Darlene Reid PhD, PT
Physical Therapy
darlene reid
Contact Info
T: (416) 978-0301
F: (416) 946-8561
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7
Research Interests
Movement Science

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.


Research Synopsis

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.

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

  1. Goligher EC, Brochard,LJ, Reid WD, Fan E, Slutsky AS, Herridge MS, Kavanagh BP, Rubenfeld GD,Ferguson ND. Diaphragmatic Myotrauma: A Mediator of Prolonged Ventilation and Poor Patient Outcomes in Acute Respiratory Failure. Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 2019; 7(1)90-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(18)30366-7
  2. Tanaka T, Basoudan N, Melo LT, Wickerson L, Brochard LJ, Goligher EC, Reid WD. Deoxygenation of inspiratory muscles during cycling, hyperpnoea and loaded breathing in health and disease: a systematic review. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging 2018;38:554–565. DOI 10.1111/cpf.12473
  3. Cabral EEA, Fregonezi GAF, Basoudan N, Melo L, Mathur S, Reid WD. Surface electromyography (sEMG) of extradiaphragm respiratory muscles in healthy subjects: a systematic review. Journal of Kinesiology and Electromyography. Accepted July 17, 2018. Access at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2018.07.004
  4. Basoudan N, Shadgan B, Guenette JA, Road J, Reid WD. Effect of acute hypoxia on inspiratory muscle oxygenation during incremental inspiratory loading in healthy adults. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016; 116:841-850.
  5. Reid WD, Sheel AW, Shadgan B, Garland SJ, Road JD. Recruitment and deoxygenation of sternocleidomastoid and biceps during incremental loading in stable COPD patients. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2016; 36:279-287.

Honours and Awards

  • Recognition Award, Canadian Lung Association. (Distinction) [2012]
  • Killam Fellowship [1995]
  • BC Health Care Research Foundation Scholarship [1990-1994]