Experts in: Epilepsy
- Clinical neuropsychology
- Neuropsychological assessment of adults
- Canada (Québec)
- Cognitive neuroimaging
- Cerebral and cognitive development
- Electrophysiology (EEG)
- Optical imaging (NIRS)
- Congenital heart disease
- Newborns, children and teenagers
- Learning disorders - Learning disabilities
- Child development
- Language acquisition
My current research mainly concerns the cognitive and cerebral effects of different pediatric diseases and syndromes, such as epilepsy, infantile spasms, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), prematurity and congenital cardiac anomalies. In the laboratory, I use neuropsychological assessment and neuroimaging (optical imaging (NIRS), electroencephalography) and magnetoencephalography (MEG)) to better understand these pathologies and their impact on brain development, identify predictive markers for certain related disorders or developmental prognostics and develop pre-surgical assessment techniques suitable for use with these populations.
- Child development
- Cognitive neuroscience
- The brain and learning
- Pathological development
- Acquired lesions
- Developmental lesions
As adults we are often amazed by how quickly and easily children learn. There are many factors influencing child development. My research program is aimed at better understanding the cerebral mechanisms involved in learning processes in children and infants.
- Study of cerebral mechanisms for learning in healthy children.
- Links with normal brain development, sleep/wake cycles, nutrition, family environment, self-regulation by children, etc.
Second, I am interested in the pathologies that sometimes occur at key moments in child development and can be harmful to cerebral, cognitive and emotional development. For instance, I am studying the effects of epilepsy caused by a developmental lesion and epilepsy with no apparent cause.
Investigation methods: neuroimaging (structural and functional), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), behaviour (eye tracking, neuropsychological tests).