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A Legacy of Research Excellence

Posted by Josey Houle on November 7, 2022 in News

President’s Research Excellence Award — Emerging Investigator

Olga Theou, PhD is an assistant professor in the School of Physiotherapy, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Department of Medicine. In 2019, she was appointed a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Healthy Aging. Named by Expertscape as one of the top scholars writing about Geriatric Assessment, Dr. Theou’s research interests span across various epidemiological and clinical aspects of frailty and aging. She is a two-time recipient of the Faculty of Medicine’s Research Excellence Award: once in 2018, and again earlier this year.  

Dr. Theou explained how teamwork is integral to her success: “Everything I do is a result of group work, and this award also belongs to the amazing group of trainees and colleagues that I have been working over the years.”

Dr. Theou leads the Frailty and Ageing WAVE team and works as a researcher on the Geriatric Medicine Research team. She serves as a principal investigator, collaborator, and co-applicant on numerous grant projects, and research programs. Dr. Theou is first author on several peer reviewed papers and has supervised several graduate and post-graduate students.  

“There is no doubt that Dr. Theou is emerging as a preeminent researcher and scholar in frailty and healthy aging. She is consistently demonstrating leadership on initiatives that translate research findings into practice,” explained Dr. Lynn Shaw, past director of the Faculty of Health’s School of Occupational Therapy, and Dr. Shaun Boe, professor and associate dean (Research) Faculty of Health.