Dr. Ian Q. Whishaw

Name: Ian Q. Whishaw

Phone: 403.329.2402

E-mail: whishaw@uleth.ca

Office: EP1244

Lab: EP1215

PhD - University of Western Ontario
MSc - University of Calgary
BA - University of Calgary

Current Students:
Lori Sacrey (PhD)
Jenni Karl (PhD)
Gita Gholamrezaei (PhD)


Ian Whishaw received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. He moved to the University of Lethbridge in 1970, where he is currently a Professor of Neuroscience. He has had visiting appointments at the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, Cambridge University, and the University of Strasbourg, France. He is also a Fellow of Clair Hall, Cambridge. His current research examines how the precise details of bodily movements are influenced by injury or disease to the motor systems of rodents and humans, and the neuroanatomical basis of gesturing. Whishaw is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of a bronze medal from the Canadian Humane Society, a recipient of the Ingrid Speaker Medal for research, a recipient of a 2009 Alberta Science and Technology “Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science” award, and is president of NeuroInvestigations, Inc.


Sacrey, L.A., Travis, S.G., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2011). Drug treatment and familiar music aids an attention shift from vision to somatosensation in Parkinson's disease on the reach-to-eat task. Behavioural Brain Research, 217, 391-398.

Klein, A., Sacrey, L.A., Dunnett, S.B., Whishaw, I.Q., & Nikkhah, G. (2011). Proximal movements compensate for distal forelimb movement impairments in a reach-to-eat task in Huntington's disease: new insights into motor impairments in a real-world skill. Neurobiology of Disease, 41(2):560-569.

Karl, J.M., Alaverdashvili, M., Cross, A.R., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2010). Thinning, movement, and volume loss of residual cortical tissue occurs after stroke in the adult rat as identified by histological and magnetic resonance imaging analysis. Neuroscience, 170, 123-137.

Foroud, A., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2010). Reaching-to-eat in humans post-stroke: fluctuating components within a constant pattern. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124(6):851-867

Whishaw, I.Q., Sacrey, L.A., Travis, S.G., Gholamrezaei, G., & Karl, J.M. (2010). The functional origins of speech-related hand gestures. Behavioural Brain Research, 214(2):206-15.

Doan, J.B., Whishaw, I.Q., Pellis, S.M., Suchowersky, O., de Bruin, N., & Brown, L.A. (2010). Challenging context affects standing reach kinematics among Parkinson's disease patients. Behavioural Brain Research, 214(1):135-141.

Sacrey, L.A., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2010). Development of collection precedes targeted reaching: resting shapes of the hands and digits in 1-6-month-old human infants. Behavioural Brain Research, 214(1):125-129.

Alaverdashvili, M., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2010). Compensation aids skilled reaching in aging and in recovery from forelimb motor cortex stroke in the rat. Neuroscience, 167, 21-30.

Travis, S.G., Sparks, F.T., Arnold, T., Lehmann, H., Sutherland, R.J., & Whishaw, I.Q. (2010). Hippocampal damage produces retrograde but not anterograde amnesia for a cued location in a spontaneous exploratory task in rats. Hippocampus, 20(9):1095-1104.