Major research interests are determining the mechanisms of poor limb and inspiratory muscle performance in order to determine the best treatments for recovery. These include examination of reduced force output in addition to electromyographic and near infrared spectroscopy of key muscles to examine dyscoordination and metabolic properties. Therapeutic interventions could include particular types of training, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and avoidance of overuse.
Professor Reid is a clinical scientist whose investigations have spanned basic sciences, clinical, and translational research. Research themes have focused on dysfunction of the inspiratory and limb muscles in chronic disease that involves quantification of muscle structure and function at the cellular and macroscopic level. Recent work has focused on inspiratory and limb muscle performance in acute and chronic disease. Dr. Reid has also directed her current research towards using non-invasive tools that can be taken to the bedside including wireless near infrared spectroscopy, dynamometry, and inclinometry. She has forged research collaborations nationally and internationally including Europe, Japan, and Brazil. Dr. Reid supervises research trainees at the MSc, PhD and PDF level in Rehabilitation Sciences and is also interested in collaborating with visiting research scientists.
Dr. Reid is active in knowledge translation endeavours that include the development of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in addition to implementation strategies.