PhD (Neuroscience), Simon Fraser University, 1996
BSc (Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University, 1991
Dr. Jones’ research program is focused on neurophysiology of the motor and sensory systems using both experimental electrophysiological methods and computer simulations. Projects are focused on topics relevant to people with neurologic or neuromuscular impairments in addition to basic science questions.
ALS and Exercise
A focus of the laboratory is on the influence of exercise and sedentary behavior on the physiological progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The majority of this work is done in a transgenic mouse model of ALS and clinical trials are underway.
Nerve tissue function depends on the integrity of a number of membrane proteins (ion channels and pumps) as well as cells responsible for myelination. We use non-invasive tools to measure the electrical health of neural tissue that are sensitive to these cellular properties. These methods are used to evaluate the change in nerve health of people living with spinal cord injury that use electrical stimulation based exercise devices.
Computer simulations built on mathematical models of neural tissue and connections are an adjunct tool to understand the function of the nervous system. Dr. Jones, together with colleagues, have built an online tool for using this approach in teaching basic neuroscience concepts to students. These methods are also used to guide interpretation of electrodiagnostic measures.
PEDS 207 Physical Growth and Psychomotor Development
PEDS 372 Neuroscience Considerations for Adapted Physical Activity
KSRLS 580 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methodology
NEURO 496 Computational Neuroscience
This course uses a physiological approach to examine how neuromuscular impairments present barriers to participation in physical activity for people experiencing disability. Examples covered in class may include involuntary muscle contraction, fatigue and pain that arise due to a number of different physiological mechanisms. Prerequisites: KRLS 207 and KIN 200. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 372 or PEDS 372.Fall Term 2021
A course offered on a topic of current interest in kinesiology and sport. Topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty.Winter Term 2022
A study of basic philosophical issues, methodology and methods used by researchers in physical activity, sport, recreation and leisure. The emphasis of this course will be on quantitative inquiry. Prerequisite: KIN 309 or consent of Faculty. Note: Students will not receive credit for KRLS 580 if credit was previously awarded for KIN 580. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 580, KRLS 580 or PERLS 580.Fall Term 2021