College of Medicine


Dr. Jonathan Norton was born and brought up in Southern England. He completed training in Physiology (B.Sc. Hons) and Advanced Instrumentation Systems (M.Res) at University College London in the UK. In addition to a PhD in Neuroscience (Institute of Neurology, University College London) he completed training as a clinical scientist in Clinical Neurophysiology. Concurrently he also completed advanced training in Higher Education.

Current Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Associate Member, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Member, Cameco MS Centre for Neuroscience, University of Saskatchewan
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
  • Associate Member, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Saskatchewan

Academic Background

Postgraduate training and appointments:

  • 2011 - 2012: President. Canadian Association of Neurophysiological Monitoring
  • 2007 - 2012: Director of Intraoperative Neurophysiology, Alberta Health Services (Capital Health, Edmonton)
  • 2003 - 2007: Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering. University of Alberta
  • 2003: PhD. Neuroscience. Institute of Neurology, University College London
  • 2002: Certificate in Higher Education. University College London
  • 1999: M.Res. Advanced Instrumentation Systems. University College London
  • 1997: B.Sc (Hons). Physiology. University College London

Selected Publications

  • Norton J,  Aronyk K, Hedden D. Interpretation of surgical neuromonitoring data in Canada: a survey of practising surgeons. Canadian Journal of Surgery. Can J Surg 2015;58(3):206-08.
  • Huntsman R, Lemire E, Norton J, Dzus A, Blakley P, Hasal S. The differential diagnosis of spastic diplegia. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2015;100: 500-504.
  • Leung V, Pugh J & Norton JUtility of neurophysiology in the diagnosis of tethered cord syndrome. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatric. Volume 15. April 2015. 434-437.
  • Fox R & Norton JA A Novel Device for the Clearance of Biomedical Catheters.  Medical Engineering and Physics. 2014. 36(11). 1526-1529
  • Norton JA, Roy FD & Mahood JK. Preservation of Motor Evoked Potentials under Anesthesia in Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II Undergoing Spinal Deformity Surgery. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2013. 30(4). 382-385.
  • AlQudehy Z, Norton JA & El-Hakim H.Electromyography in Children’s Laryngeal Mobility Disorders: A Proposed Grading System.  Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. 2012. 138(10). 936-941.
  • Pugh JA, Aronyk KE & Norton JA.Neural Activity Generated in the Neural Placode and Nerve Roots in the Neonate with Spina Bifida.  Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics. 2012. 9 (4). 452-456.
  • Hedden DM & Norton JA. A Comparison of a Custom-made Pedicle Probe with a Commercial System.Spine. 2011. 36(22). 1864-1866. 
  • Yang JF, Norton JA, Nevett-Duchcherer J, Roy FD, Gross D, Gorassini MA. Volitional Muscle Strength in the Legs Predicts Functional Walking Success with Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training in the Chronic Spinal Cord Injured.  Physical Therapy. 2011.  91(6). 931-943. 
  • Norton JA & Mushahwar VK. Afferent or CPG Control of Locomotion. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2010. 1198. 10-20. Neurons and Networks in the Spinal Cord.
  • Norton JA & Hedden DM. Monitoring of Placement of High Thoracic Pedicle Screws by Triggered Electromyography of the Intercostal Muscles. A Brief Technical Note. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2009. 52(3). E47-48.
  • Gorassini MA, Norton JA, Nevitt-Duchcherer J, Roy FD & Yang JF. Changes in Locomotor Muscle Activity after Treadmill Training in Subjects with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2009. 101(2). 969-979.
  • Norton JA & Hedden DM. Neuromonitoring During Corrective Surgery for Paediatric Spinal Deformity in Canada (2007). Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2009. 36(1). 47-50.
  • Norton JA, Bennett DJ, Knash ME, Murray KC & Gorassini MA. Changes in Sensory Evoked Synaptic Activation of Motoneurons after Spinal Cord Injury in Man. Brain. 2008. 131(6). 1478-1491.