Helen Carlson

Research Assistant Professor


Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Stroke
  • Brain
  • Brain stimulation
  • Neuroimaging
  • neuroplasticity

Research activities

The word neuroplasticity embodies the hope that the brain can regain function after massive injury. I am interested in all mechanisms of neuroplasticity be they endogenous or in response to intensive treatment. Neuroimaging affords us a unique opportunity to non-invasively examine brain networks and investigate functional and structural connectivity, neuroanatomy and neurometabolics. Children who have incurred perinatal stroke leading to hemiparetic cerebral palsy provide an ideal model for examining developmental neuroplasticity and the effects of intensive rehabilitation and non-invasive brain stimulation. Improving motor function and maximizing quality of life is of paramount importance. 


Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)


  • 2018 ACH Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory: Level 1 TMS Operator
  • 2018 Research Ethics and Compliance Training: Good Clinical Practice & Health Canada Division 5
  • 2017 CAIR ACH Imaging Centre: Level 2 MRI Certification
  • 2016 Non-invasive Neurostimulation (N3) Network, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary Investigator
  • 2016 CHILD-BRIGHT Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR): Network Member
  • 2016 Campus Alberta Neuroscience: Imaging Consortium member
  • 2015 The Alberta Perinatal Stroke Program: Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award for outstanding research
  • 2015 Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Course on Research Ethics (TCPS2: CORE)
  • 2011 Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) Behaviour and the Developing Brain: Associate Investigator
  • 2011 Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM): Member




  • The Alberta Perinatal Stroke Program: Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Research 2015