Saied Jalal Aboodarda

Saied Jalal AboodardaAssistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology of Calgary (Canada)

03/2016 - 12/2018 -  Calgary, Canada

The role of neuromuscular function in cancer-related fatigue and multiple sclerosis (Principal Supervisor)


Jalal Aboodarda completed his PhD at the University of Malaya, Malaysia where he worked on neuromuscular, hormonal and morphological responses of resistance training. Jalal pursued his postdoctoral research in the area of neurophysiology and muscle performance at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in the laboratory of Professor David Behm, from August 2012 to September 2015. His primary research supported by MITCS fellowship was directed toward corticospinal, motoneuronal and muscle responses to various athletic and rehabilitation exercises. On September 2015, Jalal received the opportunity to complete another three years postdoctoral fellowship in Human Performance Laboratory at Faculty of Kinesiology under the supervision of Professor Guillaume Millet. His research was supported by Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Jalal’s research has been focused on different domains of applied, basic, and clinical human studies. The applied component of his work is on acute and chronic neuromuscular and cardiovascular adaptations in response to different exercise interventions. His basic research concentrates on neurophysiological adaptations in the structure and function of the corticomotor pathway (from the brain to the skeletal muscles). With the application of non-invasive neurophysiological techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation of the brain, spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve electrical stimulation, Jalal investigates the relative contribution of central and peripheral nervous systems to the development of neuromuscular fatigue in the exercised muscles. Jalal’s Clinical work is focused on assessing the efficacy and integrity of the corticomotor pathway in the clinical populations such as people with multiple sclerosis.


Main results of the work we have done together

We investigated the following topics:

  • The short-term recovery of central fatigue and corticomotor responses in elbow flexors.

  • Effects of pre-induced fatigue vs. concurrent pain on neuromuscular performance and corticospinal responses.

  • Neuromuscular performance and corticospinal excitability of the contralateral non-exercised limbs.

  • Neuromuscular responses to cycling exercises at different intensities-durations.

  • The chronic effects of endurance cycling training on neuromuscular and corticospinal responses.

  • Age-related neuromuscular responses and adaptations.

  • Review articles on methodological considerations, etiology and potential role in chronic fatigue.

  • Neuromuscular and corticospinal excitability in people with multiple sclerosis.


Main publications associated with this work

Saied Jalal Aboodarda , Danilo Iannetta, Nader Emami, Giorgio Varesco, Juan M Murias, Guillaume Y Millet. Effects of Pre-Induced Fatigue vs. Concurrent Pain on Exercise Tolerance, Neuromuscular Performance and Corticospinal Responses of Locomotor MusclesJ Physiol. 2020 Jan.

Renata L Krüger, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Libia Marcela Jaimes, Marco A Vaz, Pierre Samozino, Guillaume Y Millet. Age-related Neuromuscular Fatigue and Recovery After Cycling: Measurements in Isometric and Dynamic ModesExp Gerontol. 2020 May.

Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Cindy Xin Yu Zhang, Ruva Sharara, Madeleine Cline, Guillaume Y Millet. Exercise-Induced Fatigue in One Leg Does Not Impair the Neuromuscular Performance in the Contralateral Leg but Improves the Excitability of the Ipsilateral Corticospinal Pathway. Brain Sci. 2019 Sep 25.

Renata L Krüger, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Libia Marcela Jaimes, Brian R MacIntosh, Pierre Samozino, Guillaume Y Millet. Fatigue and Recovery Measured With Dynamic Properties Versus Isometric Force: Effects of Exercise IntensityJ Exp Biol. 2019 May 9.

Renata L Krüger, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Libia Marcela Jaimes, Pierre Samozino, Guillaume Y Millet. Cycling Performed on an Innovative Ergometer at Different Intensities-Durations in Men: Neuromuscular Fatigue and Recovery KineticsAppl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2019 Dec.

Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Selina Fan, Kyla Coates, Guillaume Y Millet. The Short-Term Recovery of Corticomotor Responses in Elbow Flexors.  BMC Neurosci. 2019 Mar 14.

Saied Jalal Aboodarda, José Mira, Maura Floreani, Roger Jaswal, Soo Jung Moon, K Amery, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet. Effects of Endurance Cycling Training on Neuromuscular Fatigue in Healthy Active Men. Part II: Corticospinal Excitability and Voluntary ActivationEur J Appl Physiol. 2018 Nov.

José Mira, Saied Jalal Aboodarda , Maura Floreani, Roger Jaswal, Soo Jung Moon, K Amery, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet. Effects of Endurance Training on Neuromuscular Fatigue in Healthy Active Men. Part I: Strength Loss and Muscle Fatigue. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2018 Nov.

Renata L Krüger, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Pierre Samozino, Charles L Rice, Guillaume Y Millet. Isometric Versus Dynamic Measurements of Fatigue: Does Age Matter? A Meta-analysisMed Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Oct.

Saied J Aboodarda, Rebecca M Greene, Devin T Philpott, Ramandeep S Jaswal, Guillaume Y Millet, David G Behm. The Effect of Rolling Massage on the Excitability of the Corticospinal PathwayAppl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2018 Apr.

Rosie Twomey, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Renata Kruger, Susan Nicole Culos-Reed, John Temesi, Guillaume Y Millet. Neuromuscular Fatigue During Exercise: Methodological Considerations, Etiology and Potential Role in Chronic Fatigue. Neurophysiol Clin. 2017 Apr.

Saied Jalal Aboodarda, Nemanja Šambaher, Guillaume Y Millet, David G Behm. Knee Extensors Neuromuscular Fatigue Changes the Corticospinal Pathway Excitability in Biceps Brachii MuscleNeuroscience. 2017 Jan 6.