Dr. Kelvin Jones, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-0650
4-220 Van Vliet Complex - East
8810 - 114TH St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9




PhD (Neuroscience), Simon Fraser University, 1996

BSc (Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University, 1991


  • Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Senior Research Fellow with Professor Daniel Wolpert at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, University College London prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2002.
  • Clinical Neurophysiologist for Alberta Health Services, Department of Intraoperative Monitoring (University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital).
  • Postdoctoral work at the University of Manitoba (Spinal Cord Research Centre) and in Sweden at Göteborg University (Department of Physiology).


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.

Electrodiagnostic Neuroscience

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. 

Computational Neuroscience

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


KIN 372 - Neuroscience Considerations for Adapted Physical Activity

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
KIN 497 - Selected Topics in Kinesiology and Sport

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
KSR 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methodology

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

Browse more courses taught by Dr. Kelvin Jones


Intentions of Canadian health professionals towards recommending exercise for people living with ALS.
Author(s): Jones KE, Berry TR, Merali AS, Dal Bello-Haas V
Publication: BMC Neurology
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 204
External Link: https://rdcu.be/bPliF
Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring using low intensity transcranial stimulation to remove post-activation depression of the H-reflex
Author(s): Jennifer C Andrews, Richard B Stein, Kelvin E Jones, Douglas M Hedden, James K Mahood, Marc J Moreau, Eric M Huang, François D Roy
Publication: Clinical Neurophysiology
Volume: 127
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 3378-3384
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2016.08.007
Simulations of motor unit number estimation techniques
Author(s): Lora A Major, Kelvin E Jones
Publication: Journal of Neural Engineering
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 17
External Link: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1741-2560/2/2/003/meta
Neuronal variability: noise or part of the signal?
Author(s): Richard B Stein, E Roderich Gossen, Kelvin E Jones
Publication: Nature reviews. Neuroscience
Volume: 6
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 389
External Link: http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v6/n5/execsumm/nrn1668.html?foxtrotcallback=true