Manuel Montero Odasso MD, PhD

Dr. Manuel Montero Odasso

University Held Positions

Associate Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario
Cross Appointment - Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario

Hospital Appointments

St.Joseph's Health Care London Parkwood Site, London Health Sciences Centre

Other Appointments

Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario

Areas of Clinical Interest

Gait disorders
Falls in the elderly
MCI and dementia
Vitamin D and Frailty 

Areas of Research Interest

The relationship between cognition and mobility in the elderly.

Gait as an early predictor of frailty and dementia.

Falls prevention in older people with cognitive impairment.

Gait and Brain Seminar Series


2008 Brain Imaging and Gait Disorders in Older People: A Rising Paradigm with Dr. Richard Camicioli


2009 The Microvascular Frontal-subcortical Syndrome of Aging with Dr. Lewis A. Lipsitz


2010 Gait Analysis While Dual-tasking and Cognitive Decline: Interests and Perspectives with Dr. Olivier Beauchet


2011 The Interplay Between Gait, Falls & Cognition: Does Cognitive Therapy Reduce Falls Risk with Jeffrey Hausdorff


2012 Walking, Talking and Falling: Translating to Caring (for patients) with Dr. Neil Alexander


2013 Dual-task, Motor Imagery and Brain Imaging: Different but Complementary Ways to Assess Higher Levels of Gait Control with Dr. Cedric Annweiler


2014 Cognitive Plasticity in Older Adults: Effects of Cognitive Training and Physical Exercise with Dr. Louis Bherer


Current Competitive Grants


Principal Investigator. "Gait Variability as Predictor of Cognitive Decline and Risk of Falls in MCI. A Cohort Study" Canadian Institute of Health and Research (CIHR) - $571,115


Primary Investigator. "Can cognitive enhancers reduce the risk of falls in older people with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial" PSI Foundation Grant - $158,000


Co-Investigator. "Taoist Tai Chi and a Memory Intervention for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment - A Randomized Control Trial" Taoist Tai Chi Society of Cananda (Research Grant) - $11, 500

Primary Investigator. " Effect of Cognitive enhancers in mobility and falls. An open label study with controls" Drummond Foundation Grant - $49,000

Primary Investigator. "Effect of vitamin D on mobility and disability. A pilot study" CIHR Seed Grant: Mobility and Aging (Seed Grant) - $69,815

Co-Investigator. "Clinical Utility of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in a Community Geriatric Population" Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario (Research Grant) - $5,000

Primary Investigator. "Gait analysis in older persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment" Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI) (Research Grant) - $11,000

Co-Investigator. "Pattern of brain activation during working memory with and without emotional interference in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment" Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI) (Research Grant) - $14,000 CAD


Peer reviewed publications (ordered by recent publications)


Wells M, Jacques R, Montero Odasso M. Thalamic infarct presenting as catastrophice life-threatening event in an older adult. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2010 Sept 30. [Epub ahead of print] DOI:10.3275/7271

Olivier Beauchet O, Fantino M, Allali G, Muir S, Montero-Odasso M. Timed Up and Go test and risk of falls in older adults: A systematic review. Journal  of Nutrition Health and Aging. (In press)

Annweiler C, Montero-Odasso M, Schott AM, Berrut G, Fantino B, Beauchet O. Fall prevention and vitamin D in the elderly: An overview of the key role of the non-bone effects. J NeuroEng Rehab 2010, 7:44 

Roriz-Cruz M, Rosset I, Montero-Odasso M. Lower Mortality from H1N1 influenza among older Argentineans: men more affected J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010; 59(2): 1813-1815. [Reprint]

Montero-Odasso M, Muir S. Simplifying Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment Sub-types. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2010;58:1022-1024

Annweiler C, Schott AM, Montero-Odasso M, Berrut G, Fantino B, Herrmann FR, Beauchet O. Cross-sectional association between serum vitamin D concentration and walking speed measured at usual and fast pace among older women: The EPIDOS study. J Bone Miner Res. 2010 Mar 4.

Annweiler C, Pochic S, Fantino B, Legrand E, Bataille R, Montero-Odasso M, Beauchet O. Serum Vitamin D Concentration and Short-Term Mortality among Geriatric Inpatients in Acute Care Settings. Adv Ther (2010) 29(3). In press.


