Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

404A Basic Medical Sciences Building (Bannatyne campus)
Fax: 204-261-4802

Research areas

My main research interest is in the adaptations that occur in the nervous and neuromuscular systems as a result of increased and decreased physical activity, aging, spinal cord injury, stroke, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Adaptations that are of interest include electrophysiology, morphology, and gene expression.


Dr. Gardiner spent two years after his PhD (1976 to 1978) as a USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. V. Edgerton, UCLA.


Select publications

Krysciak K, Celichowski J, Drzymala-Celichowska H, Gardiner PF, Krutki P,  “Force regulation and electrical properties of motor units in overloaded muscle”,  Muscle & Nerve 2015 Apr 21. doi: 10.1002/mus.24690. [Epub ahead of print]

Chopek, J., Sheppard, P., Gardiner, K., and Gardiner, P., “Serotonin receptor and KCC2 gene expression in lumbar flexor and extensor motoneurons post-transection with and without passive cycling”, J Neurophysiol 113: 1369-1376, 2015.

Krutki, P., Haluszka, A., Mrówczynski, W., Gardiner, PF., Celichowski, J.. “Adaptations of motoneuron properties to chronic compensatory muscle overload”, J Neurophysiol. 113: 2769-2777, 2015.

MacDonell, CW., Power, KE., Chopek, JW., Gardiner, KR., Gardiner, PF.,  “Extensor motoneurone properties are altered immediately before and during fictive locomotion in the adult decerebrate rat.”,  J Physiol. 2015 Mar 25. doi: 10.1113/JP270239. [Epub ahead of print]

Sran, B., McDonald, G., Steinman, A., Gardiner, P., and Giesbrecht, G., “Comparison of heat donation through the head or torso on mild hypothermia rewarming”, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 25: 4-13, 2014.

Chopek, J., MacDonell, C., Gardiner, K., and Gardiner, PF., “Daily passive cycling attenuates the hyperexcitability and restores the responsiveness of the extensor monosynaptic reflex to quipazine in the chronic spinal transected rat”,  J Neurotrauma 31: 1083 – 1087, 2014.

Morissette, M., Susser, S., Stammers, A., O'Hara, K., Gardiner, P., Sheppard, P., Moffatt, T., and Duhamel, T., "Differential regulation of the fiber type specific gene expression of the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium-ATPase (SERCA) isoforms induced by exercise training.", J. Appl. Physiol. 117:544-555, 2014.

Hui AL, Ludwig S, Gardiner P, Sevenhuysen G, Dean HJ, Sellers E, McGavock J, Morris M, Shen GX, Jiang D.,  “Effects of lifestyle intervention on dietary intake, physical activity level, and gestational weight gain in pregnant women with different pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index in a randomized control trial”,  BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Sep 24;14(1):331. [Epub ahead of print]

Gardiner, P., and Edgerton, V., “The sensorimotor nervous system”, book chapter in History of Exercise Physiology, Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL, 2014.

Chopek, J., MacDonell, C., Power, K., Gardiner, K., and Gardiner, P., “Removal of supraspinal input reveals a difference in the flexor and extensor monosynaptic reflex response to quipazine independent of motoneuron excitation”, J Neurophysiol 109 : 2056-2063, 2013.

Woodrow, L., Sheppard, P., and Gardiner, P., “Transcriptional changes in rat alpha-motoneurons resulting from increased physical activity”, Neuroscience 255: 45-54, 2013.  


Gardiner, P., Neuromuscular Aspects of Physical Activity. Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, Publishers, 2001.

Macintosh, B., Gardiner, P., & McComas, A., Skeletal Muscle Form & Function, 2nd Edition. Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, Publishers, 2006.

Gardiner, P., Advanced Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology : Human Kinetics, Publishers, 2011.