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:

  • Understanding the role of exercise training in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.
  • Developing practical, valid approaches to monitoring and prescribing exercise training.
  • Understanding the role of menstrual status and reproductive health in cardiovascular health.
  • Designing and testing workplace interventions to improve women’s cardiovascular health.

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

Selected publications:

  • Reed JL, Terada T, Vidal-Almela S, Tulloch HE, Mistura M, Birnie DH, Wells GA, Nair GM, Hans H, Way KL, Chirico D, O’Neill CD, Pipe AL. Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: A randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open. 2022: 5(10): e2239380.

  • Way K, Vidal-Almela S, Keast ML, Hans H, Pipe AL, Reed JL. The Feasibility of Implementing Aerobic Interval Training in Cardiac Rehabilitation Settings: A Retrospective Analysis. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2020. 12: 38.

  • Vidal-Almela S, Czajkowski B, Prince SA, Chirico D, Way K, Pipe AL, Reed JL. Lessons learned from community physical activity programs: A review of factors influencing women’s participation in and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation. EJPC. 2020: 28(7): 761–778

  • Reed JL, LM Cotie, CA Cole, Harris J, Moran B, Scott K, Terada T, Buckley JP, Pipe AL. Evaluating Submaximal Exercise Tests as Predictors of Peak Aerobic Power in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Settings (BEST Study). Frontiers in Physiology. 2020: 10: article 1517.

  • Way K, Reed JL. Meeting The Needs Of Women In Cardiac Rehabilitation: Is High-Intensity Interval Training the Answer? Circulation. 2019: 139: 1247-1248.

  • Reed JL, Clarke A, Faraz M, Tulloch HE, Birnie DH, Reid RD, Pipe AL. The impact of cardiac rehabilitation on mental and physical health in patients with atrial fibrillation: A matched case-control study. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2018: 34(11): 1512-1521.

  • Reed JL, Terada T, Chirico D, Prince SA, Pipe AL. The Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2018 Oct: 34(10): S284–S295.

  • Reed JL, Prince SA, Pipe AL, Attallah S, Adamo KB, Tulloch HE, Manuel D, Mullen KA, Fodor JG,  Reid RD. Influence of the Workplace on Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health: Results of the Multi-Centre Cross-Sectional Champlain Nurses’ Study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2018 Feb: 81: 49-60.

  • Reed JL, Pipe AL. Practical Approaches to Prescribing Physical Activity and Monitoring Exercise Intensity. Invited review for special issue entitled Physical Activity and the Heart. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2016 Apr: 32(4): 514-522.


Current Team Members

Matheus Mistura, MSc, Clinical Research Manager
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.

Alan Fok, BSc, Research Coordinator
Alan graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BSc in human kinetics. He is an avid badminton player and coach. He has coached many players who have represented Ottawa provincially and nationally. Badminton is the reason Alan pursued an undergraduate degree in human kinetics and why he fell in love with exercise physiology. He is currently pursuing his CSEP certification. Alan is very excited to be part of the team.

Alan is motivated to encourage his community to pursue exercise. He loves to bike and run. He believes daily aerobic exercise is critical in preventing many cardiovascular diseases. Alan wants his work with the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory to promote this message. Alan believes research will continue to promote the immense benefits of exercise.

Isabela Marçal, MSc, PhD Candidate
Isabela is the successful recipient of the inaugural Virtual Student Research Internship with the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Lab (EPCHL) at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Reed. She obtained her BSc in physical education at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Bauru, Brazil, and subsequently earned a specialization in cardiac rehabilitation at Institute Dante Pazzanese of Cardiology in São Paulo.

Isabela is an MSc candidate at UNESP working on high-intensity interval aquatic exercise in patients with hypertension. As a part of her master's, she completed a research internship in the department of rehabilitation sciences at KU Leuven in Belgium. 

She is planning to become a Ph.D. candidate soon and hopes to continue studying and learning about exercise in cardiac rehabilitation, how it can prevent and manage primary and secondary cardiovascular events, improve health and well-being, and be accessible for all individuals. 

When she is not working, Isabela enjoys going to the gym, watching sports and movies, practicing languages, and visiting her family and friends.

Jennie Wong, BSc, MSc candidate
Jennie is currently a candidate student working toward her MSc in human kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Kristi Adamo are co-supervisors. Jennie is a graduate of Carleton University where she completed her BSc in biology with a concentration in health science.

Jennie’s time as a varsity athlete sparked her interest in exercise physiology. She is interested in exercise training, cardiovascular health and how different training strategies can benefit patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Apart from research, Jennie is an avid soccer player and coach. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Robert Pap, BSc, MSc Candidate
Robert is an MSc candidate in the Epidemiology program at the University of Ottawa, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. George Wells. He completed his bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in Biology from Carleton University.

Robert’s passion for health and fitness began at an early age from his involvement in competitive sports. During his time at Carleton, Robert was a member of the Ravens powerlifting team, a hobby that he continues to this day. Robert is interested in how exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs affect outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and improve patients’ overall quality of life. Outside of academics, Robert enjoys travelling, hiking, and painting miniatures.


If you are interested in participating or learning more about our research projects, please contact our research coordinator at @email or call 613-696-7000 x 15944.

Active Recruiting Projects

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

Exercise-AF is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of exercise training on physical and mental health outcomes in patients with persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). This is a multi-disciplinary project involving the Atrial Fibrillation Cluster, the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation and Family Health Teams in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network of Ontario.

Exercise Training in Women with Heart Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial (EXCEED)

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of premature death in Canadian women. Women who suffer an acute coronary event are more likely than men to be physically inactive and have lower fitness levels. EXCEED is a randomized controlled trial comparing the effects of two different types of exercise (high-intensity interval training [HIIT] and moderate-to-vigorous intensity continuous training [MICT]) on physical and mental health outcomes in women with CHD. This multi-disciplinary project involves investigators at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa, and patient partners


ACUTE-AF is a prospective cross-over trial examining short-term changes in atrial fibrillation (AF) symptoms in females and males with paroxysmal and persistent AF (aged 40+ years) while engaging in a standard week of exercise when compared to a week of rest.


The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common heart rhythm disorder, is increasing. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a risk factor for developing AF. Glucose-AF is a pilot randomized controlled trial examining the impact of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) compared to control (i.e., no structured exercise training) on glucose variability, atrial fibrillation symptoms severity and quality of life in patients with non-continuous AF and T2D.


This is a pilot randomized controlled trial examining if the Talk Test is an effective and safe tool as compared with cardiopulmonary exercise testing for exercise prescription in patients who have undergone revascularization procedures and enrolled in a 12-week home-based cardiovascular rehabilitation program with virtual exercise training monitoring.


HIIT-NoW is a randomized control trials examining the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of  high-intensity interval training combined with the Nordic walking (HIIT-NoW)in patients with heart disease who recently underwent a coronary artery bypass graft or percutaneous coronary interventions.