Étienne De Villers-Sidani
Institutions: McGill University, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Research interests: Auditory cortex; Experience-dependent plasticity; Awake behaving electrophysiological recordings with intra-cortical micro-electrode arrays; Auditory training by operant conditioning
Etienne de Villers-Sidani is a neurologist specializing in cognitive disorders. He has a particular interest in understanding the role of sensory experience and brain plasticity in the emergence and remediation of cognitive impairments. His laboratory uses electrophysiological techniques to determine how sounds and auditory training both shape cortical circuits and alter the perception of sounds, and their use in memory and decision-making. His main goal is to develop novel therapeutic strategies that can improve cognitive function in patients suffering from conditions related to abnormal sensori-motor processing, such as age-related cognitive decline, stroke, traumatic brain injuries etc.