I am a kinesiologist and a physical therapist. My MSc focused on the impact of muscle fatigue and sensory supplementation on proprioception and postural control. During my PhD, I investigated the central mechanisms underlying age-related decline in proprioception on the Techniques for Biomedical Engineering and Complexity Management – Informatics, Mathematics and Applications Grenoble (TIMC – IMAG) team that is embedded in the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Universite Grenoble – Alpes (France). As a postdoc at KU Leuven (Belgium) and UBC (Canada), I explore the brain predictors of postural instability/falls, action selection, bimanual coordination, and automatic tendencies to approach and avoid stimuli depicting physical activity and sedentary behaviors.

Publications

Articles as First or Last Author

  • Cheval B, Radel R, Neva JL, Boyd LA, Swinnen SP, Sander D, Boisgontier MP.
    Behavioral and neural evidence of the rewarding value of exercise behaviors: A systematic review.
    Sports Medicine 2018 doi: 10.1007/s40279-018-0898-0
  • Cheval B, Tipura E, Burra N, Chanal J, Orsholits D, Radel R, Boisgontier MP.
    Avoiding sedentary behaviors requires more cortical resources than avoiding physical activity: An EEG study.
    BioRxiv 2018 doi: 10.1101/277988
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, van Ruitenbeek P, Cuypers K, Leunissen I, Sunaert S, Meesen R, Zivari Adab H, Renaud O, Swinnen SP.
    Cerebellar grey matter explains bimanual coordination performance in children and older adults.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2018, 65:109-120. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2018.01.016
  • Zivari Adab H, Chalavi S, Beets IAM, Gooijers J, Leunissen I, Cheval B, Collier Q, Sijbers J, Jeurissen B, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    White matter microstructural organization of interhemispheric pathways predicts different stages of bimanual coordination learning in young and older adults.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 2018, 47:446–459. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13841
  • Cheval B, Sieber S, Guessous I, Orsholits D, Courvoisier DS, Kliegel M, Stringhini S, Swinnen SP, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S, Boisgontier MP.
    Effect of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances on physical inactivity.
    Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2018, 50:476-485. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001472
  • Cheval B*, Boisgontier MP*, Orsholits D , Sieber S, Guessous I, Gabriel R, Stringhini S, Blane D, van der Linden BWA, Kliegel M, Burton-Jeangros C, Courvoisier DS, Cullati S.
    Association of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances with muscle strength in older age.
    Age & Ageing 2018 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy003
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, Chalavi S, van Ruitenbeek P, Leunissen I, Levin O, Nieuwboer A, Swinnen SP.
    Individual differences in brainstem and basal ganglia structure predict postural control and loss of balance in young and older adults.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2017, 50:47–59. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.10.024
  • Maes C, Gooijers J, Orban de Xivry JJ, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    Two hands, one brain, and aging.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2017, 75:234–256. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.052
  • Corporaal SHA, Gooijers J, Chalavi S, Cheval B, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    Neural predictors of motor control and impact of visuo-proprioceptive information in youth.
    Human Brain Mapping 2017, 38:5628–5647. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23754
  • Boisgontier MP, Serbruyns L, Swinnen SP.
    Physical activity predicts performance in an unpracticed bimanual coordination task.
    Frontiers in Psychology 2017, 8:249. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00249
  • Boisgontier MP, van Ruitenbeek P, Leunissen I, Chalavi S, Sunaert S, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Nucleus accumbens and caudate atrophy predicts longer action selection times in young and old adults.
