Cognition abilities contribute to educational and occupational achievement, daily function and motor performance. Unfortunately, cognitive performance declines on average in late life and the prevalence of dementia nearly doubles every five years after the age of 65 years. Over a million people in Canada will have dementia within a generation, as more people live to ages when dementia is common. My research aims to identify ways to optimize cognition across the life course and to prevent dementia in late life. In particular, I investigate the relationship between physical exercise, cognition and brain function using techniques from several disciplines including neuroscience, exercise physiology and epidemiology.
SYNERGIC TRIAL (SYNchronizing Exercises, Remedies in Gait and Cognition) a multi-Centre randomized controlled double blind trial to improve gait and cognition in mild cognitive impairment.
BMC Geriatr. 2018 Apr 16;18(1):93
Study protocol for Vitality: a proof-of-concept randomised controlled trial of exercise training or complex mental and social activities to promote cognition in adults with chronic stroke.
BMJ Open. 2018 03 17;8(3):e021490
Centre- versus home-based exercise among people with mci and mild dementia: study protocol for a randomized parallel-group trial.
BMC Geriatr. 2018 01 25;18(1):27
The Mental Activity and eXercise (MAX) trial: Effects on physical function and quality of life among older adults with cognitive complaints.
Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Oct 21;:
Exercise Training Increases Parietal Lobe Cerebral Blood Flow in Chronic Stroke: An Observational Study.
Front Aging Neurosci. 2017;9:318
J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Jul 31;:
Promoting Optimal Physical Exercise for Life (PROPEL): aerobic exercise and self-management early after stroke to increase daily physical activity-study protocol for a stepped-wedge randomised trial.
BMJ Open. 2017 Jun 30;7(6):e015843
Formulation of evidence-based messages to promote the use of physical activity to prevent and manage Alzheimer's disease.
BMC Public Health. 2017 Feb 17;17(1):209
Neuroscience. 2017 Jan 21;:
Can J Aging. 2016 Dec;35(4):526-532
Affiliate Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Associate Scientist, Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery