Chris McNeil

Associate Professor

School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Office: Art 133
Phone: 250.807.9664

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

McNeil's program of research uses an integrative approach to investigate the performance and plasticity (adaptability) of the human neuromuscular system.

Courses & Teaching

HMKN 315 – Laboratory Techniques in Sensorimotor Neuroscience
HMKN 415 – Muscle Fatigue



Postdoctoral Fellowship – Neuroscience Research Australia
Ph.D. – The University of Western Ontario
B.Ed. – The University of Western Ontario
B.Sc. – The University of Western Ontario

Research Interests & Projects

I use an integrative approach to study the performance and adaptability of the human neuromuscular system.  My interests include acute interventions such as muscle fatigue or conditioning stimuli and chronic perturbations such as aging, training or disease. Please visit the website for my lab (Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology Lab) to learn more about:

  • my program of research
  • the experimental techniques used in the lab
  • educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students
  • how to get involved as a research participant.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Since 2018
Kennefick M, Burma JS, van Donkelaar P, McNeil CJ (In Press). Corticospinal excitability is enhanced while preparing for complex movements. Accepted by Experimental Brain Research on December 20, 2018 (DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-05464-0)

Sypkes CT, Contento V, Bent LR, McNeil CJ, Power GA (In Press). Central contributions to torque depression: an antagonist perspective. Accepted by Experimental Brain Research on November 12, 2018 (DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-5435-8)

Ruggiero L, McNeil CJ (2019). Supraspinal fatigue and neural-evoked responses in Lowlanders and Sherpa at 5050m. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 51(1):183-192

Willie CK, Stembridge M, Hoiland RL, Tymko MM, Tremblay JC, Patrician A, Steinback C, Moore J, Anholm J, Subedi P, Niroula S, McNeil CJ, McManus A, MacLeod DB, Ainslie PN (2018). UBC-Nepal Expedition: An experimental overview of the 2016 University of British Columbia Scientific Expedition to Nepal Himalaya. PLoS ONE 13(10):e0204660

Ruggiero L, Hoiland RL, Hansen AB, Ainslie PN, McNeil CJ (2018). UBC-Nepal Expedition: peripheral fatigue recovers faster in Sherpa than Lowlanders at high altitude. The Journal of Physiology. 596(22):5365-5377

Sidhu SK, Weavil JC, Thurston TS, Rosenberger DS, Jessop JE, Wang E, Richardson RS, McNeil CJ, Amann M (2018). Fatigue-related group III/IV muscle afferent feedback facilitates intracortical inhibition during locomotor exercise. The Journal of Physiology. 596(19):4789-4801

Sypkes CT, Kozlowski BJ, Grant J, Bent LR, McNeil CJ, Power GA (2018). The influence of residual force enhancement on spinal and supraspinal excitability. PeerJ 6:e5421

McNeil CJ, Rice CL (2018). Neuromuscular adaptations to healthy aging. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 43(11):1158-1165

Weavil JC, Hureau TJ, Thurston TS, Sidhu SK, Garten RS, Nelson AD, McNeil CJ, Richardson RS, Amann M (2018). The impact of age on the development of fatigue during large and small muscle mass exercise. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 315(4):R741-R750

Dominelli PB, McNeil CJ, Vermeulen TD, Stuckless T, Brown C, Dominelli GS, Swenson ER, Teppema LJ, Foster GE (2018). Effect of acetazolamide and methazolamide on diaphragm and dorsiflexor fatigue: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Applied Physiology. 125(3):770-779

Yacyshyn AF, Nettleton J, McNeil CJ (2018). The effects of sex and motoneuron pool on central fatigue. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 50(5):1061-1069

Ruggiero L, Yacyshyn AF, Nettleton J, McNeil CJ (2018). Response to letter to the editor by Finn et al. 2018. The Journal of Physiology. 596(15):3427-3427

Ruggiero L, Yacyshyn AF, Nettleton J, McNeil CJ (2018). UBC-Nepal Expedition: acclimatization to high-altitude increases spinal motoneurone excitability during fatigue in humans. The Journal of Physiology. 596(15):3327-3339

For a complete list of my publications, visit PubMed at the following link:


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