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, 52 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


  • September 2020: Congratulations to Julie who received a promotion and will now be the SASS coordinator at the University of Ottawa!
  • August 2020: Congratulations to Nicolás who will be beginning his pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the end of the month! 
  • July 2020: More than 400 women have participated in our online study! 
  • June 2020: Congratulations to Nicolas and Valérie for the publication of their scientific article!
  • May 2020: Dr. Plamondon has received a research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for the next five years!  
  • April 2020: Marilou has been award a USRA-NSERC for the summer to work in our lab. Congratulations! 
  • March 2020: Congratulations to Julie and Alex for the publication of their scientific article!
  • 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. 

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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