Researcher Profile

Brian Corneil

Brian Corneil


Physiology & Pharmacology, Psychology


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(519) 663.5777 x24132
RRI 1232G


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After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Corneil performed his graduate work with Dr. Doug Munoz at Queen’s University from 1994-2001. His work during this time investigated the neural control of eye-head gaze shifts in humans and non-human primates, and for this work he was awarded the Donald B. Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience for the best Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience. His post-doctoral work was performed with Dr. Richard Andersen at the California Institute of Technology, investigating both the behavioural significance of manipulations in neck proprioception and feasibility of extracting high-level signals from the cortex in real-time for neuroprosthetics. His post-doctoral studies were supported by fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).

Dr. Corneil joined the University of Western in October 2003, jointly appointed in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology, and Psychology. He became a CIHR New Investigator in 2005, and garnered a Career Development Award from the HFSP in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009, became a Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute in 2011, and was promoted to Professor in 2016. He did a sabbatical at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands from July 2011-June 2012, working with Dr. Pieter Medendorp. He became the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program in July 2018.