Assistant Professor

ART 133
phone: 2508079664
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – Neuroscience Research Australia (supervisors: Prof. Simon Gandevia and Dr. Janet Taylor)
  • Ph.D. – The University of Western Ontario (Kinesiology; supervisor: Dr. Charles Rice)
  • B.Ed. – The University of Western Ontario (Intermediate-Senior Physical & Health Education and General Science)
  • B.Sc. – The University of Western Ontario (Kinesiology)


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.

At present, I teach the following three undergraduate courses:

  • HMKN 101 – Biomechanics
  • HMKN 315 – Laboratory Techniques in Sensorimotor Neuroscience
  • HMKN 415 – Muscle Fatigue


McNeil CJ, Allen MD, Olympico E, Shoemaker JK, Rice CL (2015). Blood flow and muscle oxygenation during low, moderate and maximal sustained isometric contractions. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 309(5):R475-481

Kennedy DS, McNeil CJ, Gandevia SC, Taylor JL (2014). Fatigue-related firing of distal muscle nociceptors reduces voluntary activation or proximal muscles of the same limb. Journal of Applied Physiology. 116(4):385-394

McNeil CJ, Butler JE, Taylor JL, Gandevia SC (2013). Testing the excitability of human motoneurones. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:152

Gandevia SC, McNeil CJ, Carroll TJ, Taylor JL (2013). Twitch interpolation: superimposed twitches decline progressively during a tetanic contraction of human adductor pollicis. Journal of Physiology. 591(5):1373-1383

McNeil CJ, Giesebrecht S, Khan SI, Gandevia SC, Taylor JL (2011). The reduction in human motoneurone responsiveness during muscle fatigue is not prevented by increased muscle spindle discharge. Journal of Physiology. 589(15):3731-3738

McNeil CJ, Giesebrecht S, Gandevia SC, Taylor JL (2011). Behaviour of the motoneurone pool in a fatiguing submaximal contraction. Journal of Physiology. 589(14):3533-3544

McNeil CJ, Martin PG, Gandevia SC, Taylor JL (2009). The response to paired motor cortical stimuli is abolished at a spinal level during human muscle fatigue. Journal of Physiology. 587(23):5601-5612

McNeil CJ and Rice CL (2007). Fatigability is increased with age during velocity-dependent contractions of the dorsiflexors. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 62(6):M624-629

McNeil CJ, Vandervoort AA, Rice CL (2007). Peripheral impairments cause a progressive age-related loss of strength and velocity-dependent power in the dorsiflexors. Journal of Applied Physiology. 102(5):1962-1968

McNeil CJ, Doherty TJ, Stashuk DW, Rice CL (2005). Motor unit number estimates in the tibialis anterior muscle of young, old, and very old men. Muscle and Nerve. 31(4):461-467

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