• Marcus Ng headshot
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Section of Neurology
    University of Manitoba
    Room GF-532, 820 Sherbrook Street
    Health Sciences Centre
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-787-2684


Biomedical Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering, UM

Research achievements

Research summary

Dr. Marcus Ng's research focuses on the anti-epileptic effect of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep against seizures, quantitative electroencephalography (EEG), chronobiology, and critical care electroencephalography (EEG).

Dr. Ng is the Director of the Dreamspike Research Laboratory, which aims to study the unique anti-epileptic properties of REM sleep. The laboratory's mission is to understand why epileptic activity breaks through the usual calming influence of REM sleep against seizures and to use this knowledge to directly help patients. Dr. Ng's research themes include sleep and epilepsy, quantitative EEG, and anti-epileptic effect of REM sleep against seizures.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ng has made numerous contributions to the field of sleep and epilepsy research and has supervised, co-supervised, and mentored over 40 graduate students, residents, and medical students in various fields.

He is a member of various research groups and affiliations, including the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium, Sleep and Epilepsy Workgroup, Canadian Epilepsy and Mother-Infant Health Group, and the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research.


Dr. Marcus Ng is an associate professor of neurology at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, and an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the Price Faculty of Engineering, UM. He is a Diplomate of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) in Electroencephalography (EEG), a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), and a specialist in neurology.

Dr. Ng's research interests are focused on the anti-epileptic effect of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep against seizures, quantitative electroencephalography (EEG), chronobiology, and critical care electroencephalography (EEG). He serves as the Director of the Dreamspike Research Laboratory, which focuses on understanding and applying the unique anti-epileptic properties of REM sleep.

Dr. Ng and his trainees have received several awards and honors, including the inaugural national anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis foundation prize, Manitoba Neuroscience Network prize, Henry Melmed Memorial Prize, and the Young Investigator Award of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

Dr. Ng is an active participant in medical education, serving as a former chief EEG examiner for the CSCN, and examiner for the Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists. He is the current vice-president of the CSCN and also serves on several committees for organizations such as the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, Canadian League Against Epilepsy, American Epilepsy Society, American Brain Foundation, and the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has been invited to editorial boards of international medical journals, review research grants and articles for several medical journals, and has lectured at the National Epilepsy Review Course and the National Teaching Course on Sleep Neurology.

With extensive experience in electroencephalography and epilepsy management, Dr. Ng continues to be a leader in his field, publishing extensively in peer-reviewed journals and meeting abstracts, and speaking at academic conferences worldwide. He is also the first-author on the first-ever dedicated clinical atlas to quantitative EEG in the intensive care unit.


  • Diplomate in Electroencephalography, CSCN(EEG) (2014)

    • Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) (2012)

    • Specialist certification in neurology
    • Residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Special Training In Research (STIR), University of Alberta (2007)

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (BMSc), Physiology (Hon.), University of Alberta (2003)


Fellow, American Epilepsy Society (2022)

Travel Grant, 7th Asian Oceanian Congress on Clinical Neurophysiology (2020)

Fellow, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2019)

Presentation Awards, Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (2016-2017)

Junior Faculty Travel Grant, Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials XIII Conference (2015)

Biennial Meeting Travel Grant, International League Against Epilepsy (2013)

Annual Meeting Resident Scholarship, American Academy of Neurology (2011)

Dorothy Jean Usher Memorial Summer Research Award, University of Alberta (2005)

Nat Christie Award, University of Alberta (2004)

Louise McKinney Scholarship, University of Alberta (2002)

Ronald Stansfield Young Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta (2001)

Special Merit Award, Chemical Institute of Canada (2000)

Award of Excellence, University of Toronto Biology Competition (2000)

Scholarship, TransAlta Corporation (2000)

Rutherford Scholar Award (2000)

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Internal Medicine
Room GC430, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada