In 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Montero-Odasso, the Gait and Brain Seminars were initiated at the Division of Geriatric Medicine, the University of Western Ontario. The main objective of these seminars is to highlight the entangled relationship between gait and cognition in older adults and to emphasize the importance of gait disturbances as an early predictor of disability, frailty and dementia. These seminars are of interest to geriatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, healthcare providers and research staff in the field of gerontology. In addition to the Parkwood Institute seminar, the seminar lecturer is also invited annually to present as part of the Clinical Neurological Sciences Rounds at University Hospital.

Most Recent:

The Gait and Brain Lab welcomed Dr. Mirko Petrovic from Ghent University, Belgium for our 14th annual Gait and Brain Seminar on Tuesday, October 20th 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this seminar was held over Zoom. 

The Zoom recording will be available shortly.

Please see the event poster for more details.

Past Seminars:

The Gait and Brain Lab welcomed Dr. Luigi Ferrucci from the National Institute on Aging on Tuesday October 15th. 

OTN broadcast recording is available to watch here. We apologize for the poor audio quality.

Please see the event poster for more details.

The Gait and Brain Lab team with Dr. Ferrucci at his seminar presentation.

Dr. Ferrucci at the 13th Gait and Brain Seminar.

Drs. Hachinski, Ferrucci and Montero-Odasso at CNS Grand Rounds.

Gait and Brain Lab director Dr. Montero-Odasso and associate scientists welcome Dr. Ferrucci to London.

The Gait and Brain Lab welcomed Professor Tahir Masud from the British Geriatrics Society on Monday April 29th, 2019

The 12th annual Gait and Brain Seminar was hosted at Parkwood Institute, London ON on Tuesday October 16th, 2018 at 2PM with guest speaker Dr. Richard Camicioli from the University of Alberta. View the full seminar poster here.

View the seminar presentation slides here.

OTN recording is now available for viewing here. (presentation begins at 1:16:00)

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (1 hours).

The Gait and Brain Lab welcomed Dr. Michelle Callisaya from the University of Tasmania (Australia) for a special topic presentation on Monday July 16, 2018. More details on this event can be found on our poster, here.

Left to Right: Alanna Black, Shay Nejim, Yanina Sarquis-Adamson, Stephanie Cullen, Josh Titus, Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, Dr. Michele Callisaya (guest speaker), Dr. Susan Muir-Hunter, Nick Bray, Korbin Blue, Dr. Frederico Faria.

Missing: Joel Mahon, Anish Naidu, Demian Kogutek and Hassan Haddad.

Part 11 of the Gait and Brain Seminar Series at Western with international guest speaker Dr. Ervin Sejdic, PhD from The University of Pittsburgh’s Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Informatics Departments. Watch the webinar here! (Begins at time point 46:25)

Date: Tuesday October 17th, 2017

Time: 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Location: Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Building Room # F2-235

Topic: Engineering Human Gait.

View event poster for more details.

Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, Dr. Ervin Sejdic, and Dr. Paul Cooper at the 2017 Gait and Brain Lecture “Engineering Human Gait”.

The Gait and Brain team with 2017 Seminar presenter, Dr. Sejdic!

Part 10 of the Gait and Brain Seminar Series at Western with international guest speaker Dr. Joe Verghese from the Albert Einstein college of Medicine in Bronx, New York was held October, 2016. This seminar is available online here.

Date: Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Building Room # F2-235

Topic:  Gait and Cognition. Lessons we learned 10 years later.


As part 9 of the Gait and Brain Seminar Series at Western we had the pleasure of hosting international guest speaker Dr. Nicholaas I.  Bohnen from the University of Michigan.

Date: Tuesday October 6, 2015

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Mental Health Building Auditorium Parkwood Institute Room # F2-235

Topic:  Role of Cholinergic Therapy to Improve Mobility and Reduce Falls in Parkinson’s disease: Implications for Older Adults

2014 – Dr. Louis Bherer PhD
Department of Psychology, Chair in Preventive Health Science Research, Scientific Director of the PERFORM Centre
Concordia University, Montréal
“Cognitive Plasticity in older adults: Effects of Cognitive Training and Physical Exercise”

2013 – Dr. Cedric Annweiler
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics,
Faculty of Medicine, Angers, France
Chief, Division of Acute Geriatrics, Angers University Hospital
“Dual-task, Moror Imagery and Brain Imaging: Diffrent but Complementary Ways to Assess Higher Levels of Gait Control”

2011 – Dr. Jeffrey Hausdorff
Director, Laboratory for Gait & Neurodynamics, Neurology Division
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical CentreTel-Aviv, Israel
“The Interplay Between Gait, Falls & Cognition: Does Cognitive Therapy Reduce Fall Risk”

2010 – Dr. Olivier Beauchet, MD, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics – Memory Centre
University of Angers, Angers, France
“Analysis of Gait Variability: Interests and Perspectives”

2009 – Dr. Lewis A Lipsitz
Director, Institute for Aging Research & Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
“The Microvascular Frontal-subcortical Syndrome of Aging”

2008 – Dr. Richard Camicioli
Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Neurology, University of Alberta
“Brain Imagining and Gait Disorders in Older People: A Rising Paradigm”

You can view past seminars on our YouTube channel.