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

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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

Selected Publications

  1. Venasse M, Edwards T, Pilutti LA. Exploring wellness interventions in progressive multiple sclerosis: An evidence-based review. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 2018;20:13.
  2. Edwards T, Motl RW, Pilutti LA. Cardiorespiratory demand of acute voluntary cycling with functional electrical stimulation in individuals with multiple sclerosis with severe mobility impairment. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2018;43:71-76.
  3. Edwards TA, Pilutti LA. The effect of exercise training in adults with multiple sclerosis with severe mobility disability: A Systematic review and future research directions. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 2017;16:31-39.
  4. Pilutti LA, Edwards TA. Is exercise training beneficial in progressive multiple sclerosis? International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care 2017;19:105-112.
  5. Edwards T, Klaren RE, Motl RW, Pilutti LA. Oxygen uptake efficiency slope across the disability spectrum in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2017;49:234-240.
  6. 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;18:221-229.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Pilutti LA, Motl RW. Body mass index underestimates adiposity in persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016;97:405-412.
  10. 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.

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