Cynthia Gagnon



Professor, Sherbrooke University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Visiting Professor, uOttawa and CHEO-RI

NMD4C Working Group(s): Expert Patient Capacity Building, Knowledge Translation

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Cynthia is a senior career-award researcher specializing in adult genetic neuromuscular disorders. She holds a professorial appointment at the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Sherbrooke. She is the scientific director of the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les maladies neuromusculaires (GRIMN) and is a researcher at the Centre de recherche Charles-Le Moyne-Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean sur les innovations en santé.

Cynthia trained as an occupational therapist at McGill University. She has a doctoral degree in experimental medicine from Laval University and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in program evaluation at Montreal University. Her work aims at improving clinical care and speeding up trial readiness in the most prevalent neuromuscular diseases in Canada. Her main interest is to document the natural history of the disease through an interdisciplinary perspective to be able to document the progression of the disease and to identify significant predictor and explanatory factors related to participation in daily activities and social roles of patients such as work and autonomous living. Her other interest is to define the best outcome measures to assess potential therapeutic targets such as muscle strength, fatigue or cognitive functions. She also works on developing knowledge translation strategies related to rare diseases to ensure effective and just-in-time knowledge translation to the interdisciplinary team through different strategies including wiki, articles, clinical practice guidelines to improve clinical care for patients and their families.

She is involved in several international projects in relation to myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) and autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS).

Within NMD4C, Cynthia is lead for knowledge translation.

Recent Publications

Muslemani, S, Lessard, I, Lavoie, C, Côté, I, Brais, B, Mathieu, J et al.. Participation and Functional Independence in Adults With Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay. Can J Occup Ther. 2022. 84174221088417 PMID:35469466

Muslemani, S, Gagnon, C, Gallais, B. Instrumental activities of daily living in adults with the DM1 childhood phenotype: going beyond motor impairments. Neuromuscul Disord. 2022.32 (4)313-320 PMID:35339341

Fisette-Paulhus, I, Gagnon, C, Girard-Côté, L, Morin, M. Genitourinary and lower gastrointestinal conditions in patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1: A systematic review of evidence and implications for clinical practice. Neuromuscul Disord. 2022.32 (5)361-376 PMID:35305881

Kanzler, CM, Lessard, I, Gassert, R, Brais, B, Gagnon, C, Lambercy, O et al.. Reliability and validity of digital health metrics for assessing arm and hand impairments in an ataxic disorder. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2022.9 (4)432-443 PMID:35224896

Bélair, N, Côté, I, Gagnon, C, Mathieu, J, Duchesne, E. Explanatory factors of dynamic balance impairment in myotonic dystrophy type 1. Muscle Nerve. 2022.65 (6)683-687 PMID:35212003

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