• Brent Fedirchuk headshot
  • Associate professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Physiology and Pathophysiology
    Room 410 – Basic Medical Sciences Building
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0J9

    Phone: 204-789-3762 

Research themes 

  • Neurophysiology
  • Spinal motor systems
  • Neuromodulation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Sensorimotor integration

Research interests 

  • Motoneuron electrical properties
  • State-dependent neuromodulation
  • Locomotion
  • Motor pattern formation

Research affiliations

Research summary

Dr. Fedirchuk’s research investigates the mechanisms used by the spinal motor system to produce complex movements, such as walking. In particular, the systems used to regulate the excitability of spinal neurons to facilitate their participation in the motor activity have been examined. Identification of these mechanisms could be used to facilitate functional motor recovery after injury.


Dr. Fedirchuk is an associate professor and head of the neuroscience and spinal cord injury division of the physiology and pathophysiology department.

He is also the associate department head (education) and has become increasingly involved in educational programing both at the departmental and Rady Faculty of Health Sciences level.

He oversees several courses in the graduate program, and the new post-baccalaureate diploma (PBD) program in physiology and pathophysiology.

He is also the theme-lead and principal instructor for neurophysiology for the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) pre-clerkship curriculum and is the course director for the Foundations of Medicine UGME Med I course.

Dr. Fedirchuk also oversees and delivers the year-one neurophysiology section of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program.


  • Postdoctoral training; University of Copenhagen (Denmark), National Institutes of Health (USA)
  • PhD (physiology), University of Manitoba (1994) 
  • Master of science (physiology), University of Manitoba (1990)
  • Bachelor of science (honours, zoology), University of Manitoba (1987)


Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) Award (Inspiration) as selected by the Med I class (2020-2022 academic year)

Contact us

Physiology and Pathophysiology
432 Basic Medical Sciences Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada