Lora Giangregorio


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 

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. Measuring the Implementation of Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise in Primary Care for Older Adults: Results of a Feasibility Study. Gibbs JC, McArthur C, Milligan J, Clemson L, Lee L, Boscart VM, Heckman G, Stolee P, Giangregorio LM. Can J Aging. 2019 Apr 5:1-17. doi: 10.1017/S0714980818000739. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30947765 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  2. Exploring the association between number, severity, location of fracture, and occiput-to-wall distance.Ziebart C, Adachi JD, Ashe MC, Bleakney RR, Cheung AM, Gibbs JC, Hill KD, Kendler DL, Khan AA, Kim S, McArthur C, Mittmann N, Papaioannou A, Prasad S, Scherer SC, Thabane L, Wark JD, Giangregorio LM. Arch Osteoporos. 2019 Feb 28;14(1):27. doi: 10.1007/s11657-019-0582-5. PMID: 30820733 [PubMed - in process]
  3. Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography: Review of Evidence and Recommendations for Image Acquisition, Analysis, and Reporting, Among Individuals With Neurological Impairment. Cervinka T, Giangregorio L, Sievanen H, Cheung AM, Craven BC. J Clin Densitom. 2018 Oct - Dec;21(4):563-582. doi: 10.1016/j.jocd.2018.07.00 Epub 2018 Jul 29. Review. PMID: 30196052 [PubMed - in process]
  4. Pilot and feasibility studies in exercise, physical activity, or rehabilitation research. El-Kotob R, Giangregorio LM. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2018 Aug 14;4:137. doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0326-0. eCollection 2018.PMID: 30123527 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
  5. Quality Changes after Implementation of an Episode of Care Model with Strict Criteria for Physical Therapy in Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes. McArthur C, Hirdes J, Chaurasia A, Berg K, Giangregorio L. Health Serv Res. 2018 Dec;53(6):4863-4885. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13020. Epub 2018 Aug 9. PMID: 30091461 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  6. Build better bones with exercise (B3E pilot trial): results of a feasibility study of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of 12 months of home exercise in older women with vertebral fracture. Giangregorio LM, Gibbs JC, Templeton JA, Adachi JD, Ashe MC, Bleakney RR, Cheung AM, Hill KD, Kendler DL, Khan AA, Kim S, McArthur C, Mittmann N, Papaioannou A, Prasad S, Scherer SC, Thabane L, Wark JD. Osteoporos Int. 2018 Nov;29(11):2545-2556. doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4652-0. Epub 2018 Aug 8. PMID: 30091064 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  7. "We get them up, moving, and out the door. How do we get them to do what is recommended?" Using behaviour change theory to put exercise evidence into action for rehabilitation professionals. McArthur C, Ziebart C, Papaioannou A, Cheung AM, Laprade J, Lee L, Jain R, Giangregorio LM. Arch Osteoporos. 2018 Jan 25;13(1):7. doi: 10.1007/s11657-018-0419-7. PMID: 29372344 [PubMed - in process]
  8. "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 - indexed for MEDLINE]
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