Physical Activity, Cognition, and Dementia

This is the official site of Professor Laura Middleton’s Brain and Body Lab! We are located in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.

Our research aims to understand how we can best harness the benefits of physical activity to prevent dementia and improve the lives of those who are living with dementia.  Some of our studies investigate how we can increase the benefits of physical activity by altering the type, intensity, or delivery. Other studies evaluate how exercise can be combined with other interventions like cognitive training or diet to augment the benefits of exercise. We also are working to develop more accessible physical activity and exercise programs for people living with dementia.

You can reach us by phone at 519-888-4567, extension 38548

You can reach us by email at

Our research takes place at two sites:

Community, Clinical, and Applied Research Excellence:
University of Waterloo
Toby Jenkins Applied Health Research Building, Room 1103
340 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6R6

Brain and Body Lab
University of Waterloo
Applied Health Sciences Building Room 2692
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1

 Learn more about the research currently taking place in our lab!


Participants needed

Have you or someone you know recently been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, and would like to know how you can contribute to neuroscience research in the brain and body lab? Contact us if you would like to participate in the brain and body research group