Anne Gallagher , Ph.D.
    Anne Gallagher
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development Axis
    Research Theme
    Neurodevelopmental diseases
    CHUSJ - Centre de Recherche

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    • Postdoctoral training, Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts General Hospital and Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, USA (2011)
    • PhD (Research and Intervention, Clinical Neuropsychology Option), Université de Montréal, Montréal (2008)
    • Master’s in Psychology (MPS), Laval University, Quebec City (2001)

    Research Interests

    My research interests focus on the cognitive and language development of the child. More specifically, my research program is divided into two parts. 1) Typical language development during early childhood; 2) The cognitive and cerebral effects of various pediatric diseases and syndromes, such as epilepsy, congenital heart disease and prematurity. In my laboratory, we use neuropsychological assessment and brain imaging, including optical imaging (NIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG), to better understand these pathologies and their effects on brain development, identify predictive markers of neurodevelopmental prognosis and develop pre-surgical assessment techniques that can be used within these populations.

    Research Topics

    • Pediatric neuropsychology
    • Language
    • Development of brain networks
    • Functional neuroimaging
    • Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
    • Electrophysiology (EEG)
    • Epilepsy
    • Congenital heart disease
    • Prematurity

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Research Excellence Award, Young investigator, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), 10/2017
    • CLAE Junior Investigator Award 2016, Canadian League against Epilepsy (CLAE), 2016/10
    • CIHR New Invastigator Salary Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2013-2018
    • Chercheure-boursière FRQS Junior 1, 2013-2017
    • Quebec's Best Ph.D. Thesis Award - Health. Award of Excellence given by the Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec (ADESAQ), 2009 edition
    • Post-Doctoral Training Award, Clinical Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2008-2011
    • Post-Doctorat Training Award, Clinical Research, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), 2008-2010
    • Ph.D. scholarship, Georgette Lemoyne Award, Canadian Federation University Women (CFUW), 2006-2007
    • CIHR Fellowship (Health Professionals), Canadian Institutes of Health, 2006-2008
    • Best scientific article 2007, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award, 17ème journée scientifique du Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et Cognition (CERNEC)
    • Best poster presentation, Pfizer Award, 15ème journée scientifique du CERNEC, 2006
    • Best poster presentation Ph.D., Award of Excellence, XXème Congrès annuel de la recherche des étudiants gradués du Centre de Recherche du CHU Ste-Justine, 2005
    • Best oral presentation, CERNEC Award, 14ème journée scientifique du CERNEC, 2005
    • NSERC Graduate Scholarship B, Doctorate's Degree, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2002-2004

    Major Financing

    • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Functional Brain Connectivity in infants with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), 2017 - 2020
    • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Language cerebral networks in typical and altered developing brain: a Portable all integrated neuroimaging (PRALINE) platform, 2016 - 2020
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Development of language functional networks: a resting-state neuroimaging approach, 2015 - 2020
    • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Impact of early intervention on neurodevelopmental outcomes in congenital heart disease, 2016 - 2019
    • SickKids Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), Resting-state presurgical mapping in children with epilepsy, 2015 - 2018


    • (2018) Using NIRS-EEG as a clinical tool in children with epilepsy, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Singapour
    • (2018) Développement visuel et langagier d’enfants nés prématurément : une perspective électrophysiologique, Société Québécoise de la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP), Quebec, Canada
    • (2017) Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS): a clinical tool to investigate language brain networks, 5th European Autumn School of Cerebral Oxymetry and Optical Imaging (fNIRS), Amiens, France
    • (2016). Early intervention and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with CHD. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Montreal, Canada
    • (2016) Language function and brain network development in healthy children and young patients with neurodevelopmental conditions. 18e conference of the International Organization of Psychophysiology, Havana, Cuba


    1. Gallagher A, Tremblay J, Vannasing P. Language mapping in children using resting-state functional connectivity: Comparison with a task-based approach. J Biomed Opt [Internet]. 2016;21(12):125006-1-125006–8. Disponible:
    2. Vannasing P, Florea O, González-Frankenberger B, Tremblay J, Paquette N, Safi D, Wallois F, Lepore F, Béland R, Lassonde M, Gallagher A. Distinct hemispheric specializations for native and non-native languages in one-day-old newborns identified by fNIRS. Neuropsychologia. 2016;84:63–9.
    3. Vannasing P, Cornaggia I, Vanasse C, Tremblay J, Diadori P, Perreault S, Lassonde M, Gallagher A. Potential brain language reorganization in a boy with refractory epilepsy: An fNIRS-EEG and fMRI comparison. Epilepsy Behav Case Reports [Internet]. 2016;5:34–7. Disponible:
    4. Gallagher A, Dagenais L, Doussau A, Décarie J-C, Materassi M, Gagnon K, Prud’homme J, Vobecky S, Poirier N, Carmant L. Significant motor improvement in an infant with congenital heart disease and a rolandic stroke: the impact of early intervention. Dev Neurorehabil. 2016;18:1–4.
    5. Schmidt CSM, Lassonde M, Gagnon L, Sauerwein CH, Carmant L, Major P, Paquette N, Lepore F, Gallagher A. Neuropsychological functioning in children with temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal atrophy without mesial temporal sclerosis: a distinct clinical entity? Epilepsy Behav [Internet]. 2015;44:17–22. Disponible:
    6. Paquette N, Lassonde M, Vannasing P, Tremblay J, González-Frankenberger B, Florea O, Béland R, Lepore F, Gallagher A. Developmental patterns of expressive language hemispheric lateralization in children, adolescents and adults using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Neuropsychologia [Internet]. 2015;68:117–25. Disponible:
    7. Paquette N, Vannasing P, Tremblay J, Lefebvre F, Roy MS, McKerral M, Lepore F, Lassonde M, Gallagher A. Early electrophysiological markers of atypical language processing in prematurely born infants. Neuropsychologia [Internet]. 2015;79(Part A):21–32. Disponible:
    8. Sayeur MS, Vannasing P, Lefrançois M, Tremblay E, Lepore F, Lassonde M, McKerral M, Gallagher A. Early childhood development of visual texture segregation in full-term and preterm children. Vision Res. 2015;112:1–10.
    9. Tremblay E, Vannasing P, Roy M-S, Lefebvre F, Kombate D, Lassonde M, Lepore F, McKerral M, Gallagher A. Delayed early primary visual pathway development in premature infants: high density electrophysiological evidence. PLoS One [Internet]. 2014;9(9):e107992. Disponible:
    10. Gallagher A, Kovach A, Stemmer-Rachaminov A, Rosenberg AE, Eskandar E, Thiele EA. Metaplastic bone in a cortical tuber of a young patient with tuberous sclerosis complex. Neurology. 2011;76:1602–4. 

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