Marc Roig

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Marc Roig
Contact Information

School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University 
3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler 

+1 (514) 398-4400 ext 00841
Email address: 
marc.roigpull [at]
Associate Professor

Postdoc Neurophysiology. University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

PhD Rehabilitation Science. University of British Columbia (Canada)

MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine. Nottingham University (United Kingdom)

BSc Physical Therapy. University Ramon Llull (Spain)

BSc Physical Education and Sports Sciences. National Institute of Physical Education (Spain).




Teaching areas: 

Clinical Exercise Physiology




Current research: 

The main objective of my research program is to better understand the mechanisms of brain plasticity that underlie memory formation and learning processes. The ultimate goal is to develop effective interventions aimed at enhancing cognitive health and functional independence. My studies are designed to gain insight into these mechanisms in both health and disease, targeting not only young, older, and non-disabled individuals, but also people with neurological or neurodegenerative conditions such stroke and Parkinson's disease. The main areas of my research program include exercise, aging, brain plasticity, neurorehabilitation, and sleep. The program is unique because it provides mechanistic information to design novel patient-oriented treatments that we test directly in clinical trials. This translational approach has the potential to improve the quality of life in people living with cognitive and/or mobility limitations 

Areas of expertise: 






Selected publications: 


Pongpanit K, Dayan N, Janaudis-Ferreira T, Roig M, Spahija J, Bertagnolli M. Exercise effects on maternal vascular health, and blood pressure during pregnancy and postpartum: a systematic review and meta-analysis European Heart Journal Preventive Cardiology. 2024.

Roig MCristini J. Does dopamine mediate the effects of exercise on cognition? Journal of Physiology. 2024.

Moncion K, Rodrigues L, Wiley E, Noguchi KS, Negm A, Richardson J, McDonald M, Roig M, Tang A. Aerobic exercise prescription for cardiovascular health and mobility after stroke: a systematic review and bayesian network meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024.

Wiley E, Moncion K, Rodrigues L, Fang H, Noguchi KS, Roig M, Richardson J, MacDermid J, Tang A. Exploring gender differences in exercise self-efficacy and outcome expectations for exercise in individuals with stroke. Plos One. 2024.


De Las Heras, Rodrigues L, Cristini J, Mocion K, Ploughman M, Tang A, Roig M. Biomarkers of neuroplasticity promoted by cardiovascular exercise after stroke: a critical perspective. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. 2023.

Frisch N, Heischel L, Wanner P, Kern S, Roig M, Feld G, Steib S. An acute bout of high intensity exercise affects nocturnal sleep and sleep-related memory consolidation. Journal of Sleep Research. 2023. 

Cristini J, Kraft VS, De Las Heras B, Gulde P, Rodrigues L, Parwanta Z, Hermsdörfer J, Steib S, Roig M. Differential effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on explicit and implicit motor memory: the moderating effects of fitness level. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2023. 

Cristini J, Parwanta Z, De Las Heras B, Medina-Rincón A, Dagher A, Doyon J, Steib S, Roig M. Deficits in motor memory consolidation in Parkinson’s Disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. 2023. 

Cristini J, Seo F, Potvin-Desrochers A, Dagher A, Postuma RB, Rosa-Neto P, Amara A, Carrier J, Steib S, Paquette C, Roig M. The effect of different types of exercise on sleep quality and architecture in Parkinson’s Disease: a study protocol. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2023. 

Jespersen L, Maes KM, Ardenkjær-Skinnerup N, Bjørndal JR, Roig M, Beck MM, Lundbye-Jensen J. Acute exercise before and after motor practice act in synergy to promote motor skill learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2023.

Ayotte B, Cristini J, Lotlikar M, Parwanta Z, Cossette P, Gasparovich L, Yee-Wong M, Qi Yue H, Doyon J, Dal Maso F, Carrier J, Steib S, Robertson EM, Roig M. Does cardiorespiratory fitness protect memory from sleep deprivation? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2023. 


