey PJ, Bennett DJ, Yang JF, "Role of motoneurons in the generation of muscle spasms after spinal cord injury." Brain : a journal of neurology 127,Pt 10 (2004 Oct): 2247-58
Gorassini M, Yang JF, Siu M, Bennett DJ, "Intrinsic activation of human motoneurons: reduction of motor unit recruitment thresholds by repeated contractions." Journal of neurophysiology 87,4 (2002 Apr): 1859-66
Gorassini MA, Norton JA, Nevett-Duchcherer J, Roy FD, Yang JF, "Changes in locomotor muscle activity after treadmill training in subjects with incomplete spinal cord injury." Journal of neurophysiology 101,2 (2009 Feb): 969-79