COPD Research: Exercise Mechanical Efficiency, Exercise Rehabilitation, Heart Rate Variability and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia
Dr Perrault is a clinical Exercise Physiologist working as a Medical Scientist in the area of chronic respiratory disease at the Montreal Chest Institute of the Royal Victoria Hospital with a team of respirologists, epidemiologists and basic scientists. Dr. Perrault has, and continues to foster academic and research collaborations between exercise sciences and medicine for health promotion, advancement of knowledge and the development of therapeutic modalities and applications. She has supervised the work of numerous graduate students, which focused primarily on the physiology and/or the functional repercussions of operated congenital heart disease and/or chronic lung disorders. Her research areas include circulatory and respiratory exercise physiology and pathophysiology. Research methodologies involve an integrative physiological approach to examine the systemic and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cardio-respiratory responses to acute or chronic exercise.
Her specific current research themes are:
1. The role of the central and peripheral circulatory limitations in the exercise intolerance of patients with COPD.
2. The role of external and internal respiration on exercise mechanical efficiency and exercise tolerance in COPD
3. The energy demands of physical activities of daily living in patients with various degrees of chronic obstructive lung disease.
4. The use of various exercise modalities in the rehabilitation of patients with COPD.
Funding as principal or co-investigator include the CIHR, FRSQ, MUHC and pharmaceutical industry (Investigator-initiated studies).