$50,000 research award to promote active health goes to Dr. Lora Giangregorio, whose work has led to the development of internationally endorsed exercise guidelines for osteoporosis, and tools for physicians, physiotherapists and patients
MONTREAL, Nov. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, is pleased to announce that Dr. Lora Giangregorio, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, is the winner of the 2015 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.
Dr. Giangregorio is the first woman, and only the second Canadian, to receive the prize in its five-year history. She is being recognized for her clinical research aimed at improving the management of osteoporosis through exercise as well as for her significant outreach efforts in promoting physical activity more broadly.
Her work, with Osteoporosis Canada and researchers in several countries, has led to the development of the "Too Fit To Fracture" exercise and physical activity recommendations and video series for people with osteoporosis, which promote aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening and balance training to slow bone loss and reduce falls and resulting fractures. Most notably, the recommendations have been translated into tools and resources that help patients and health care providers put the research into action.
Dr. Giangregorio will accept the prize at a special ceremony at the MaRS Centre in Toronto on Monday, February 8, 2016. This will be followed by a moderated discussion on Wednesday, February 10 at McGill University in Montreal to discuss how a multi-component exercise routine can prevent bone loss early in life and protect those living with osteoporosis from harmful falls and fractures.
SOURCE McGill University
For further information: Valerie Khayat, Communications Officer, Bloomberg Manulife Prize, McGill University, 514-398-3230, [email protected]