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Discipline(s) enseignée(s)

Discipline(s)/Research Interest: Exercise physiology, neuromuscular physiology, fatigue

Thèmes de recherche

I am interested in exercise and neuromuscular physiology. My overarching research interests involve identifying and underpinning the interrelation between skeletal muscle function/fatigability and its effect on exercise tolerance due to a specific performance task or intervention under different conditions. A better understanding of the mechanisms of fatigue development during exercise can then allow for improved athletic performance and outcomes for patients.

My current research is focused on the impact of blood flow restriction exercise on muscle fatigability. In this regard, we are investigating novel training interventions and training supplements which may lead to acute or prolonged physiological adaptations and improvements in physical performance. Our main interests surround the effects of neuromuscular (e.g. biochemical changes, neural excitation) and cardiovascular (e.g. vessel function) determinants.

Activités / CV

Academic Training

  • Ph.D. Student, Exercise Physiology, Université Côte d’Azur, France
Dates: Sept 2020 – Present
Project title: Neuromuscular implications of blood flow restriction training in health and hypertension: the role of group III/IV muscle afferents
Advisers: Dr. Grégory Blain & Dr. Markus Amann
  • M.Sc., Exercise and Health Physiology, University of Calgary, Canada
Dates: Jan 2017 – Nov 2019
Project Title: The effect of radiation therapy and a 12-week novel strength training intervention on neuromuscular function and fatigability in people diagnosed with head and neck cancer
Advisers: Dr. Guillaume Millet & Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed
  • Graduate Certificate, Exercise Science, Niagara College, Canada
Dates: Sept 2015 – Apr 2016
  • B.Sc., Health and Physical Education, Campbell University, U.S.A.
Dates: Aug 2009 – May 2013

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Exercise Physiology
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Canada
Dates: Jan 2018 – Dec 2018
  • Fitness Instructor
Canadian Forces Moral and Welfare Services, Toronto, Canada
Dates: June 2016 – Dec 2016

Professional Accreditations

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Dates: Mar 2016 – Present
  • High Performance Specialist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Dates: Mar 2016 – Present

Informations complémentaires

Published Manuscripts

  • Lavigne C, Twomey R, Lau H, Francis G, Culos-Reed SN, Millet GY (2020). Feasibility of eccentric overloading and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve muscle strength and muscle mass after treatment for head and neck cancer. J Cancer Surviv, 14(6), 790–805. doi:10.1007/s11764-020-00893-9.
  • Lavigne C, Lau H, Francis G, Culos-Reed SN, Millet GY, Twomey R (2020). Neuromuscular function and fatigability in people diagnosed with head and neck cancer before versus after treatment. Eur J Appl Physiol, 120(6), 1289-1304. doi:10.1007/s00421-020-04362-0.


(Preprints are the author’s final version of a manuscript, made publicly available on an open access repository. Those listed below are currently under peer review).
  • Twomey R, Lavigne C, Culos-Reed SN, Millet GY (2020). Cardiopulmonary exercise testing for the measurement of maximal oxygen uptake in people with cancer-related fatigue: a retrospective analysis. SportRχiv. DOI: 10.31236/