John Misiaszek, PhD, BSc

Vice Dean, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Rehabilitation Medicine


Vice Dean, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Rehabilitation Medicine
(780) 492-2412
3-48E Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4



Current Research

  • Motor Control, Balance, Gait, Neurophysiology, Sensorimotor Integration
  • Dynamic equilibrium in the walking cat
  • Afferent regulation of hip muscle activity during walking in the decerebrate cat
  • Role of hand tactile information in balance control during walking
  • Adaptation of spinal reflexes during walking


Funding sources: NSERC

Additional information about Dr. Misiaszek's Current Research, Publications and more can be found on his website:



I currently teach the 'neurosciences' content of the OT curriculum. The content used to be taught in a single course, but this traditional approach meant that relevant knowledge was delivered after it would have been useful to support other clinical content. Consequently, we "deconstructed" the course and students now receive foundational neuroscience material in smaller packets throughout the curriculum, but when it is most relevant to the clinical content it supports. 

I also consistently support the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute's undergraduate program by accepting independent study and honors thesis students into the lab. If you are interested in learning more about the neuromechanics approaches used in my lab, or the topic of the motor control of balance, please connect - there are always opportunities to further your knowledge and professional development.  


There are currently openings available for students at the MSc and PhD level.

The lab is currently seeking a PDF to help lead studies on the integration of multisensory inputs to rapid, protective balance reactions. 

Featured Publications

Toth AL, Fenrich KK, Jones KE, Misiaszek JE

J Neurophysiol. 2022 March; Articles in Press 10.1152/jn.00280.2021

Misiaszek JE, Hackett H, McMahon AJ, Krutz J

Exp Brain Res. 2021 January; 239 (3):787-796 10.1007/s00221-020-06019-y

Misiaszek JE, Chodan SDC, McMahon AJ, Fenrich KK

Appl Sci. 2020 January;

Khan AS, Livingstone DC, Hurd CL, Duchcherer J, Misiaszek JE, Gorassini MA, Manns PJ, Yang JF

J NeuroEngineering Rehabil. 2019 January;

Bryanton MA, Chodan SDC, Vander Meulen J, Fenrich KK, Misiaszek JE

Exp Brain Res. 2019 January;

Shiva T, Misiaszek JE

Exp Brain Res. 2018 January;

Misiaszek JE, Forero J, Hiob E, Urbanczyk T

Neuroscience. 2016 January;

Forero J, Misiaszek JE

Exp Brain Res. 2015 January;