Private: George Mochizuki, BPHE, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor (status-appointment)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Rm A447
Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext 83737
Dr. Mochizuki is a Scientist with the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery in the Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor (status-appointment) in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mochizuki completed his undergraduate training (BPHE) at Laurentian University and earned his MSc (Exercise Science) at Syracuse University. He completed his graduate training (PhD, Neuroscience) at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to joining the Department of Physical Therapy in 2009, Dr. Mochizuki was a post-doctoral fellow at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Mochizuki G, Boe S, Marlin A, McIlroy WE (2010). Perturbation-evoked cortical activity reflects both the context and consequence of postural instability. Neuroscience, 170(2):599-609.
Mochizuki G, Hoque T, Mraz R, McIntosh BM, Graham SJ, Black SE, Staines WR, McIlroy WE (2009). Challenging the brain: exploring the link between effort and cortical activation. Brain Res, 1301:9-19.
Mochizuki G, Sibley KM, Esposito JG, Camilleri JM, McIlroy WE (2008). Cortical responses associated with the preparation and reaction to full-body perturbations to upright stability. Clin Neurophysiol, 119: 1626-1637.
Garland SJ, Ivanova TD, Mochizuki G (2007). Recovery of standing balance and health-related quality of life after mild or moderate stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 88(2): 218-27.
Mochizuki G, Ivanova TD, Garland SJ (2005). Synchronization of motor units in human soleus muscle during standing postural tasks. J Neurophysiol, 94(1): 62-69.
Dr. Mochizuki’s research is aimed at examining motor control strategies and exploring the extent to which the execution of these strategies changes after stroke. The overall goal of the research is to utilize sensitive measures of central and peripheral nervous system activity to compliment behavioural measures to determine whether physical rehabilitation interventions are promoting recovery at a physiological level. The current research focuses on pursuing these objectives in the context of post-stroke spasticity.
The techniques used in the research include: electroencephalography (EEG), intramuscular single motor unit and surface electromyography (EMG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), robotics, kinetics and kinematics.
Dr. Mochizuki’s research is currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; Discovery Grant) and an Investigator-initiated Research Grant from Allergan Canada, Ltd.
Dr. Mochizuki teaches the Neurophysiology content in Unit 5 (Neurological Physical Therapy Practice) of the MSc(PT) curriculum.
Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Associate Member, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Mobility Research Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Core Member, Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo