Lawson researchers at Parkwood Institute, part of the St. Joseph’s Health Care London family, work to improve both physical and mental health care based on the understanding that conditions of the body and mind are integrally linked. From studies on mobility after brain and spinal cord injury to treatment-resistant depression, a range of different research areas were highlighted on April 21, 2017 at
Study participant Roy Bratty, 82, demonstrates the walking and talking gait test with Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso,a Lawson scientist, geriatrician at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis. To date, there is no definitive way for health care professionals to forecast the onset of dementia in a patient with memory complaints.