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Gait and Brain Lab

Participants Needed!

The SYNERGIC 2.0 TRIAL (SYNchronizing Exercises, Remedies in GaIt and Cognition) will provide virtual, at-home interventions to 550 study participants with mild cognitive impairment, including personalized one-on-one coaching, to help make lifestyle and behavioural changes. The SYNERGIC-2 Trial is being conducted by the Mobility, Exercise, and Cognition (MEC) Team which is part of the Canadian Consortium in Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA).

The SYNERGIC-2 Trial targets five areas including physical exercise, cognitive training, diet recommendations, sleep interventions and vascular risk factor management, with the goal of enhancing health and maintaining independence for individuals at risk for developing dementia.

We’re on the lookout for individuals to participate in this life-changing trial.

Click here to participate: I am interested in SYNERGIC-2. Please send me more information!

Volunteers Needed!

The Gait and Brain laboratory is now looking for volunteers to join our team! We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are excited about research in medicine.

Volunteering with us will give the following learning and professional development opportunities:

  1. You will develop integral skills in gait, mobility, and neuropsychological and cognitive assessment in geriatric populations.
  2. You will learn proper data entry and data curation techniques that are in line with standard research practices in medical and clinical trials.
  3. You will work with a team of research and medical professionals who will provide you with fruitful knowledge and insights in research data collection, data entry, and management.

To apply, please email us at or call us at 519-646-6100 extension 42179.


About Our Lab

The Gait and Brain Lab is a research facility at Parkwood Institute, London, Ontario. We specialize in ageing-related research, specifically looking at the interaction between one’s mobility and cognition as one ages. The Gait and Brain Lab’s mission is to integrate “Mobility and Cognition” as a new line of research to better understand and treat the epidemic of insidious disability in older people.

Gait and Brain Seminar

The Gait and Brain Lab hosted our 16th Annual Seminar on Thursday October 19th @ 2:45PM. 

Please see the Seminars page for more details and to watch the recorded broadcast.

Congratulations to Dr. Montero-Odasso!

Innovation Award: Lawson Impact Awards 2023

Dr. Montero-Odasso was awarded with the Innovation Award at the Lawson Impact Awards for his innovation in recognizing the relationship between cognition and mobility has led to strides in understanding conditions including dementia, gait disorders, falls and frailty. With the aging population recognized as a major pressure on the health system, his work has the potential to transform care.

Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution: Lawson Impact Awards

Dr. Montero-Odasso was awarded with the Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year award at the Lawson Impact Awards for his publication in JAMA Neurology titled “Association of dual-task gait with incident dementia in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Results from the Gait and Brain Study”.


Research Opportunities

Do you have memory problems?
Do you have trouble remembering things?
Are you 60 years old or older?
Would you like to be part of a research study?

Interested older adults are invited to call to get information about participating in our research studies.

Our projects are looking at the relationship between walking and cognition (how you think and reason). If you have concerns about your memory, you are encouraged to call us and , if you meet certain criteria, you will be invited to take part in our research studies. You may then be invited to come to Parkwood Institute, part of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and undergo a thorough assessment by our  trained professionals. As a part of the study, you will have a complete memory and mobility evaluation, which can be sent to your family physician if you wish.

If you are interested, please contact us today!