Biography & Research:
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Professor, is a physical therapist and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (http://cogmob.rehab.med.ubc.ca) -- one of Canada’s leading research programs in aging -- as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic (www.fallsclinic.ca).
Dr. Liu-Ambrose is also a key investigator with the Djavad Mowfaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is known internationally for her work in randomized controlled trials (RCT) of exercise with cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults. She has pioneered randomized controlled trials studies to address compelling questions regarding the efficacy of exercise – notably, resistance training (RT). Her research are among the first to demonstrate RT benefits cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults. Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s expertise are in RCTs, exercise prescription for older adults, functional and structural neuroimaging, and mobility. Her work has received international attention and has been featured widely by the media, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.