Marc Roig

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

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: 

I am interested in understanding mechanisms underlying motor memory consolidation. Specifically, the neural processes taking place after motor practice, which are indispensable for the acquisition of motor skills. The basic idea of my research is to look beyond rehabilitate interventions to study the formation of motor memories once the physical treatment has ended. I am also interested in developing new strategies (e.g. cardiovascular exercise) to optimize the consolidation of motor memories. I am also studying how, after being encoded, motor memories can be either enhanced or disrupted when different memory processes coincide after motor practice. I am particularly interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying memory interference and how this knowledge can be used to optimize physical therapy practice in older populations. My goal is to improve motor function in people with mobility deficits such as patients with stroke or Parkinson's disease.

Area of expertise: 






Selected publications: 

De Las Heras B, Li O, Rodrigues L, Nepveu JF, Roig M. A single bout of exercise improves accuracy in videogaming: a pilot study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019. 51:5. Suppl. In press.

Christiansen L, Thomas, Beck MM, Pingel J, Andersen JD, Mang CS, Madsen MAJ, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. The beneficial effect of acute exercise on motor memory consolidation is modulated by dopaminergic gene profile. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019.

Centeno C, Medeiros D, Beck MM, Lugassy L, Hernandez D, Nepveu JF, Roig M. The effects of aging on cortico-spinal excitability and motor memory consolidation. Neurobiology of Aging. 2018.

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

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

Dal 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.

Crozier J, Roig M, Eng JJ, 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 and Neural Repair. 2018.

Nepveu JF, Thiel A, Tang A, Fung J, Lundbye-Jensen J, Boyd LA, Roig M. A single bout of high-intensity interval training improves motor skill retention in individuals with stroke. Neurorehabilitation and 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.

Thomas R, Flindtgaard M, Skriver K, Geertsen SS, 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. 2017.

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

Thomas R, Rasmussen R, Beck M, 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, Boyd LA, Lundbye-Jensen J. Time-dependent effects of exercise on memory. Exercise & Sport Science Reviews. 2016.

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

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 .

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

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.