Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Degrees / Credentials



Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Healthy Aging
Director, Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Clinic
Co-Director, Centre for Aging SMART at Vancouver Coastal Health
Director, Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Health
UBC Lead, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging


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Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic.

Her research program focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging, with a particular focus on cognitive and neural plasticity, as well as mobility. Various method are utilized, including randomized controlled trials, functional neuroimaging, and actigraphy,

Dr. Liu-Ambrose works collaboratively with faculty in Psychology, Neurology, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care and Epidemiology. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an investigator with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. She also co-leads the UBC data collection site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

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Research Information

We are a clinical research laboratory that incorporates cognitive neuroscience methodology. Our main research projects are randomized controlled trials involving clinical populations. In these trials, we typically acquire clinical, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging data. For neuroimaging data, we use a research-dedicated Philips 3T scanner at the UBC MRI Research Centre, a 5-minute walk from our UBC campus laboratory. We also have an in-house Artinis Oxymon Mk III Near Infrared Spectroscopy system (NIRS) which allows us to see changes in blood flow in the brain. Being able to detect changes in brain blood flow may prove to be a diagnostic tool to better understand changes in brain mechanisms as we age.



  • aging
  • cognition
  • clinical trial
  • spinal cord injury
  • hip health
  • falls prevention

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