Physical Activity, Cognition, and Dementia

The overarching aim of the Brain and Body Lab is to identify ways to prevent dementia, and improve the well-being of those living with dementia.

Our focus is on harnessing the benefits of physical activity alone or in combination with other healthy lifestyle behaviours such as diet and cognitive training. We aim to generate new knowledge and translate knowledge into practice through partnerships with people living with dementia, care partners, and community stakeholders.

    Within our overarching aim, we include several research goals:

  • To understand the influence of exercise and other modifiable risk factors on cognition and dementia risk
  • To develop strategies to promote well-being of people living with dementia through healthy lifestyle (exercise, diet, social inclusion)
  • To improve inclusion of people living with mild cognitive impairment/dementia in community programs related to health & well-being

We engage people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals, and community partners to make sure our research is relevant to the groups we aim to help, and to make sure our solutions are appropriate for translation to practice.

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You can reach us by phone or email:

Alicia Nadon
Research Coordinator
(519) 888-4567 x 38548

Laura Middleton
Principle Investigator
(519) 888-4567 x 33045

Our research takes place at two sites:

Centre for 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!


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Resources Now Available

Thanks for visiting our website! We've made a few changes over the past month, including the addition of a new Resources page that provides support for those living with dementia and their care partners. There you'll find a brand new At-Home Exercise guideline that we hope you will be able to use during this period of physical distancing!

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