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Lara Pilutti - University of Ottawa. Ottawa, ON, CA

Lara Pilutti

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences | University of Ottawa

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

The goal of our research is to optimize the accessibility of exercise for people with multiple sclerosis to maximize health-related benefits








Lara Pilutti is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. She obtained her doctorate degree from McMaster University (Kinesiology) where she examined the role of adapted exercise interventions for persons with progressive multiple sclerosis. Professor Pilutti completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She went on to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at UIUC before joining the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

Professor Pilutti’s research focuses on the role of exercise in the management and treatment of disability arising from neurological disorders, particularly multiple sclerosis. She has specific interests in the application of adapted exercise rehabilitation approaches in neurological populations with advanced mobility impairment. Her research program has also focused on the role of exercise in the management of comorbid health conditions that commonly affect those with neurological disorders and mobility disability.

Areas of Expertise (5)


Physical Activity and Health


Exercise and chronic diseases

Multiple Sclerosis

Education (3)

Queen's University: BSc, Biology 2006

Queen's University: BPHE, Physical and Health Education 2006

McMaster University: PhD, Kinesiology 2012

Affiliations (2)

  • Adjunct Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (3)

People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds

Illinois News Bureau  online


Interview with the Illinois News Bureau at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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MS Connection Newsletter Winter 2015-2016

National Multiple Sclerosis Society  print


Article about resistance training for people with multiple sclerosis. See full articled under Media.

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MS Connection Newsletter Winter 2013-2014

National Multiple Sclerosis Society  print


Article about research study focused on home-based exercise for people with multiple sclerosis. See full article under Media.