Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute
Director of the Centre of Excellence on Longevity of RUIS McGill
Dr. Joseph Kaufmann Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Professor of Geriatrics, McGill University
Geriatrician, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Jewish General Hospital
Dr. Olivier Beauchet, who is certified to practice neurology, internal medicine and geriatrics, was appointed Director of the Centre of Excellence on Longevity at McGill University in January 2016. He holds Master's degrees in pharmacology and neuropsychology and a PhD in neuroscience.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Beauchet is a highly prolific researcher, having published 278 peer-reviewed papers, of which 172 (62%) appeared in the last five years. He has an h-index of 53 and i10-index of 167. He has published in high impact journals, on fundamental (e.g. Neurobiology of aging) and clinical outcomes (e.g. Neurology). His research output includes a simple clinical test based on mental imagery to detect abnormal cortical gait control, meta-analysis to confirm the effects of drugs on gait performance, guidelines for clinicians to update their knowledge on gait assessment, and identification of the brain region associated with falls. He has founded, and currently leads, two established consortia: The Biomathics Consortium since 2013 and the Canadian Gait Consortium since 2015. Both consortia bring together academic teams (twenty-one members from nine countries and six Canadian provinces) composed of researchers (geriatricians, neurologists, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, epidemiologists, mathematicians and engineers in computer bioengineering and bio-mechanics) working on age-related gait changes and falls, sharing databases and participating in collaborative projects.
Beauchet O, Annweiler C, Dubost V, et al. Stops walking when talking: a predictor of falls in older adults? Eur J Neurol. 2009;16:786-95.
Beauchet O, Annweiler C, Callisaya ML, et al. Poor Gait Performance and Prediction of Dementia: Results From a Meta-Analysis. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016;17:482-90.
Beauchet O, Launay CP, Allali G, Annweiler C. Changes in gait variability with anti-dementia drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CNS Drugs. 2014;28:513-8.
Kabeshova A, Launay CP, Gromov VA, Annweiler C, Fantino B, Beauchet O. Artificial neural network and falls in community-dwellers: a new approach to identify the risk of recurrent falling? J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015;16:277-81.