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Manuel Montero-Odasso


Position:  Geriatrician
Degree: MD, PhD 
Office: Parkwood Institute
Phone: 519.685.4021
Fax: 519.685.4093


Manuel Montero-Odasso, MD (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) PhD (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Postdoctoral Fellowship (McGill University, Canada), FRCPC (Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, Royal College of Physician and Surgeons, Canada) is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Director of the “Gait and Brain Lab” at Parkwood Institute, London, Ontario.

He leads the Gait and Brain Health Program at Parkwood Institute, with the goal of understanding the mechanisms and potential treatment of age-related mobility and cognitive decline.  He focuses on gait performance research as a methodology for the early detection and future prevention of the development of frailty, falls, and dementia in older adults.  He has pioneered clinical trials applying the novel approach of "improving cognition to improve mobility" using pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches such as physical exercise, cognitive brain and non-invasive brain stimulation.  He has established the use of "motor biomarkers", for example slowing gait and dual-task gait to predict progression to dementia.  He is team leader and PI in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, Canada's dementia research strategy.

Dr. Montero-Odasso has established a successful research program while remaining an active clinician.  His research has received continued peer-reviewed local, provincial and federal funding of over five million dollars in the last 10 years.  He has had over 100 chapters and articles published in high-impact journals, and has received several accolades including the American Geriatrics Society Investigator Award, the Schulich Clinician Scientist Award, the Premier of Ontario Excellence Research Award, and the CIHR New Investigator Award.  He serves as an editorial board member on several journals on aging including Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Geriatric, and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  He has been invited to give more than 65 international presentations as a guest speaker.   




University Held Positions 

Professor of Medicine, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Deptartment of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Cross Appointment - Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University

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.