Laurent Bouyer

Laurent Bouyer

525, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

Québec (Québec)  G1M 2S8

 418 529-9141 # 6661

Neurophysiologist interested by human motor control and motor learning after CNS injury/disease or muskuloskeletal problems. Also interested in the development of new robotic devices and data processing software for rehabilitation. 

Regular Researcher, CIRRIS
Full Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval
Research theme: 
Motor function, sense and perception
Physical environment
Technological environment
Research goal: 
Evaluation and Analysis
Development and validation
Understanding of the mechanisms, phenomena and needs

Academic background

  • B.Sc..Physiology, McGill University
  • Ph.D. Neurophysiology, McGill University

Research interests

  • Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the control and adaptation of human walking.
  • Force field-induced adaptation of human walking.
  • Adaptive capacity of human walking after spinal cord injury.
  • Design of robotic devices for rehabilitation.
  • Reflex testing. 

Articles in scientific journals (peer-reviewed)

Impact of online visual feedback on motor acquisition and retention when learning to reach in a force field.

Batcho CS, Gagné M, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS, Mercier C. Neuroscience. 2016;337:267–275

Roosink M, McFadyen BJ, Hébert LJ, Jackson PL, Bouyer LJ, Mercier C.
PLoS One. 2015 Mar 23;10(3):e0120251. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120251. eCollection 2015.
PMID: 25799009
Roosink M, Robitaille N, McFadyen BJ, Hébert LJ, Jackson PL, Bouyer LJ, Mercier C. (2015) J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2015 Jan 5;12(1):2. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-12-2.  PMID: 25558785 [PubMed - in process]
Blanchette AK, Noël M, Richards CL, Nadeau S, Bouyer LJ.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2014 Jun 9;11:98. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-98.
PMID: 24912626
Bouffard J, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS, Mercier C.
J Neurosci. 2014 Jul 9;34(28):9190-5.
doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5303-13.2014. PMID: 25009252
Ngomo S, Mercier C, Bouyer LJ, Savoie A, Roy JS.
Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb;126(2):365-71. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.05.035. Epub 2014 Jun 21.
PMID: 25043198

Bastien, M., Moffet, H., Bouyer, L., Perron, M., Hébert, L. J., & Leblond, J. (2014). Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 23, 44–55. doi:10.1123/jsr.2012-0132

Esculier, J.-F., Roy, J.-S., & Bouyer, L. J. (2013). Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, 2181–2190. doi:10.3109/09638288.2013.774061

Duclos C, Nadeau S, Bourgeois N, Bouyer L, Richards CL.
Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon).  2014 Mar;29(3):265-71.
doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2013.12.012. Epub 2013 Dec 22


Gagnon, P., Maltais, F., Bouyer, L., Ribeiro, F., Coats, V., Brouillard, C., … Saey, D. (2013). Distal leg muscle function in patients with COPD. COPD, 10, 235–42. doi:10.3109/15412555.2012.719047

Lalumiere, M., Gagnon, D., Routhier, F., Desroches, G., Hassan, J., & Bouyer, L. (2013). Effects of rolling resistances on handrim kinetics during the performance of wheelies among manual wheelchair users with a spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 51, 245–251.

Blanchette A, Moffet H, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Effects of repeated walking in a perturbing environment: a 4-day locomotor learning study. Journal of Neurophysiol.  2012 Jul;108(1):275-84.

Barthélemy, D., Alain, S., Grey, M. J., Nielsen, J. B. & Bouyer, L. J. (2012). Rapid changes in corticospinal excitability during force field adaptation of human walking. Experimental Brain Research, 217, 99-115.

Blanchette, A., Lambert, S., Richards, C. L. & Bouyer, L. J. (2011). Walking while resistinga perturbation: Effects on ankledorsiflexoractivation during swing and potential for rehabilitation. Gait & Posture, 34(3), 358-63.

Bagna, M. & Bouyer, L. J. (2011). A new approach for detecting and analyzing cutaneous reflexes during locomotion. Journal of neurophysiology, 105(3), 1406-15.

Barthélemy, D., Grey, M. J., Nielsen, J. B. & Bouyer, L. J. (2011). Involvement of the corticospinal tract in the control of human gait. Progress in brain research 192, 181-97.

