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Lora Giangregorio

Associate Professor

Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging

Lora Giangregorio.

Contact information 

Office: AHS 2679

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 36357

Email: lmgiangr@uwaterloo.ca

Website: Bone Health and Exercise Science Lab 

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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

Courses

KIN 429: Bone and Joint Health

KIN 414: Cases in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Education

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

Lower-extremity muscle atrophy and fat infiltration after chronic spinal cord injury.

Moore CD, Craven BC, Thabane L, Laing AC, Frank-Wilson AW, Kontulainen SA, Papaioannou A, Adachi JD, Giangregorio LM.
J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2015 Mar;15(1):32-41.
PMID:  25730650
Free Article Select item 256410262.

Physical activity as medicine among family health teams: an environmental scan of physical activity services in an interdisciplinary primary care setting.

Moore C, Lee J, Milligan J, Giangregorio L. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015 Mar;40(3):302-5. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0387. Epub 2015 Feb 2. PMID:  25641026
Free Article  Select item 255105793.

Too Fit To Fracture: outcomes of a Delphi consensus process on physical activity and exercise recommendations for adults with osteoporosis with or without vertebral fractures.

Giangregorio LM, McGill S, Wark JD, Laprade J, Heinonen A, Ashe MC, MacIntyre NJ, Cheung AM, Shipp K, Keller H, Jain R, Papaioannou A. Osteoporos Int. 2015 Mar;26(3):891-910. doi: 10.1007/s00198-014 2881-4. Epub 2014 Dec 16.
PMID:25510579  Select item 249962524.

Improving reliability of pQCT-derived muscle area and density measures using a watershed algorithm for muscle and fat segmentation.

Wong AK, Hummel K, Moore C, Beattie KA, Shaker S, Craven BC, Adachi JD, Papaioannou A, Giangregorio L. J Clin Densitom. 2015 Jan-Mar;18(1):93-101. doi: 10.1016/j.jocd.2014.04.124. Epub 2014 Jul 1.
PMID: 24996252  Select item 247869465.

Build better bones with exercise: protocol for a feasibility study of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of 12 months of home exercise in women with a vertebral fracture.

Giangregorio LM, Thabane L, Adachi JD, Ashe MC, Bleakney RR, Braun EA, Cheung AM, Fraser LA, Gibbs JC, Hill KD, Hodsman AB, Kendler DL, Mittmann N, Prasad S, Scherer SC, Wark JD, Papaioannou A. Phys Ther. 2014 Sep;94(9):1337-52. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130625. Epub 2014 May 1.
PMID: 24786946 
Free PMC Article  Select item 242810536.

Too Fit To Fracture: exercise recommendations for individuals with osteoporosis or osteoporotic vertebral fracture.

Giangregorio LM, Papaioannou A, Macintyre NJ, Ashe MC, Heinonen A, Shipp K, Wark J, McGill S, Keller H, Jain R, Laprade J, Cheung AM. Osteoporos Int. 2014 Mar;25(3):821-35. doi: 10.1007/s00198-013-2523-2. Epub 2013 Nov 27.
PMID: 24281053  Select item 243606377.

Can we use accelerometry to monitor balance exercise performance in older adults?

Tung JY, Ng H, Moore C, Giangregorio L. Gait Posture. 2014 Mar;39(3):991-4. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.11.015. Epub 2013 Dec 4.
PMID: 24360637

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo