Faculty & Staff

Kelvin-Jones---Assistant-Professor

Kelvin Jones, PhD

Associate Professor

Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

Degrees
PhD (Neuroscience), Simon Fraser University, 1996
BSc (Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University, 1991

Background

  • Currently Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Engineering & Faculty of Science, Department of Computing Science.
  • 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).


Research

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.



Teaching

PEDS 207 Physical Growth and Psychomotor Development
PEDS 372 Neuroscience Considerations for Adapted Physical Activity
PERLS 580 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methodology
NEURO 496 Computational Neuroscience