Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory

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 
Projects 

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.

Publications 

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.
Staff 

Current Team Members

Daniele ChiricoDaniele Chirico, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Chirico received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2008, and completed his MSc and PhD in Health Biosciences at Brock University in 2015. His research examined the impact of growth and maturation on cardiovascular development in children and adolescents, as well as the impact of early exposure to cardiovascular disease risk factors on cardiovascular development. His research specializations include autonomic cardiac control and blood pressure regulation (heart rate variability and baroreflex function), arterial stiffness, and left ventricular structure and function. During his time at Brock University, Daniele worked as a supervisor at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being’s Heart Strong cardiac rehabilitation program supervising exercise rehabilitation for cardiac patients. He also served as a sessional instructor in the Department of Health Sciences, at Brock University. Daniele began a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in July 2015, examining the relationships between physical activity and fitness, cardiovascular regulation, and neurocognitive functioning in young children with developmental disabilities. Daniele’s current research focuses on the use of exercise as a strategy for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation, with a particular interest in how cardiovascular function influences neurocognitive function and mental health.

Tasuku TeradaTasuku Terada, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Terada completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alberta. The primary focus of his doctoral dissertation was to investigate the efficacy of different exercise protocols on improving cardiovascular fitness, body composition, and glucose metabolism of individuals living with type 2 diabetes. He studied a variety of approaches to optimize the use of exercise for improving these conditions, including high-intensity interval exercise and fasted-state exercise. After completing his doctoral program, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he worked closely with the Bariatric Care and Rehabilitation Research Group led by a multidisciplinary research team. Through this experience, his research interest expanded to better understand the impact of obesity in patients undergoing coronary artery treatment. He has become interested in a unique phenotype of age and/or inactivity-dependent obesity characterized by the coexistence of low muscle mass and high fat mass (i.e., sarcopenic obesity). His future research interests lies in exploring the role of exercise in counteracting the development or progression of chronic health conditions including, but not limited to, obesity, diabetes and the risks associated with these conditions.

Kimberley WayKimberley Way, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kim received her Bachelor in Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University in 2010, and completed her Master of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney in 2012. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, Kim became a qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist and is a current member with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Kim’s clinical experience has been largely involved in cardiac rehabilitation programs at The Sutherland Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Kim is also a researcher and earned her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2018. Her thesis examined the effect of different aerobic exercise strategies (particularly high-intensity interval training) on cardiovascular health outcomes in people with diabetes. Her research specializations include arterial stiffness, central and peripheral hemodynamic responses and cardiovascular risk factor management in people with diabetes. During her PhD, Kim worked closely with researchers and clinicians at The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders and was involved with supervising exercise sessions and presenting education sessions for patients with diabetes (type 1 and type 2 diabetes) and pre-diabetes. Additionally, Kim gained extensive teaching experience and served as a lecturer and teaching staff member at the University of Sydney, the Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University.  Kim’s current research at the Heart Institute involves understanding the prevalence and assessing the current strategies used in clinical practice for cardiovascular disease risk management in people with atrial fibrillation. Her future research interests lie in exploring the efficacy of high intensity exercise modalities (aerobic and resistance training) on cardiometabolic health outcomes in patients within a cardiac rehabilitation setting and exploring the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes and pre-diabetes upon referral to cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Kyle ScottKyle Scott, MSc, CSEP-CEP (PhD candidate)

Kyle is a PhD student in the School of Human Kinetics with co-supervisors Dr. Kristi Adamo and Dr. Jennifer Reed. Prior to this, Kyle completed his MSc in muscle physiology at the University of Ottawa under Dr. Jean-Marc Renaud, focusing on KATP channel involvement in muscle bioenergetics during fatigue. He is also a graduate of University of Guelph where he completed a BSc in Human Kinetics. Kyle is a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist® and currently  teaches in the School of Health at Algonquin College. During his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, hiking, and golfing.

Matheus MisturaMatheus Mistura, MSc, Clinical Research Coordinator

Matheus received his MSc. in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. His research focused on examining nudge-based approaches to increase the purchase of vegetables among young adults in British Columbia. Matheus was also involved in Eat, Play, Live: a population intervention to promote nutrition guideline implementation in recreational facilities across three Canadian provinces.

Matheus enjoys working in a research environment and learning. Prior to starting grad school, Matheus worked as a registered nutritionist in Brazil for three years, working with athletes of different modalities.  When not at work, he enjoys going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, and hiking.

Harleen HansHarleen Hans, BSc, R.Kin, Clinical Research Coordinator

Harleen is a graduate of University of Ottawa where she has completed her BSc in Human Kinetics. After completing a full year internship under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Reed, Harleen is continuing to work with the OPPORTUNITY study and various other clinical trials. Apart from research, she enjoys going to the gym, dancing and spending time with her family. Harleen loves any opportunity to help others wherever it is possible and is excited to continue working with the team.

Brenna CzajkowskiBrenna Czajkowski, Research Assistant

Brenna is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa studying Health Sciences. She has been volunteering with Dr. Jennifer Reed’s team since June 2015 and will continue to do so in hopes of pursuing graduate studies in the next few years. She has assisted with the Champlain Nurses’, OPPORTUNITY, BEST and CRX Modalities studies. Brenna hopes to further pursue research in public health and women’s heart health. Outside the team, Brenna enjoys playing volleyball, volunteering at uOttawa and travelling.

Sol Vidal Almela, MSc (PhD Candidate)Sol Vidal Almela, MSc (PhD Candidate)

Sol Vidal Almela is a new PhD student in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She is working under the co-supervision of Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Denis Prud’homme.

Sol completed her BSc in Physical Activity and Sports Science at the University of Valencia, which was followed by an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University.

She really enjoyed her clinical placement in cardiac rehabilitation. After working in the health promotion field encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle choices to improve their quality of life, she decided to go back into the academic and research field.

She has a special interest in women’s heart health and hopes to gain a better understanding of how to reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in this population. Outside of school, she is particularly excited to go ice-skating along the Rideau Canal Skateway.

Collaborating Investigators

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

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