    Human Brain Mapping 2016, 37:4629–4639. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23333
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B.
    The anova to mixed model transition.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, 68:1004–1005. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.05.034
  • Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP.
    Age-related deficit in a bimanual joint position matching task is amplitude dependent.
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2015, 7:162. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00162
  • Boisgontier MP.
    Motor aging results from cerebellar neuron death.
    Trends in Neurosciences 2015, 38:127–128. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2015.01.003
  • Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP.
    Proprioception in the cerebellum .
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2014, 8:212. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00212
  • Boisgontier MP, Wittenberg G, Fujiyama H, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Complexity of central processing in simple and choice multilimb reaction-time tasks.
    PLoS One 2014, 9:e90457. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090457
  • Boisgontier MP, Van Halewyck F, Corporaal SHA, Willacker L, Van den Bergh V, Beets IAM, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Vision of the active limb impairs bimanual motor tracking in young and older adults.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2014, 6:320. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00320
  • Moineau B, Boisgontier MP.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation improves mobility of pre-stiff thumbs after ulnar collateral ligament injury of the metacarpophalangeal joint: a randomized study.
    Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 2014, 57:373-380. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2014.04.004
  • Boisgontier MP, Beets IAM, Duysens J, Nieuwboer A, Krampe RT, Swinnen SP.
    Age-related differences in attentional cost associated with postural dual tasks: Increased recruitment of generic cognitive resources in older adults.
    Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2013, 37:1824–1837. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.07.014
  • Boisgontier MP, Nougier V.
    Proprioception: bilateral inputs first.
    Neuroscience Letters 2013, 534:96–100. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.11.050
  • Boisgontier MP, Nougier V.
    Ageing of internal models: From a continuous to an intermittent proprioceptive control of movement.
    Age 2013, 35:1339–1355. doi: 10.1007/s11357-012-9436-4
  • Boisgontier MP, Olivier I, Chenu O, Nougier V.
    Presbypropria: The effects of physiological ageing on proprioceptive control.
    Age 2012, 34:1179–1194. doi: 10.1007/s11357-011-9300-y
  • Boisgontier MP, Moineau B, Nougier V.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation comfortably improves the endurance of maximal voluntary contractions.
    Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2012, 52:558-562.
  • Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Changes in the relative contribution of each leg to the control of quiet two-legged stance following unilateral plantar-flexor muscles fatigue.
    European Journal of Applied Physiology 2010, 24:192–195. doi: 10.1007/s00421-010-1449-z
  • Boisgontier M, Vuillerme N, Iversen MD.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation decreases maximal grip force.
    Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2010, 50:152-158.
  • Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Effectiveness of a tongue-placed electrotactile biofeedback to improve ankle force sense following plantar-flexor muscles fatigue.
    Gait & Posture 2009, 30:556–559. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.07.124
  • Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Muscle fatigue degrades force sense at the ankle joint.
    Gait & Posture 2008, 28:521-524. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2008.03.005

