Manuel Montero-Odasso, MD, PhD, AGSF, FRCPC is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Western Ontario. He is an internist and geriatrician with a research focus in the relation between mobility and cognitive problems in older adults.
He is leading the Gait & Brain Study, a cohort study aimed to test gait disturbances as early predictor of dementia and mobility decline in people with early cognitive problem no dementia (MCI). He has published fruitfully and received several research awards including the American Geriatrics Society Investigator Award (2009) and the CIHR New Investigator Award (2012-2017). He has done more than 40 international presentations in the field of falls and gait disturbances as a guest speaker.
His research goal is to understand the mechanisms and potential treatment of age-related mobility and cognitive decline. For this purpose, he focuses on gait performance research as methodology to early detect mobility and cognitive decline and future prevent the development of frailty and dementia in older people. Specifically, he is interested in Preventing Falls in the Cognitively Impaired and Frail Elderly.
Dr. Montero-Odasso has established a successful research program on Gait and Cognition, which have been constantly supported by peer-reviewed funding, published in high-impact journals, established collaborations with expert colleagues worldwide, and received national and international recognition.