LÉONARD, Guillaume

Empowerment and environment research axis


819 780-2220 , 45246
819 821-8000 , 72933

Assistant Professor
School of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke

  • Postdoctorate in Physiotherapy
  • Ph.D. Clinical Science (Pain)
  • M.Sc. Human Kinetics (Neuroscience)
  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy
Research Themes

Using neurostimulation approaches and electrophysiology to better understand, assess, and relieve pain in the elderly

Chronic pain is a significant health problem for the elderly, affecting nearly one out of every two individuals in this age group. Professor Léonard focuses on this significant problem.  His work first aims at better understanding the interaction between the brain networks implicated in pain perception, movement and memory. Results from these research activities will help to get a better grasp on how the brain works, and to pinpoint the neurophysiological mechanisms that are potentially involved in the “chronification” of pain. Professor Leonard’s work also aims at improving the assessment and treatment of pain in elderly patients. Professor Leonard is particularly interested in the potential of neurostimulation techniques (peripheral neurostimulation, transcranial neurostimulation) as therapeutic alternatives to reduce pain and to maximise physical functioning in the elderly.

Representative Achievements

Scholarships and Grants

  • Junior 1 Grant Recipient Researcher (FRQS)
  • Discovery Grant (CRSNG)
  • Grants from various networks FRQS (RQRV, REPAR)

Selected Publications

  • Houde, F., Cabana, F., Léonard, G. Does age affect the relationship between pain and disability? A descriptive study in individuals suffering from chronic low back pain. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy (in press).

  • Bergeron-Vézina, K., Corriveau, H., Martel, M., Harvey, M.P., Léonard, G. (2015). High and low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) does not reduce experimental pain in elderly individuals. Pain, 156, 2093-2099.

  • Léonard, G., Goffaux, P., Marchand, S. (2010). Deciphering the role of endogenous opioids in high-frequency TENS using low and high doses of naloxone. Pain, 151, 215-219.

Other Publications (Google Scholar link)


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