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The Gait and Brain Lecture

Dr. Montero-Odasso launched the Gait and Brain Seminars in 2007. The seminars were initiated at the Division of Geriatric Medicine, the University of Western Ontario.

The main objective of this series 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 and healthcare providers in the field of gerontology.

The annual Gait and Brain Lecture has been made possible through educational grants from ProtoKinetics and the F.J.H. Campbell lectureship fund. It is sponsored by The Gait and Brain Lab and the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Past Lectures

2017 - Dr. Ervin Sejdic, PhD

Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Informatics
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Engineering Human Gait"
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2016 - Dr. Joe Verghese

Albert Einstein Collece of Medicine
Bronx, New York
"Gait and Cognition. Lessons we learned 10 years late"
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2015 - Dr. Nicholaas I. Bohnen

University of Michigan
"Role of Cholinergic Therapy to Improve Mobility and Reduce Falls in Parkinson’s disease: Implications for Older Adults"
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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 dults: Effects of Cognitive Training and Physical Exercise"
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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"
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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"