Lara Pilutti


Lara Pilutti
Assistant Professor

2012 Ph.D., Kinesiology, McMaster University
2006 B.Sc., Biology, Queen’s University
2006 B.P.H.E., Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University

Room: Lees E250G
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Lara Pilutti


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.


Research Interests

  • Neurological disorders and disability
  • Mobility impairment
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Comorbid health conditions


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Selected Publications

  • Motl RW, Pilutti LA. Is physical exercise a multiple sclerosis disease modifying treatment? Experts Review of Neurotherapeutics 2016;16:951-960.
  • Pilutti LA, Motl RW, Edwards TA, Wilund K. Rationale and design of a randomized controlled clinical trial of functional electrical stimulation cycling in persons with severe multiple sclerosis. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications 2016;3:147-152.
  • Pilutti LA, Paulseth JE, Dove C, Jiang A, Rathbone MP, Hicks AL. Exercise training in progressive multiple sclerosis: a comparison of recumbent stepping and body weight supported treadmill training. International Journal of MS Care 2016; DOI:
  • Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Pilutti LA, Duda JL, Motl RW. Sedentary behaviour in people with multiple sclerosis: Is it time to stand up against MS? Multiple Sclerosis Journal 2016;22:1250-1256.
  • Platta ME, Ensari I, Motl RW, Pilutti LA. The effect of exercise training on fitness in multiple sclerosis: A meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016;97:405-412.
  • Pilutti LA, Motl RW. Body mass index underestimates adiposity in persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016;97:405-412.
  • Pilutti LA, Sandroff BM, Klaren RE, Learmonth YC, Platta M, Hubbard E, Stratton M, Motl RW. Physical fitness assessment across the disability spectrum in multiple sclerosis: A comparison of testing modalities. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 2015;39:241-249.
  • Pilutti LA, Platta ME, Motl RW, Latimer-Cheung AE. The safety of exercise training in multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 2014;343:3-7.
  • Pilutti LA, Dlugonski D, Sandroff BM, Klaren R, Motl RW. Lifestyle physical activity improves body composition in multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014;95:1283-1288.
  • Pilutti LA, Dlugonski D, Sandroff B, Klaren R, Motl RW. Randomized controlled trial of a behavioral intervention targeting symptoms and physical activity in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 2014;20:594-601.

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