Amy Kirkham, Assistant Professor, PhD

Kinesiology & Physical Education
University of Toronto

Dr. Amy Kirkham is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiovascular Health at the University of Toronto and an Affiliate Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Kirkham’s research program aims to characterize the intersection of cancer, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease in women and to develop lifestyle interventions including exercise, diet, and multi-modal rehabilitation, to prevent or ameliorate underlying cardiometabolic dysfunction. A primary goal in developing effective interventions for women with or at risk for these conditions is consideration of feasibility and potential for implementation. Dr. Kirkham’s assessment approach is comprehensive and holistic, encompassing the use of biological samples, real-time biosensors (e.g., continuous glucose monitors, physical activity trackers), validated patient-reported outcomes, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and state-of-the-art imaging magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging techniques.

Time-Restricted Eating: State of the Science and Strategies for Implementation

Time-restricted eating is a type of intermittent fasting where calorie intake is restricted to a selected window of time during the day, commonly 8 hours in length. This presentation will review the available scientific literature regarding the cardiovascular and metabolic health effects for time-restricted eating, highlighting the potential role as an adjunct therapy for cardiovascular disease and cancer populations. Additionally, key features of a telephone-based, low cost delivery model for implementation of time-restricted eating shown to result in high adherence will be discussed.