Anthony Hanley, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Nutritional Sciences
and Public Health Sciences,
Canada Research Chair in Diabetes Epidemiology
Graduate Co-ordinator (Admissions & Awards)

Ph: 416.978.3616

Primary Affiliations:

  • Nutritional Sciences

Other Affiliations:

  • Division of Endocrinology
  • Department of Medicine
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health


  • PhD Epidemiology, University of Toronto

Awards and recognition:

  • Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Professional Memberships:

  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • American Diabetes Association


  • Nutritional and metabolic epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Underlying phenotypes in high risk populations.

Current students:

  • Sheena Kayaniyil (PhD)
  • Sylvia Ley (PhD)
  • Jolynn Dickson (MSc)
  • Luke Johnston (MSc)
  • Christine Lee (post-doctoral fellow)

Recent publications:

  • Kayaniyil S, Retnakaran R, Harris SB, Vieth R, Knight JA, Gerstein HC, Perkins BA, Zinman B, Hanley AJ. Prospective Associations of Vitamin D with Beta-Cell Function and Glycemia: the PROMISE (PROspective Metabolism and ISlet cell Evaluation) Cohort Study. (Diabetes, 2011, in press).

  • Loopstra-Masters RC, Liese AD, Haffner SM, Wagenknecht LE, Hanley AJ.  Associations between the intake of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and measures of insulin sensitivity and beta cell function. Diabetologia. 2011 Feb;54(2):320-8. Epub 2010 Nov 3.

  • Ley SH, O'Connor DL, Retnakaran R, Hamilton JK, Sermer M, Zinman B, Hanley AJ.  Impact of maternal metabolic abnormalities in pregnancy on human milk and subsequent infant metabolic development: methodology and design. BMC Public Health. 2010 Oct 6;10:590. PubMed PMID: 20925937; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2965719.

  • Kayaniyil S, Vieth R, Harris SB, Retnakaran R, Knight JA, Gerstein HC, Perkins BA, Zinman B, Hanley AJ.  Association of 25(OH)D and PTH with metabolic syndrome and its traditional and non-traditional components. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2011 Jan;96(1):168–175. Epub 2010 Oct 27.

  • Ley SH, Harris SB, Mamakeesick M, Noon T, Fiddler E, Gittelsohn J, Wolever TM, Zinman B, Hanley AJ.  Metabolic syndrome and its components identify Aboriginal Canadians at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  CMAJ 2009 Mar 17;180(6):617-24.







Department of Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
FitzGerald Building,
150 College Street, Room 341
Toronto, ON
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