Articles as Co-Author

  • Bonifazi P, Erramuzpe A, Diez I, Gabilondo I, Boisgontier MP, Pauwels L, Stramaglia S, Swinnen SP, Cortes J.
    What the structural-functional connectome reveals about brain aging: The key role of the fronto-striatal-thalamic circuit and the rejuvenating impact of physical activity.
    BioRxiv 2018 doi: 10.1101/183939
  • Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Effects of wrist tendon vibration and eye movements on manual aiming.
    Experimental Brain Research 2018, 236:847-857. doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5180-z
  • Corporaal SHA, Bruijn S, Hoogkamer W, Chalavi S, Boisgontier MP, Duysens J, Swinnen SP, Gooijers J.
    Different neural substrates for precision stepping and fast online step adjustments in youth.
    Brain Structure & Function 2018, 223:2039–2053. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1586-9
  • Chalavi S, Zivari Adab H, Pauwels L, Beets IAM, van Ruitenbeek P, Boisgontier MP, Santos Monteiro T, Maes C, Sunaert S, Swinnen SP.
    Anatomy of subcortical structures predicts age-related differences in skill acquisition.
    Cerebral Cortex 2018, 28:459–473. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw382
  • Santos Monteiro T, Beets IAM, Boisgontier MP, Gooijers J, Pauwels L, Chalavi S, King B, Albouy G, Swinnen SP.
    Relative cortico-subcortical shift in brain activity but preserved training-induced neural modulation in older adults during bimanual motor learning.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2017, 58:54–67. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.06.004
  • Cheval B, Sarrazin PG, Boisgontier MP, Radel R.
    Temptations toward behaviors minimizing energetic costs automatically activate physical activity goals in successful exercisers.
    Psychology of Sport and Exercise 2017, 30:110–117. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.02.006
  • Helsen WF, Van Halewyck F, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Lavrysen A, Elliott D.
    Manual aiming in healthy aging: Does proprioception acuity make the difference?.
    Age 2016, 2325.0. doi: 10.1007/s11357-016-9908-z
  • Van Halewyck F, Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Factors underlying age-related changes in discrete aiming.
    Experimental Brain Research 2015, 233:1733–1744. doi: 10.1007/s00221-015-4247-3
  • Beets IAM, Gooijers J, Boisgontier MP, Pauwels L, Coxon JP, Wittenberg G, Swinnen SP.
    Reduced neural differentiation between feedback conditions after training bimanual coordination with and without augmented visual feedback.
    Cerebral Cortex 2015, 25:1958–1969. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu005
  • Moineau B, Boisgontier MP, Gailledrat E, De Angelis M-P, Olivier I, Palluel E, Pérennou D, Nougier V.
    Is postural control more impaired in hip-disarticulated patients compared to transfemoral amputees? A pilot study.
    Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 2015, 58:354–356. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2015.10.001
  • Levin O, Fujiyama H, Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP, Summers JJ.
    Aging and motor inhibition: A converging perspective provided by brain stimulation and imaging approaches.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2014, 43:100–117. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.04.001
  • Van Halewyck F, Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Both age and physical activity level impact on eye-hand coordination.
    Human Movement Science 2014, 36C:80–96. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2014.05.005
  • Moineau B, Boisgontier MP, Barbieri G, Nougier V.
    A new method to assess temporal features of gait initiation with a single force plate.
    Gait & Posture 2014, 39:631–633. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.07.007
  • Théveniau N, Boisgontier MP, Varieras S, Olivier I.
    The effects of clothes on independent walking in toddlers.
    Gait & Posture 2014, 39:659–661. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.08.031
  • Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M, Chenu O, Demongeot J, Payan Y.
    Tongue-placed tactile biofeedback suppresses the deleterious effects of muscle fatigue on joint position sense at the ankle.
    Experimental Brain Research 2007, 183:235–240. doi: 10.1007/s00221-007-1039-4
  • Vuillerme N, Pinsault N, Chenu O, Boisgontier M, Demongeot J, Payan Y.
    How a plantar pressure-based, tongue-placed tactile biofeedback modifies postural control mechanisms during quiet standing.
    Experimental Brain Research 2007, 181:547-554. doi: 10.1007/s00221-007-0953-9

Preprints

  • Cheval B, Radel R, Neva JL, Boyd LA, Swinnen SP, Sander D, Boisgontier MP
    (2018). Behavioral and neural evidence of the rewarding value of exercise behaviors: A systematic review. BioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/211425.
  • Cheval B, Tipura E, Burra N, Chanal J, Orsholits D, Radel R, Boisgontier MP
    (2018). Avoiding sedentary behaviors requires more cortical resources than avoiding physical activity: An EEG study. BioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/277988.
  • Bonifazi P, Erramuzpe A, Diez I, Gabilondo I, Boisgontier MP, Pauwels L, Stramaglia S, Swinnen SP, Cortes J
    (2018). What the structural-functional connectome reveals about brain aging: The key role of the fronto-striatal-thalamic circuit and the rejuvenating impact of physical activity. BioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/183939.

Training

    2017-
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Brain Behavior Lab
    Supervisor: Lara A. Boyd

    2012-2017
    Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium
    Movement Control and Neuroplasticity research group
    Supervisor: Stephan P. Swinnen

    2007-2012
    PhD, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, France
    Health, Plasticity, Motricity team
    Supervisor: Vincent Nougier

    2008-2009
    Certificate of Advanced Study in Physical Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Institute of Health Professions
    Supervisor: Maura D. Iversen

    2006-2007
    Master's degree in Neuroscience, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, France
    Computer Assisted Medical Interventions team
    Supervisors: Nicolas Vuillerme, Yohan Payan

    2005-2006
    Master's degree in Physical Therapy, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    2003-2005
    Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    2002-2003
    Master's degree in Movement Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    1997-2002
    Bachelor's degree in Movement Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France

Contact

    University of British Columbia
    Faculty of Medicine
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Brain Behavior Laboratory
    212-2177 Wesbrook Mall
    Vancouver, BC
    V6T 1Z3 CANADA


    matthieu.boisgontier@ubc.ca