Welcome to the laboratory of Cerebro-Vascular Accidents and Behavioural Recovery website

The Cerebro-Vascular Accidents and Behavioural Recovery Laboratory (CVABRL) was created in 1998 by Dr Plamondon. Since its creation, 44 students have completed their honours thesis, 3 have completed their masters and 7 have completed their Ph.D.

Our research is focusing on the study of Cerebro-Vascular Accidents (CVA). We are mainly interested inalterations of discrete brain regions affecting memory and emotional responses such as the hippocampus, the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. We are studying the plastic and neurochemical changes in these regions following an ischemic stroke. We wish to unlock the mechanisms underlying recovery of cognitive functions following a CVA and the role of discrete peptide systems or neuroprotective agents, which promote plasticity following these lesions in order to maximize functional recovery.

For these studies, we use animal models, histological, pharmacological and molecular techniques as well as different behavioural tests.

Lab Team Members, April 2016


  • May 2018 : Congratulations to Valérie who has been awarded the NSERC and FRQNT Schoolarship!
  • April 2018 : Congratulations to Matilda who has been awarded the USRA-NSERC summer Schoolaship !
  • March 2018: Congratulations to Honours and UROP students for finishing their projects!
  • February 2018: Valerie, Matilda and Nicolas will present their projects at the 29th International Conference of Applied Psychology(ICAP)! ICAP is the biggest conference in Psychology! 
  • December 2017 : Congratulations to Dr. Plamondon and Nicolas who has been awarded the Research Development Program grant !
  • November 2017 : Nicolas has successfully defend his Doctoral thesis proposal ! Nicolas's doctoral thesis will examine the impact of stress on women's cognition after a Myocardial Infarction. 

Prospective Students

If you are interested in joining our laboratory as a prospective Graduate student, Honour Student, UROP, USRA - NSERC or volunteer, please consult the Join the Team section under the Members menu.

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