Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Lab

Our team performs human clinical research in the area of exercise science, cardiovascular rehabilitation and prevention and women’s health. Our research program focuses on:

  1. Understanding the role of exercise training in managing cardiovascular disease
  2. Developing practical, valid approaches to monitoring and prescribing exercise training
  3. Understanding the role of menstrual status in cardiovascular health
  4. Designing and testing workplace interventions to improve cardiovascular health 

PiezoRx RCT Study

Assessing the feasibility and usability of a commercial medical grade pedometer in a case-managed home-based primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention program for French-speaking Canadians.

The PiezoRx study is a prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) designed to examine the role of a pedometer with an accompanying Web application on steps and physical activity levels in French-speaking Canadians attending the FrancoForme® Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. It is done in collaboration with the FrancoForme program and StepsCount inc.

Champlain Nurses’ Study

The Champlain Nurses’ Study is a multi-site pilot project designed to evaluate the determinants of physical activity among nurses in the Champlain Region of Ontario. This is a collaborative project involving the Behavioural and Environmental Interventions Cluster, the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation and the following partnering hospitals: University of Ottawa Heart Institute; The Ottawa Hospital (Civic, General and Riverside Campuses); Winchester District Memorial Hospital; Renfrew Victoria Hospital; Pembroke Regional Hospital; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; L’Hôpital Montfort; The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Queensway Carleton Hospital; and, St Francis Memorial Hospital.

Exercise Training in Patients with Permanent Atrial Fibrillation: A randomized controlled trial (Exercise-AF)

Exercise-AF is a pilot project designed to evaluate the impact of exercise training on clinical, exercise and behavioural outcomes in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). This is a multi-disciplinary project involving the Atrial Fibrillation Cluster, the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation and Family Health Teams in the Champlain Region of Ontario.

Beyond Exercise Stress Testing: Evaluating Submaximal Exercise Tests in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs (Submaximal-CR)

Submaximal-CR is a pilot project designed to evaluate submaximal exercise testing in cardiac rehabilitation programs. This is a collaborative project involving the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation and L’Hôpital Montfort.


See current publications list at PubMed.
See Research Gate profile.
See Google Scholar profile.

Selected publications:

  1. Reed JL, De Souza MJ, Mallinson RJ, Scheid JL, Williams NI. Energy Availability Discriminates Clinical Menstrual Status in Exercising Females. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2015 12:11.
  2. Reed JL, Birnie DM, Pipe AL. Exercise Training in Patients with Paroxysmal, Persistent and Permanent Atrial Fibrillation. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2014: Oct: 186(14): E558.
  3. Reed JL, Pipe AL. The Talk Test: A Useful Tool for Prescribing and Monitoring Exercise Intensity. Invited Review. Current Opinion in Cardiology. 2014. Sep: 29(5):475-80.
  4. Reed JL, Mark AE, Reid RD, Pipe AL. The Effects of Chronic Exercise Training in those with Permanent Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2013 Dec 29: 1721-1728.
  5. Reed JL, De Souza MJ, Williams NI. Effects of Exercise Combined with Caloric Restriction on Inflammatory Cytokines. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2010 Oct: 35(5):573-82.

Current Team Members

Christie Cole, MSc, Research Coordinator
Suzanne Attallah, MBChB, MS Pediatrics, Research Coordinator
Anna Clarke, BSc, Research Coordinator
Cara Elliott, BSc, Research Assistant
Madeleine Ziss, BSc, MD, Research Assistant

Collaborating Investigators

Sherry Grace, PhD (York University, Canada)
Jenna Gibbs, PhD (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Billy Sperlich, PhD (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)

Positions Available 


To enquire about available positions, please submit your CV with a cover letter detailing what you can bring to the team.


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