Professor and Chair
University of Florida
Dr. Vaillancourt is a professor and chair of department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at University of Florida. My laboratory is focused on mechanisms, imaging markers, and therapies for movement disorders affecting cortex, basal ganglia, and cerebellum. The focus of our laboratory has been primarily in the areas of Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism, dystonia, and tremor. My work has produced a series of publications using innovative structural and functional neuroimaging modalities and behavioral studies using cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. Ongoing translational work in the laboratory is focused on early stages and progression of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and essential tremor, using both human and rodent models of disease. My research using biomedical imaging and neurophysiological approaches to study motor function and neurodegenerative disorders has received continuous NIH funding since 1999. I am the Director of the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (lrnlab.org) and Director of the Center for Exercise Science at the University of Florida. My training includes expertise in motor neuroscience, biomedical signal processing, multimodal neuroimaging, cortical, cerebellar and basal ganglia anatomy and function, tremor recording and analysis, electromyography, electroencephalography, and experimental design and statistical analytic techniques for quantifying treatment and disease effects. Work from my laboratory has been published in leading journals that include Brain, Neurology, JAMA Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience, Lancet Neurology, Science Translational Medicine, Neurobiology of Aging, Movement Disorders, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Cerebral Cortex, and Neuroimage.