Loprinzi P, Roig M, Tomporowski PD, Javadi AH, Kelemen WL. Effects of acute exercise on memory: considerations of exercise intensity, post-exercise recovery period and aerobic endurance. Memory and Cognition. 2022.

Wiley E, Moncion K, Noguchi KS, Moncion K, D’Isabella N, Shkredova DA, Fang H, Richardson J, MacDermid J, Rodrigues LRoig M, Tang A. The association between global cognitive function and walking capacity in individuals with broad ranges of cognitive and physical function: are there sex differences? Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. 2022.

Rodrigues L, Moncion K, Eng JJ, Noguchi KS, Wiley E, De Las Heras B, Sweet NS, Fung J, MacKay-Lyons M, Nelson AJ, Medeiros D, Crozier J, Thiel A, Tang A, Roig M. Intensity matters in stroke recovery: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial exercise intervention for individuals with chronic stroke. Trials. 2022. 

Moncion K, Pryzbek M, Noguchi KS, Roig M, McDonnald MJ, Richardson J, Tang A. Cardiorespiratory fitness benefits of long-term maintenance phase cardiac rehabilitation in males and females: a retrospective cohort study. Physiotherapy Canada. 2022.

Moncion K, Allison E, Al-Khazraji B, MacDonald MJ, Roig M, Tang A. What are the effects of exercise on cerebrovascular physiology following stroke? A systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2022.

Roig M, Cristini J, Parwanta Z, Rodrigues L, Ayotte B, Nepveu JF, Huber R, Carrier J, Steib S, Youngstedt S, Wright D. Exercising the sleepy-ing brain: exercise, sleep, and lack of sleep on memory. 2022. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. 


Loprinzi P, Roig M, Etnier J, Tomporowski PD, Voss M. Acute and chronic exercise on human memory: what we know and where to go from here. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021. 

Moncion K, Rodrigues L, MacKay-Lyons M, Eng J, Billinger S, Ploughman M, Bailey D, Trivino M, Roig M, Tang A. COVID-19 pandemic: guidance for current and future aerobic exercise-based stroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. 2021.

Noguchi KS, Moncion K, Wiley E, McDonnald MJ, Richardson J, Roig M, Tang A. The effect of acute aerobic exercise on arterial stiffness in individuals with chronic stroke. Frontiers of Physiology. 2021.

Hung A, Roig M, Sabiston CM, Swardfager W, Cheng J. Aerobic fitness does not modify exercise effects on motor skill learning. Scientific Reports. 2021.

Cristini J, Weiss M, De Las Heras B, Medina Rincón A, Dagher A, Postuma RB, Huber R, Carrier J, Roig M. The effects of exercise on sleep quality in persons with Parkinson’s Disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2021.

Edwards J, Black SE, Boe S, Boyd L, Chaves A, Chen R, Dukelow S, Fung J, Kirton A, Meltzer J, Moussavi Z, Neva J, Paquette C, Ploughman M, Rajji T, Roig M, Tremblay F, Thiel A. Canadian platform for trials in non-invasive brain stimulation (CanStim) consensus recommendations for the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in stroke rehabilitation trials for upper extremity motor recovery. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2021. 


De Las Heras B, Rodrigues L, Cristini J, Weiss M, Prats-Puig A, Roig M. Does the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Val66Met Polymorphism Modulate the Effects of Physical Activity and Exercise on Cognition? Neuroscientist. 2020. 

Calverley TA, Ogoh S, Marley C, Steggall M, Marchi N, Brassard P, Lucas SJE, Cotter JD, Roig M, Ainslie PN, Wisloff U, Bailey DM. HIITing the brain with exercise; mechanisms, consequences and practical recommendations. Journal of Physiology. 2020.

De Las Heras B, Li O, Nepveu JF, Rodrigues L, Roig M. Exercise improves videogame performance: a win-win situation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2020.

Roig M. Exercise, brain plasticity and sleep: slowing the neurodegenerative effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Neurodiem. 2020. 

Chen J, Roig M, Wright DL. Exercise reduces competition between procedural and declarative memory systems. eNeuro. 2020.

