2018 UOHI Investigator of the Year

Dr. Jennifer Reed

 

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Jennifer Reed has been awarded the 2018 Investigator of the Year. Dr. Reed will receive this award and present her research at the Ottawa Cardiovascular Research Day on April 30.

Dr. Jennifer Reed directs the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), and is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Reed’s research is focused on understanding the role of exercise in the prevention of heart disease and during the rehabilitation following a cardiac event. She is particularly interested in the role of exercise in the management and treatment of heart rhythm disorders, developing novel exercise training strategies for patients with heart disease, and developing workplace interventions to improve heart health. Dr. Reed’s work spans from basic science to clinical practice and population health, with a focus on women’s heart health.

In only a few short years since establishing her independent research program in late 2013, Dr. Reed has quickly earned national and international recognition. Just in this past year, she was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant; a Servier Investigator-Initiated Research Grant; a Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Emerging Research Leader Initiative Award; and an Ontario Early Researcher Award. Dr. Reed is the recipient of a CIHR Clinician Scientist Award, a prestigious grant to recognize research excellence by an early career investigator.

Dr. Reed has published 37 peer-reviewed articles, 20 of which are first-authored. Eight of these articles were published within this past year alone. Notable papers from the last year included a systematic review and meta-analysis, “The Impact of Workplace Physical Activity Interventions on Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health among Working-age Women” in the ‘Go Red for Women Issue’ in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and an original study examining the physical activity and cardiovascular health of nurses in the Champlain region of Ontario. The results of the latter have been brought forward to key local, provincial and national stakeholders at the Nurses’ Night Dissemination Event led by Dr. Reed herself.

Dr. Reed serves on grant committees for the Canadian National Transplant Research Program, CIHR Project Scheme Program, and the Health Research Board of the Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Reed is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings.

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