Justine Cléry, PhD

Justine Cléry, PhD
Contact Information
Email address: 
justine.clery [at] mcgill.ca
Hospital title: 
Assistant Professor

Justine Cléry, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University, the head of the Sensory and Social Brain Mechanisms (SSBM) Lab at The Neuro, and a research member of the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR).

As a neuroscientist, her research aims to better understand how sensory information and social cognition is encoded in the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in non-human primate models.

Prof. Cléry obtained her Doctorate in Neurosciences at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Suliann Ben Hamed at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France. From 2017 to 2021, she was a Postdoctoral Associate, working with Prof. Stefan Everling in the Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Cognitive Control at the Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

She was awarded the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Tier II (December 2017-March 2021), BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Tier I (April 2021-March 2022), CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (June 2021-March 2022), and Berthe-Fouassier Foundation Fellowship (September 2016-June 2017). 

Selected publications: 

Gilbert, K.M., Cléry, J.C., Gati, J.S., Hori, H., Johnston, K.D, Mashkovtsev, A., Selvanayagam, J., Zeman, P., Menon, R.S., Schaeffer, D.J., Everling, E. Simultaneous functional MRI of two awake marmosets. Nature Communications. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26976-4

Cléry, J.C., Hori, H., Schaeffer, D.J., Menon, R.S., Everling, S. (2021) Social interaction observation network identified in marmosets by ultra-high field fMRI. eLife. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.65012

Cléry, J. C., Hori, Y., Schaeffer, D. J., Gati, J. S., Pruszynski, J. A., & Everling, S. (2020). Whole brain mapping of somatosensory responses in awake marmosets investigated with ultra-high field fMRI. Journal of Neurophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00480.2020

Cléry, J. C., Schaeffer, D. J., Hori, Y., Gilbert, K. M., Hayrynen, L. K., Gati, J. S., Menon, R. S., & Everling, S. (2020). Looming and receding visual networks in awake marmosets investigated with fMRI. NeuroImage, 215, 116815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116815

Cléry, J., Guipponi, O., Odouard, S., Wardak, C., & Ben Hamed, S. (2018). Cortical networks for encoding near and far space in the non-human primate. NeuroImage, 176, 164–178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.04.036

Cléry, J., & Ben Hamed, S. (2018). Frontier of Self and Impact Prediction. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01073

Cléry, J., Amiez, C., Guipponi, O., Wardak, C., Procyk, E., & Ben Hamed, S. (2017). Reward activations and face fields in monkey cingulate motor areas. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119(3), 1037–1044. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00749.2017

Cléry, J., Guipponi, O., Odouard, S., Pinède, S., Wardak, C., & Hamed, S. B. (2017). The Prediction of Impact of a Looming Stimulus onto the Body Is Subserved by Multisensory Integration Mechanisms. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(44), 10656–10670. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0610-17.2017

Cléry, J., Guipponi, O., Wardak, C., & Ben Hamed, S. (2015). Neuronal bases of peripersonal and extrapersonal spaces, their plasticity and their dynamics: Knowns and unknowns. Neuropsychologia, 70, 313–326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.10.022

Cléry, J., Guipponi, O., Odouard, S., Wardak, C., & Ben Hamed, S. (2015). Impact prediction by looming visual stimuli enhances tactile detection. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 35(10), 4179–4189. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3031-14.2015

Research areas: 
Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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