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Dr. Jane Lawrence-Dewar, PhD

Joined Health Research Institute



  • BSc, Biology (University of Winnipeg)
  • PhD, Physiology (University of Manitoba)

Appointments and Affiliations


  • Adjunct Professor, Departments of Biology, Health Sciences and the School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University
  • Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Perception and Action Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba (2008–2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University (2006-2007)





Dr. Jane Lawrence-Dewar, PhD

Scientist - Imaging-Guided Interventions

Investigating How the Brain Recovers after Injury

Dr. Jane Lawrence-Dewar uses structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain and spinal cord to help understand the disruption and reorganization of neural networks following injury such as stroke. Her area of focus is the remapping that underlies the motor control and learning during rehabilitation.

Dr. Lawrence-Dewar and others will use this baseline research to investigate new and more targeted therapies to improve recovery after stroke events. Her emphasis is on the mechanisms by which clinicians can help improve hand use through sensorimotor adaptation and observational learning.

Dr. Lawrence-Dewar is also using this technology to develop new, innovative therapies that will be especially useful for patients in remote communities and areas with limited access to health care professionals. For example, Dr. Lawrence-Dewar is part of a team developing a portable device to help stroke survivors recover hand function, with therapy tailored to their own abilities and goals.

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