July 2018 – Congratulations to Shay Nejim on passing her SOCRA exam and therefore earning her CCRP designation. Great job, Shay!

June 2018 – Congratulations to Josh Titus (MSc. Candidate) and Dr. Seyyed Haddad (Post-doctoral fellow) who were successful in their funding applications for the Parkwood Institute Research Student Endowments. Great work!

May 2018 – Former MSc student Jacqueline Kueper recently published part of her thesis work on the ADAS-Cog scale in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

May 2018 Congratulations to PhD student Nick Bray for receiving OGS funding to support his studies.

May 2018 Exciting news! Our application for the Canada Summer Jobs program was successful! Our undergraduate trainee, Joel Mahon, will be with the lab for 10 weeks over the summer to assist with or research supported by this program. Looking forward to having you at the lab, Joel!

April 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Frederico Faria, post-doctoral fellow, for winning the second place poster award at the Canadian Geriatrics Society conference in Montreal.

April 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Montero-Odasso for winning the Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year award at the Lawson Impact Awards 2018.

April 2018 – The Gait and Brain Lab was nominated for the Staff Award of Excellence at the Lawson Impact Awards 2018.

April 2018 – Incoming MSc. student, Erica Figgins, received OGS funding for September 2018 to support her studies under the supervision of Drs. Montero-Odasso and Speechley. 

March 2018 – The Gait and Brain Lab site, lead by Dr. Montero-Odasso, has become the highest recruiting site for the national COMPASS-ND study, led by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).

November 2017 Dr. Montero-Odasso received a recognition from Australia Musculoskeletal Institute’s director, Professor Duque, for his work in Frailty & Cognition research.

November 2017 Congratulations to Stephanie Cullen who was highly commended in this year’s Undergraduate Awards. Her paper “Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Cognitive Benefits in Alzheimer’s Disease” was top 10% in the world in the category of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare. She will also represent Western at this year’s UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

June 2017 Congratulations to Stephanie Cullen and Anish Naidu, who won first and third place for their presentations in their category “Undergraduate and Medical Students” at the Combined City Research Day.

June 2017 Congratulations to Navena Lingum for winning the Kinesiology Graduate Travel Award to fund her research travels for the upcoming year!

May 2017 Congratulations to Navena Lingum for receiving the Joseph A. Scott Studentship in Mobility and Aging and to Dr. Frederico Faria for receiving the Endowed Research Fellowship in Care of Older Adults!

May 2017 Congratulations to Demian Kogutek for receiving The Mary Elizabeth Horney Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research. Demian will join the Gait and Brain Lab to continue his research under the supervision of Dr. Montero-Odasso in September 2017.

May 2017 Congratulations to Dr. Montero-Odasso and the Gait and Brain team for receiving a CIHR Project Grant for the project titled “Gait as a clinical marker to predict progression to dementia syndromes in MCI”.

May 2017 Dr. Montero-Odasso received the Lawson Foundation Grant in “Emerging Researchers: fighting the clock on age-related disabilities”

May 2017 The gait platform of the ONDRI Study, which Dr. Montero-Odasso is co-investigator of, received a grant from the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI).

February 2017 Dr. Montero-Odasso gives a presentation at the Gait and Brain Lab as part of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario’s (CAHO) “Haalthier Wealthier Smarter” Field Trip in London. Read more here!

May 2016 Dr. Montero-Odasso chaired the inaugural meeting of the “Falls and Fractures Special Interest Group” at the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

May 2016 Dr. Frederico Faria received the Endowed Research Fellowship in Care of Older Adults from the Parkwood Institute Research Specific Endowments.

2015 Dr. Montero-Odasso and co-investigators receive the Dean’s Research Grant Initiative for the NIBS study.

April 2014 Dr. Montero Odasso was awarded the “Honorary Member of the Spanish Geriatrics Society” in April 2014 at the Spanish Geriatric Society Meeting (SEMEG), Pamplona, Spain in recognition of his support and contribution to Spanish Geriatrics

May 2013 Congratulations to The Gait and Brain team for receiving the presidential Poster Award in Neurological and Behavioral Science category for the poster entitled “ Neurochemistry substrate of gait dysfunction in MCI. Results from the Gait and Brain Study”. The certificate was given to Dr. Montero-Odasso in Grapevine Texas at the 2013 AGS Scientific Meeting.

2012 Dr. Montero-Odasso and his team received the CIHR Investigator Award from the Canadian Institute of Health and Research which extends into 2017. Congratulations team!

2012 Congratulations to the Gait and Brain team for receiving the Ontario Early Research Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

2012 Congratulations to Anam Islam for receiving the Best Poster Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Geriatric Society.

2012 Congratulations again to Anam Islam for receiving Travel Awards in 2012 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Institute of Aging, The Canadian Geriatric Society Canadian, Institute of Health Research, the Faculty of Health Science Student Conference and the Kinesiology Graduate Student Conference.

2010-2012 Anam Islam was the recipient of the Western Graduate Research Scholarship. Well done Anam!

June 2011 Dr Susan Hunter (Muir) was the recipient of the Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Program Post-Doctoral Award. The award provides funding for two years, continuing her work under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, to study a fall prevention intervention for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease.

April 2011 Belinda Fung, a medical student working at the Gait and Brain Lab, was awarded The Willard and Phebe Thompson Award for the best oral presentation entitled, “Gait variability as predictor of adverse events in community-dwelling older adults. A longitudinal study” on April 8th at the Canadian Geriatrics Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

April 2010 Dr. Susan Hunter was awarded the Edmund V. Cowdry Prize for Best Scientific Presentation, “Fall risk in cognitively impaired older adults: The value of gait assessment under dual task test challenges.” Canadian Geriatrics Society Conference, Ottawa. Congratulations to Dr. Hunter (Muir)!

2008-2010 Congratulations are extended to Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso for being the First recipient of the Clinical Scientist Schulich Award.

May 2008 Congratulations to Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso for receiving the ( American Geriatrics Society) AGS New Investigator Award For outstanding research in field of Geriatrics in Washington, DC, USA .

Nov 2007 Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso received the Best Podium Presentation for his presentation at the” Lawson Health Institute ARGC Research Day. London, ON, Canada entitled “Gait variability in people with MCI’.

April 2006 The Kaufman Prize for Best research paper at the Canadian Geriatrics Society Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada was awarded to Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso.

June 2006 3M Quality Team Distinction Award was given to the Gait and Brain Team for Fall Prevention Program at Maimonides Medical Center, Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

2006  CIHR-Age Plus was awarded to Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso for best research publication in geriatric field. For his publication “Gait velocity as a predictor of adverse events in high function older adults”.

April 2004 Congratulations to Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso for receiving the best poster presentation for his publication “Gait velocity as a marker of adverse events in well functioning elders” at the IX McGill Research Day, Division of Geriatric Medicine. McGill Université. Montreal, QC, Canada.