Franco Lepore , Ph.D.
    Franco Lepore
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development Axis
    Research Theme
    Neurodevelopmental diseases

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    • Full Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal
    • Director, CERNEC (Centre de recherche en neuropsychologie et cognition)


    • Post-doctorate, University of Pisa, Italy, 1971-1972
    • Doctorate, Psychology, University of Montreal, 1971

    Research Interests

    • Development of visual system in children;
    • Cerebral mechanisms of visual perception;
    • Development and integration of callosal system;
    • Auditory function in different human subject populations;
    • Cross-modal plasticity and reorganization.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Member at large, Canadian National Committee Neuro/Bio/Behaviour Section, 2007
    • Member, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2007
    • Honorary Prize, Annual Meeting of the Vision Research Network, 2006
    • Richard Tees Distinguished Leadership Award, Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, 2005
    • Adrien Pinard Award, Société québécoise de recherche pour la psychologie, 2005
    • Annual Discovery Award, Québec Sciences, 2005
    • Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology, Canadian Psychological Association, 1994
    • Fellow, Canadian Royal Society, 1991

    Major financing

    • Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neurosciences
    • NSERC: Organization and Development of Sensory Systems


    • Tremblay J, Martinez Montes E, Vannasing P, Lassonde M, LEPORE F, Gallagher A. (2017) Imagerie optique de diffusion, une comparaison des méthodes de reconstruction d’image. [Affiche] 25e Journée scientifique du CERNEC, Saint-Sauveur, Canada.
    • Paquette N, Vannasing P, LEPORE F, Lassonde M, Gallagher A. (2016) Évaluation électophysiologique et neuropsychologique du langage chez l’enfant né avant terme. Présentation orale : 31e Congrès des Étudiants du Centre de Recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine, Montréal, Canada.
    • Manescu S, Ballester J, Abdi H, Valentin D, LEPORE F, & Frasnelli J. (2017).Wine discrimination in early-blind individuals. Association for Chemoreception Sciences, XXXIX Annual Meeting, Fort Myers, Florida, April 26th-29th.
    • Manescu, S, Ballester J, Abdi H, Valentin D, LEPORE F, & Frasnelli J. (2017). Discrimination des odeurs de vins chez les personnes non-voyantes. SSociété québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie, 39e Congrès annuel à Montréal, 39e Congrès annuel à Montréal, Québec, Canada, 24-26 Mars.
    • Manescu, S., Ballester, J., Abdi, H., Valentin, D., LEPORE F, & Frasnelli, J. (2017). Discrimination des odeurs de vins chez les aveugles précoces. 25e Journée Scientifique du CERNEC, Québec, Canada, 17-18 Mars.


    1. Costa M, Lepore F, Guillemot JP. (2107) Spectral and temporal auditory processing in the superior colliculus of aged rats.Neurobiol Aging, Sep;57:64-74. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.05.015.
    2. West GL, Konishi K, Diarra M, Benady-Chorney J, Drisdelle BL, Dahmani L, Sodums DJ, Lepore F, Jolicoeur P, Bohbot VD.(2017) Impact of video games on plasticity of the hippocampus. Mol Psychiatry, Aug 8. doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.155.
    3. Hébert-Seropian B, Boucher O, Sénéchal C, Rouleau I, Bouthillier A, Lepore F, Nguyen DK.J (2107) Does unilateral insular resection disturb personality? A study with epileptic patients. Clin Neurosci, Sep;43:121-125. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.
    4. Hadid V, LEPORE F. (2017), From Cortical Blindness to Conscious Visual Perception: Theories on Neuronal Networks and Visual Training Strategies. Frontiers in systems neuroscience. Vol 11. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00064
    5. Pelland M, Orban P, Dansereau C, LEPORE F, Bellec P, Collignon O. (2017), State-dependent modulation of functional connectivity in early blind individuals. Neuroimage. 2017 Feb 15;147:532-541. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.12.053. Epub 2016 Dec 21.
    6. Crollen V, Albouy G, LEPORE F, Collignon O. (2017), How visual experience impacts the internal and external spatial mapping of sensorimotor functions. Scientific Reports | 7: 1022 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-01158-9.
    7. Manescu S, Daniel B, Filiou RP, LEPORE F, Frasnelli J. (2016), Nostril Advantage in Trigeminal/Olfactory Perception and Its Relation to Handedness. Perception (epub)
    8. Von Siebenthal Z, Boucher O, Rouleau I, Lassonde M, LEPORE F, Nguyen DK. (2016) Decision making impairments following insular and medial temporal lobe resection for drug-resistant epilepsy. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci (epub)
    9. Dormal V, Crollen V, Baumans C, LEPORE F, Collignon O. (2016). Early but not late blindness leads to enhanced arithmetic and working memory abilities. Cortex 83:212-221.
    10. Voss P, Alary F, Lazzouni L, Chapman CE, Goldstein R, Bourgoin P, LEPORE F. (2016). Crossmodal processing of haptic inputs in sighted and blind individuals. Frontiers in Systems Neurosci 10:62:1-11.

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