Beck MM, Grandjean MU, Hartmand S, Spedden E, Christiansen L, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Acute exercise protects newly formed motor memories against r-TMS induced interference targeting the primary motor cortex. Neuroscience. 2020.


Ghosh A, Dal Maso F, Roig M, Mitsis GD, Boudrias MH. Unfolding the effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on neural correlates of motor learning using convolutional neural networks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2019. 

Christiansen L, Thomas R, Beck MM, Pingel J, Andersen JD, Mang CS, Ritz C, Madsen MJ, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Genetic variations in the human brain dopamine system influence the beneficial effect of acute aerobic exercise on motor memory consolidation. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019.


Roig M, De Las Heras B. Acute cardiovascular exercise does not enhance locomotor learning in people with stroke. Journal of Physiology. 2018.

Jo JS, Chen J, Riechman S, Roig M, Wright DL. The protective effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on the interference of procedural memory. Psychological Research. 2018.

Del Maso F, Desormeau B, Boudrias MH, Roig M. Acute cardiovascular exercise promotes functional neuroplastic changes in corticomotor networks during the early stages of motor memory consolidation. Neuroimage. 2018.

Centeno C, Medeiros D, Nepveu JF, Fernandez D, Roig M. Cortico-spinal excitability and motor memory consolidation in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging. 2018.


Nepveu, JF, Thiel A, Fung J, Tang A, Lundbye-Jensen J, Boyd L, Roig M. A single bout of high-intensity interval training accelerates motor skill learning in patients with chronic stroke. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. 2017.

Crozier J, Roig M, Eng J, MacKay-Lyons M, Ploughman M, Fung J, Giacomantonio N, Bailey D, Sweet S, Thiel A, Tang A. High-intensity interval training in stroke: an opportunity to promote neurorecovery and cardiovascular health in stroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. 2017.

Lundbye-Jensen J, Skriver K, Nielsen JB, Roig M. Intense exercise improves long-term motor memory in pre-adolescent children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2017.


Ostadan F, Centeno CP, Daloze JF, Frenn M, Lundbye-Jensen J, Roig M. Changes in corticospinal excitability during consolidation predict exercise-induced off-line gains in procedural memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2016.

Thomas R, Flindtgaard M, Skriver K, Geertsen SS, Christiansen L, Christiansen L, Johnsen LK, Ritz C, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Acute exercise, and motor memory consolidation: does exercise type play a role? Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016.

Thomas R, Rasmussen R, Beck MM, Geertsen SS, Christiansen L, Ritz C, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Acute exercise and motor memory consolidation: the role of exercise timing. Neural Plasticity. 2016.

Thomas R, Johnsen LK, Geertsen SS, Christiansen L, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Acute exercise and motor memory consolidation: the role of exercise intensity. PLoS ONE. 2016.

Roig M, Thomas R, Mang CS, Snow NJ, Ostadan F, Boyd LA, Lundbye-Jensen J. Time-dependent effects of exercise on memory. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. 2016.

Snow N, Cameron M, Roig M, McDonnell M, Campbell K, Boyd L. Effects of an acute bout of moderate- intensity aerobic exercise on motor learning in a continuous tracking task. PLoS ONE. 2016.

Previous years

Skriver K, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J, Pingel J, Helge JW, Kiens B, Nielsen JB. Acute exercise improves motor memory: exploring potential biomarkers. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2014.

Roig M, Rosenbaum A, Lundbye-Jensen J, Nielsen JB. Ageing increases the susceptibility to motor memory interference and reduces off-line gains in motor skill learning. Neurobiology of Aging. 2014.

Roig M, Nordbrandt S, Geertsen SS, Nielsen JB. The effects of cardiovascular exercise on human memory: a review with meta-analysis. Neuroscience Biobehavioural Reviews. 2013.

Roig M, Skriver K, Lundbye-Jensen J, Kiens B, Nielsen JB. A single bout of exercise improves motor memory. PLoS ONE. 2012.


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