Favaro Polastri, Paula, PhD.

AIM 1, Gait, Scholar

University of Waterloo

Paula Favaro Polastri, PhD., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education in Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) and coordinator of the Laboratory of Information, Vision and Action at UNESP, Brazil. She has a major in Physical Education, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in Movement Sciences.

Currently, Paula is a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Kinesiology at University of Waterloo, working with Bill McIlroy, PhD. Her research focuses on multisensory integration in postural control. She works in the gait and balance platform focusing on identifying accurate biomarkers for early detection of neurodegenerative diseases and their progression. Her ultimate research goal in ONDRI is to determine the potential utility of using measures of static balance control as a biomarker of neurodegenerative disease severity and progression.