BScPT (Dalhousie), MSc (MUN), PhD (MUN), Postdoctorate (Atlantic endMS Research & Training Network)
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Clinical Research Scientist, Eastern Health Authority, Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy
Co-Director Rehabilitation Research Unit of Newfoundland and Labrador (RRUNL)
L.A. Miller Centre, 100 Forest Rd.
St. John’s NL Canada A1A 1E5
|Dr. Ploughman is a recognized expert in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation in stroke and multiple sclerosis. Her research focuses on the effects of aerobic exercise, intensive training paradigms and lifestyle habits on the brain challenged by injury, disease and aging. Dr. Ploughman was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research post-doctoral fellow and her work is published in journals such as Stroke, Neuroscience, Brain Research and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the Principal Investigator for the Canadian Survey of Health, Lifestyle and Aging with Multiple Sclerosis; the largest study of aging with MS in Canada with over 740 participants from 10 study sites. Dr. Ploughman continues to practice as a neurological physiotherapist in St John’s and her Recovery and Performance Laboratory is located in the Rehabilitation Research Unit (RRUNL), L.A. Miller Centre, St. John’s NL.
1. Ploughman M, Austin MW, Murdoch M, Kearney A, Godwin M, Stefanelli M. The path to self-management: A qualitative study involving older people with multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy Canada 2012: 64(1): 6-17.
2. Ploughman M, Austin MW, Murdoch M, Kearney A, Fisk JD, Godwin M, Stefanelli M. Factors influencing healthy aging with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation 2012: 34(1): 26-33.
3. Ploughman M., Austin M, Stefanelli M, Godwin M. Applying cognitive debriefing to pre-test patient-reported outcomes in older people with Multiple Sclerosis. Quality of Life Research 2010: 19(2): 483-7.
4. Ploughman M, Windle V, MacLellan CL, White N, Doré JJE, Corbett D. Brain derived neurotrophic factor contributes to recovery of skilled reaching after focal ischemia in rats. Stroke 2009: 40: 1490-95.
5. Ploughman M, McCarthy J, Sullivan HJ, Bossé M, Corbett D. Does treadmill exercise improve performance of cognitive or upper extremity tasks in people with chronic stroke? A randomized cross-over trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008: 89(11):2041-7.
6. Ploughman M. Exercise is Brain Food: The Effects of Physical Activity on Cognitive Function (Invited Commentary). Developmental Neurorehabilitation 2008:11(3):236-40
7. Ploughman M, Shears J, Hutchings L, Osmond M. Collaborating to provide Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for severe upper extremity impairment in an outpatient rehabilitation setting; a case report. Physiotherapy Canada 2008:60:161-70 Silver Quill Award Winner
8. Ploughman M, Attwood Z, White N, Doré JJE, Corbett D. Endurance exercise facilitates relearning of forelimb motor skill after focal ischemia. European Journal of Neuroscience 2007:25:3453-3460.
9. Hicks AU, Hewlett K, Windle W, Chernenko G, Ploughman M, Jolkkonen J, Weiss S, Corbett D. Enriched environment enhances transplanted SVZ stem cell survival, migration and functional recovery after stroke. Neuroscience 2007:146(1):31-40.
10. Ploughman M, Granter-Button S, Chernenko G, Attwood Z, Tucker BA, Mearow KM, Corbett D. Exercise intensity influences the temporal profile of growth factors involved in neuronal plasticity following focal ischemia. Brain Research 2007:1150:207-216.
11. Clarke J, Ploughman M, Corbett D. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of skilled forelimb reaching impairment following intracerebral hemorrhage in rats. Brain Research 2007:1145:204-212.
12. Ploughman, M, Granter-Button, S, Chernenko, G, Tucker, B.A., Mearow, K.M, Corbett, D. Endurance exercise regimens induce differential effects on brain derived neurotrophic factor, synapsin-I and insulin-like growth factor-I after focal ischemia. Neuroscience 2005:136(4):991-1001.
13. Ploughman, M., Corbett, D. Can forced-use therapy be clinically applied after stroke? A randomized controlled exploratory trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004:85:1417-1423.
14. Ploughman, M. A review of brain neuroplasticity and implications for the physiotherapeutic management of stroke. Physiotherapy Canada 2002:54(3):163-176.