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Laura Banks
PhD, RKin

Assistant Teaching Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Room TBA
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5


Research topics

  • human physiology
  • clinical exercise science
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • teaching and learning

Research and Expertise

  • Background and Interests

    Research Areas of Specialty:

    • Exercise physiology
    • Cardiac structure, function, and metabolism
    • Cardiac rehabilitation

    My current research plan has been developed within the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the University Health Network. The objective is two-fold: (1.) To optimize exercise rehabilitation and physiological outcomes for outpatients with cardiac disease and Type 2 Diabetes; and (2.) To facilitate exercise programming as cardiac patients transition into the community. This clinically-relevant research program builds on my prior interest and expertise in the areas of heart function, metabolism, and exercise performance.

  • Publications

    For a full list of Publications, visit PubMed

    Banks, L., Cacoilo, J., Carter, J., Oh, P.I. (2019). Age-Related Improvements in Peak Cardiorespiratory Fitness among Coronary Heart Disease Patients Following Cardiac Rehabilitation. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(3). pii: E310 . doi: 10.3390/jcm8030310

    Banks, L., Connelly, K. (2019) Pre-exercise stress testing in type 2 diabetes: Another case of choosing wisely? Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 35(2): 150-152. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.12.008

    West, S.L., Banks, L., Dogra, S., Schneiderman, J.E., Caterini, J.E., Wells, G.D. (2019). Physical activity for children with chronic disease; a narrative review and practical applications. BMC Pediatrics, 19(1): 12.

    Banks, L., Goodman, J.M., Dorian, P. (2018). Correspondence Letter by Banks et al regarding article: “Does High-Intensity Endurance Training Increase the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation? A Longitudinal Study of Left Atrial Structure and Function”. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 11(8):e006645. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.118.006645.

    Godman, J.M., Banks, L., Connelly K.A., Yan, A.T., Backx, P., Dorian, P. (2018). “Excessive” Exercise in Middle-Aged Endurance Athletes: Is Atrial Fibrillation an Unintended Consequence? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 43(9):973-976. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0764.



  • Research Collaborations
    • University Health Network
  • Grants
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Planning and Dissemination Grant, Evaluation of Gender Equity in Cardiovascular Medicine and Research Careers, 2018-2019, $9,500
  • Courses Taught

    Prior Teaching Experience:

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Developmental Cardiovascular Physiology
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription

    Current Courses:

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Altered Physiology: Mechanism of Disease
  • Education
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University Health Network
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
    • PhD Medical Science, University of Toronto
    • MSc Exercise Science, University of Toronto
    • Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto