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Dr. Charles L. Rice


(Joint-Appointed with the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Kinesiology)

Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan
B.Sc. Acadia University

Office: 411B Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Bldg
Visit: Dr. Rice's Home Page

Research Interests:

Studies centre on understanding the interrelationships between neural control and muscle properties during muscle contractions in humans. Models used to study these factors include fatigue, aging, and exercise training. Collaborative efforts using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to examine relevant factors relating to neuromuscular function are also employed.

Other Appointments:

o Elected fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) 2009
o Associate Investigator, The Lawson Health Research Institute, St. Joseph's Health Centre, London
o Research Director: Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging   

Selected Publications: 

Chapters in Books, Monographs, or Reviews (invited)

  1. Allen, M.D., Doherty, T.J., Rice, C.L. and Kimpinski, K.  2016  Physiology in medicine: Neuromuscular consequences of diabetic neuropathy.  Invited Review   J. Appl. Physiol.  IN PRESS   doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00733.2015

  2. Taylor, J.L., Amann, M., Duchateau, J., Meeusen, R., and Rice, C.L.  2016  Neural contributions to muscle fatigue: from the brain to the muscle and back again.  Med Sci Sports & Ex.  IN PRESS  doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000923

  3. Hepple, R.T. and Rice, C.L.  2016  Invited Topical Review: Innervation and neuromuscular control in ageing skeletal muscle. J. Physiol.  IN PRESS. DOI: 10.1113/JP270561

  4. Power, G.A. Dalton, B.H., and Rice, C.L. 2013  Human neuromuscular structure and function in old age: A brief review.  Journal of Sport and Health Sci. 2: 215-226.

  5. Paterson, D.H., Jones, G.R., and Rice, C.L.  2007  Ageing and Physical Activity: Evidence to develop exercise recommendations for older adults.  In:  Advancing physical activity measurement and guidelines in Canada: a scientific review and evidence-based foundation for the future of Canadian physical activity guidelines.  ed:  R.J. Shephard.  Appl. Physiol. Nutr. and Metab. 32 (Suppl. 2E), and Can. J. Public Health. 98 (Suppl. 2) S69-108.

Research Papers   

  1. Power, G.A., Allen, M.D., Doherty, T.J., Stashuk, D., Hepple, R.T., Taivassalo, T. and Rice C.L.  2016  Motor unit number and transmission stability in octogenarian world class athletes: Can age-related deficits be outrun?  J. Appl. Physiol. IN PRESS  doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00149

  2. Graham, M.T., Rice, C.L., and Dalton, B.H.  2016  Motor unit firing rates of the gastrocnemii during maximal brief steady-state contractions in humans.  J. Electro. & Kin.  26: 82-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2015.11.005

  3. Wallace, J.W., Power, G.A., Rice, C.L., and Dalton, B.H.  2016  The effect of time-dependent neuromuscular parameters on the fatigability of plantar flexor power in young and old males.  Exp. Gerontol.  74: 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2015.12.001.

  4. Moore, C.W., Allen, M.D., Kimpinski, K., Doherty, T.J. and Rice, C.L.  2016 Reduced skeletal muscle quantity and quality in patients with diabetic polyneuropathy assessed by magnetic resonance imaging.  Muscle & Nerve  IN PRESS

  5. McNeil, C.J., Allen, M.D., Olympico, E., Shoemaker, J.K., and Rice, C.L.  2015  Blood flow and muscleoxygenation during low, moderate and maximal sustained isometric contractions.   Am. J. of Physiol.- Reg.,Integr. & Comp. Physiol.  309(5):R475-81.

  6. Dalton, B.H., Power, G.A., Paturel, J.R., and Rice, C.L.  2015  Older men are more fatigable than young when matched for maximal power, and dynamic knee extension angular velocity is unconstrained.  AGE (Dordr) 37: 49(16 pages) 9790. doi: 10.1007/s11357-015-9790-0.

  7. Power, G.A., Makrakos, D.P., Stevens, D.E., Rice, C.L., and Vandervoort, A.A.  2015  Velocity-dependence of eccentric strength in old age: The need for speed!   Appl. Physiol. Nutr. & Metab.  40(7): 703-10. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0543.

  8. Hourigan, M.L., McKinnon, N.B., Johnson, M., Rice, C.L., Stashuk, D.W., and Doherty, T.J.  2015  Increased motor unit potential shape variability across consecutive motor unit discharges in the tibialis anterior and vastus medialis muscles of healthy older subjects.   Clin. Neurophysiol.  126(12): 2381-9.   doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.02.002

  9. Allen, M.D., Stashuk, D.W., Kimpinski, K, Doherty, T.J. Hourigan, M.L., and Rice, C.L. 2015  Increased neuromuscular  transmission instability and motor unit remodelling with diabetic neuropathy as assessed using concentric needle, quantitative electromyography.  Clin. Neurophysiol. 126: 794-802. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.07.018.

For more publications, please visit Dr. Rice's Google Scholar page, or PubMed page.