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Lora Giangregorio


Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging

Lora Giangregorio.

Contact information 

Office: AHS 2679

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 36357


Website: Bone Health and Exercise Science Lab 

ORCID: Lora Giangregorio


Research interests

The aim of our research team is to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures. We use medical imaging technologies to explore bone and muscle responses to activity or neurologic impairment, and evaluate new methods for image analysis. We conduct epidemiologic studies to inform fracture risk assessment algorithms. We conduct clinical trials to investigate the effects of exercise interventions for reducing fracture risk in high risk individuals. We conduct studies to investigate methods for increasing participation in safe and effective physical activity in older adults. We actively translate our research into practice by liaising with government and non-profit organizations and linking with community-based programs. For example, our research team has worked with Osteoporosis Canada to develop BoneFit, a two-day workshop for physiotherapists and kinesiologists on appropriate assessment and exercise prescription for individuals with osteoporosis. We also led the development of the Too Fit To Fracture Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Individuals with Osteoporosis.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate thesis
  • MSc thesis
  • Coursework interns
  • PhD thesis
  • Postdoctoral trainee

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies

  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Clinical trials and knowledge translation
  • Physical activity and aging
  • Osteoporosis and bone health


KIN 429: Bone and Joint Health

KIN 414: Cases in Clinical Exercise Physiology


PhD (McMaster)

Awards and honours 

Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of the Arts of Active Health

CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) New Investigator Award

Lindy Fraser Award 2016

Selected publications

Please see Google Scholar for full list of publications

1. "Left to my own devices, I don't know": using theory and patient-reported barriers to move from physical activity recommendations to practice.
Ziebart C, McArthur C, Lee L, Papaioannou A, Laprade J, Cheung AM, Jain R, Giangregorio L.
Osteoporos Int. 2018 May;29(5):1081-1091. doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4390-3. Epub 2018 Feb 13.
PMID: 29441402 [PubMed - in process]

2. Score Distributions of the Balance Outcome Measure for Elder Rehabilitation (BOOMER) in Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Vertebral Fracture.
Brown ZM, Gibbs JC, Adachi JD, Ashe MC, Hill KD, Kendler DL, Khan A, Papaioannou A, Prasad S, Wark JD, Giangregorio LM.
J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2017 Nov 28. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000158. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 29210932 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

3. A Scoping Review of Physical Rehabilitation in Long-Term Care: Interventions, Outcomes, Tools.
McArthur C, Gibbs JC, Patel R, Papaioannou A, Neves P, Killingbeck J, Hirdes J, Milligan J, Berg K, Giangregorio L.
Can J Aging. 2017 Dec;36(4):435-452. doi: 10.1017/S071498081700040X. Review.
PMID: 29130428 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

4. Participation in moderate-to-vigorous leisure time physical activity is related to decreased visceral adipose tissue in adults with spinal cord injury.
Pelletier CA, Omidvar M, Miyatani M, Giangregorio L, Craven BC.
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2018 Feb;43(2):139-144. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0304. Epub 2017 Oct 10.
PMID: 29017016 [PubMed - in process]

5. Does Muscle Atrophy and Fatty Infiltration Plateau or Persist in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury?
Moore CD, Craven BC, Thabane L, Papaioannou A, Adachi JD, Giangregorio LM.
J Clin Densitom. 2018 Jul - Sep;21(3):329-337. doi: 10.1016/j.jocd.2017.06.001. Epub 2017 Jul 11.
PMID: 28709751 [PubMed - in process]

6. Appendicular and whole body lean mass outcomes are associated with finite element analysis-derived bone strength at the distal radius and tibia in adults aged 40years and older.
Gibbs JC, Giangregorio LM, Wong AKO, Josse RG, Cheung AM.
Bone. 2017 Oct;103:47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2017.06.006. Epub 2017 Jun 11.
PMID: 28614701 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

7. Agreement between fragility fracture risk assessment algorithms as applied to adults with chronic spinal cord injury.
Cervinka T, Lynch CL, Giangregorio L, Adachi JD, Papaioannou A, Thabane L, Craven BC.
Spinal Cord. 2017 Nov;55(11):985-993. doi: 10.1038/sc.2017.65. Epub 2017 Jun 13.
PMID: 28607522 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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