Montero-Odasso M, Muir S. Vitamin D deficiency as a contributor of the frailty syndrome. Ann Gerontol 2009; 2(4): 1-8

Montero-Odasso M, Casas A, Hansen KT, Bilski P, Gutmanis I, Wells JL, Borrie MJ.  Quantitative gait analysis under dual-task in older people with mild cognitive impairment: a reliability study.  J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2009 Sep 21;6(1):35 [Epub]

Montero-Odasso M, Bergman H, Phillips NA, Wong CH, Sourial N, Chertkow H.  Dual-tasking and gait in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The effect of working memory. BMC Geriatr. 2009 Sep 1;9(1):41. [Epub]

Montero-Odasso M, Wells JL, Borrie MJ, Speechley M.  Can cognitive enhancers reduce the risk of falls in older people with Mild Cognitive Impairment? A protocol for a randomized controlled double blind trial.  BMC Neurol. 2009 Aug 12;9(1):42. [Epub]

Montero-Odasso M, Wells J, Borrie M. Can Cognitive Enhancers Reduce the Risk Of Falls In People With Dementia? An Open Label Study with Controls. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2009;57:1359-1360.

Montero-Odasso M, Bergman H, Beland F, Sourial N, Fletcher JD, Dallaire L. Identifying mobility heterogeneity in very frail older adults. Are frail people all the sameArch Gerontol Geriatr. 2009; Sept-Oct;49(2):272-7. Abstract.


Telleir C, Monette J, Gold S, Montero-Odasso M, Le Crugel P, Papadopoulous G. Fear of falling and Orthostatic hypotension: a case series from a geriatric outpatient clinic. Canadian Journal of Geriatrics. 2008;11(2):99-103. Abstract


Montero-Odasso M, Levinson P, Gore B, Tremblay L, and Bergman H. A flowchart system to improve fall data documentation in a long-term care institution: a pilot study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2007;8(5):300-306. Abstract


Montero-Odasso M. The value of gait assessment in high functioning population. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2006; 54: 1949-1950. Abstract

Montero-Odasso M. Dysphonia as first symptom of late-onset myasthenia gravis. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006;21:4-6. Abstract


Montero-Odasso M, Schapira M, Soriano ER, et al. Gait velocity as a single predictor of adverse events in healthy seniors aged 75 and older. Journal of Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2005; 60:1304-1309. Abstract

Montero-Odasso M, Schapira M, Duque G, et al. Gait disorders are associated with non-cardiovascular falls in elderly people with unexplained falls. BMC Geriatrics 2005; 5:15. [Epub]

Montero-Odasso M, Schapira M, Duque G et al. Is collectionism a diagnosis indication for Diogenes Syndrome? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.2005; 20: 709-711. Abstract

Duque G, Montero-Odasso M. Use of analgesics in elderly nursing home residents. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2005; 53:909. Abstract

Montero-Odasso M, Gustavo D. Vitamin D in the aging musculoskeletal system: an authentic strengthen preserving hormone. Molecular Aspects of Medicine. 2005; 26:203-219. Abstract


Montero-Odasso M, Przygoda P, Redondo N et al. Health Care for Older Persons in Argentina: A country Profile. Argentina. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2004; 52: 1761-1765. Abstract

Montero-Odasso M, Schapira M, Varela C, et al. Gait velocity in senior people. An easy test for detecting mobility impairment in community elderly. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 2004;8(5):340-343. Abstract

Catoggio L, Montero-Odasso M, Soriano ER et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of management of PMR/GCA. Age and Ageing. 2004;33: 210-211. Abstract


Liu W, Lipsitz LA, Montero-Odasso M, et al. Noise-enhanced vibrotactile sensitivity in older adults, patients with stroke, and patients with diabetic neuropathy. Archives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation. 2002; 83(2):171-176. Abstract


Montero-Odasso M. Evaluación Perioperatoria en Ancianos. NEXO Revista del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. 1999; 19 (1): 20-26.

Montero-Odasso M. Caidas en el anciano: Un gigante de la geriatria. NEXO Revista del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. 1999; 19(3):75-81.


Montero-Odasso M, Pitteri C, Kaplan R et al. Evaluación Multidimensional en Ancianos: ¿un instrumento útil a la consulta?” Rev. Arg. de Geriatría. 1996; 16:223- 228.


Gait and Cognition Workshop CIHR - Institute of Aging - 2008


Curriculum Vitae

Contact Address

St. Joseph's Health Care, London
Parkwood Institute, Room A2-129
550 Wellington Road
London,ON N6C 0A7