Nadeau, S., Bouyer, L. J., Duclos, C. & Richards, C. L. (2011). Guiding task-oriented gait training after stroke or spinal cord injury by means of a biomechanical gait analysis. Progress in brain research, 192, 161-80.

Bouyer, L. J. (2011). Challenging the adaptive capacity of rhythmic movement control: from denervation to force field adaptation. Progress in brain research, 188, 119-34.

Blanchette A, Bouyer LJ. Timing-specific transfer of adapted muscle activity after walking in an elastic force field. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Jul;102(1):568-77.

Fortin, K., Blanchette, A., McFadyen, B. J. & Bouyer L. J. (2009). Effects of walking in a force field for varying durations on aftereffects and on next day performance. Experimental Brain Research, 199(2), 145-55.

Marquis, N., Debigaré, R., Bouyer, L., Saey, D., Laviolette, L., Brouillard, C. & Maltais, F. (2009). Physiology of walking in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Med Sci Sports Exerc., 41(8), 1540-8.

Noel, M., Fortin, K. & Bouyer, L.J. (2009). Using an electrohydraulic ankle foot orthosis to study modifications in feedforward control during locomotor adaptation to force fields applied in stance. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation 2009(6), 16.

Noël M, Cantin B, Lambert S, Gosselin CM, Bouyer LJ. An electrohydraulic actuated ankle foot orthosis to generate force fields and to test proprioceptive reflexes during human walking. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2008 Aug;16(4):390-9.

Rossignol S, Barrière G, Frigon A, Barthélemy D, Bouyer L, Provencher J, Leblond H, Bernard G. Plasticity of locomotor sensorimotor interactions after peripheral and/or spinal lesions. Brain Res Rev. 2008 Jan; 57(1):228-40.

Bernard G, Bouyer L, Provencher J, Rossignol S. Study of cutaneous reflex compensation during locomotion after nerve section in the cat. J Neurophysiol. 2007 Jun;97(6):4173-85.

McFadyen BJ, Bouyer L, Bent LR, Inglis JT Visual-vestibular influences on locomotor adjustments for stepping over an obstacle. Exp Brain Res. 2007 May;179(2):235-43.

Bouyer LJ. Animal models for studying potential training strategies in persons with spinal cord injury. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2005 Sep; 29(3):117-25.

Scientific presentations (oral or poster)

Effect of experimental muscle pain on the acquisition and retention of locomotor adaptation

Bouffard J, Salomoni SE, Tucker K, Van der Hoorn W, Mercier C, Roy JS, Hodges PW, Bouyer LJ.
Society for Neuroscience, Washington, USA, November 15-19, 2014

Dermoskeletal techonology as a means to improve mobility in individuals with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study

Bouyer, L., Routhier, F., Rahn, C. & McFadyen, B. (2014). RESNA 2014. Indianapolis, IN, USA, June 11-15. 

Interactive Virtual Reality Real-Time Avatar for Military Rehabilitation in the Canadian Forces.

Hébert LJ, McFadyen B, Robitaille N, Larochelle J, Mercier C, Jackson P. L., Bouyer L, Fecteau S, Richards, CL. (2013) Interactive Virtual Reality Real-Time Avatar for Military Rehabilitation in the Canadian Forces. Collaboration and Support Office de l'OTAN, NATO Science and Technology Organisation Meeting Proceedings, March 2013;1-13.

Interactive Virtual Reality Real-Time Avatar for Military Rehabilitation in the Canadian Forces.

Hébert, L.J., McFadyen, B.J., Robitaille, N., Larochelle, J., Mercier, C., Jackson, P. L., Bouyer, L., Fecteau, S., Richards, C. (2013, April). Interactive Virtual Reality Real-Time Avatar for Military Rehabilitation in the Canadian Forces. Oral presentation at the HFM-228 SYMPOSIUM, Milan, Italy.

Research professionals

  • Caroline Rahn, PT
  • Steve Forest

Graduate students

  • Maimouna Bagna M.Sc. Ing.
  • Jean-Francois Esculier (co-direction)
  • Joel Filion
  • Louis-Philippe Dugas (co-direction)
  • Michael Bertrand-Charrette


  • Society for Neuroscience
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research


CIUSSS-CN Université Laval Alliance santé Québec