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As Principal Investigator of the lab, Dr. McIlroy's research program is centered on fundamental and translational work to advance the development of new approaches to maximize safe independent mobility among older adults and those with neurologic disease/or injury.


Karen Van Ooteghem

Research Assistant Professor

Karen is interested in age-related changes in central nervous system function and the effects of these changes on balance and mobility.

Kit Beyer

Research Associate

Past Education: 

PhD Kinesiology (Neuroscience) 2018 – University of Waterloo

Thesis: Cognitive control, conflict monitoring, and aerobic exercise

Research Summary/Interests:

Kit’s research focuses on how physical activity influences the brain and its potential use as a therapy to improve, maintain, or rehabilitate brain health throughout the lifespan.

Exercise; Cognition; Electrophysiology; Data Science

Gary Mangan

Graduate Student, PhD

Past Education: 

MSc Kinesiology 2014 - Wilfred Laurier University 

Research Summary/Interests:

Gary Mangan is currently completing his PhD investigating postural control in young healthy adults.

Posture control; Human Movement; Data Engineering

Vanessa Thai

Research Assistant

Past Education: 

BSc Kinesiology (Honours Co-operative Program) with Psychology Minor 2021 – University of Waterloo 

Research Summary/Interests: 

Vanessa is interested in the use of wearable technology in free-living environments to study neurodegenerative disease, specifically the impact of feedback from wearable technology on daily behaviours. 

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