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, 47 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


  • November 2019: More then 250 women have participated to our study! Thanks to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) Patient Alumni Association we have been able to reach the minimum number of participants. 
  • September 2019: Congratulations to Julie who is now a Learning Specialist with the SASS at uOttawa. 
  • July 2019: Close to 180 women have participated to our study! 
  • May 2019: Congratulations to Idu and our previous undergraduates students for publishing a new article! 
  • March 2019: Congratulations to our Honours and UROP students for finishing their projects! 
  • February 2019: The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) Patient Alumni Association has published an article about our study! We are very excited about this! 
  • September 2018: The clinical research studying the impact of Heart Attacks in Women has received the ethical approval from the University of Ottawa. Therefore, recruitment has officially started! For more details, please refer to the Clinical Study tab above.

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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