The Department of Nutritional Sciences boasts over 40 highly accomplished faculty members, many of which are recognized as global leaders in nutritional sciences. Through experimentation, collaboration and an unwavering commitment to push the frontier of knowledge, our faculty has uncovered important discoveries and applications of nutrition research. Two examples include the invention of pabulum, a nutrient fortified baby food, which decreased the high incidence of nutritional rickets and the invention and clinical use of ‘Sprinkles’, a home-fortification approach to combat iron-deficiency anemia to decrease non-reversible developmental delay in infants in developing nations.

Faculty interests span basic science to clinical investigation to population health, and represent the ideal translational model of research, from genes to populations. The faculty have received a number of distinguished awards, including:

  • 2 Members of the Order of Canada
  • 3 Canadian Nutrition Society McHenry Awards
  • 3 Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
  • 3 Fellows of the American Society for Nutrition
  • Leading a successful multi-site CFI/OIF infrastructure grant totalling $13M

Moreover, seven faculty members have served on Panels of the National Academy of Sciences to establish new Dietary Reference Intakes - more than Harvard, Tufts and MIT combined.

 

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G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology
Director, Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs
Food intake regulation: basic mechanisms of regulation based on gut and brain peptides in rats; control of appetite and feeding behaviour in humans; Role of structure and composition of carbohydrate and proteins in determining food intake.

Johane P. Allard, M.D., F.R.C.P.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
The Toronto Hospital
Antioxidant vitamins; lipid peroxidation; nutritional assessment; nutritional support.

Michael C. Archer, M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc. **not accepting students for graduate and summer research program**
Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medical Biophysics
Origins of breast and colon cancer including characterization of susceptibility genes and role of hormonal and dietary factors.

 

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Ron O. Ball, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta and
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Amino acid metabolism and requirement; piglet model TPN fed premature infant; neonatal development in amino acid metabolism.

Richard P. Bazinet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Undergraduate Coordinator
The regulation and role of brain lipid metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Glenn B. Berall, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Assistant Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences
North York General Hospital
Energy expenditure, eating disorders and obesity in children

Beatrice Boucher, B.Sc, M.H.Sc.
Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Measurement of diet and its association with cancer risk in populations.

Norman Boyd, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C).
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
Princess Margaret Hospital
Cancer epidemiology including: the identification of subjects at increased risk for breast cancer, screening for breast cancer, mammographic, histological and biochemical markers of breast cancer risk, diet and cancer, methodology of dietary assessment, clinical trials of dietary modification in high risk individuals.

W. Robert Bruce, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medical Biophysics
Dietary factors and the origin of cancer.

 

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Tony Cohn, M.B., Ch.B., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.(C)
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Nutritional Sciences
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Metabolic disturbances associated with schizophrenia and with antipsychotic medication.

Elena M. Comelli, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Functional genomics on the gastro-intestinal tract. Probiotics.

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Pauline Darling, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital
Amino acid and homocysteine metabolism in clinical conditions such as chronic renal failure; human lactation and infant feeding.

Marco Di Buono, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto

Vice President, Science & Research, American Heart Association

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Ahmed El-Sohemy, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences,
Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics

Understanding how genetic and dietary factors interact to regulate various metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

 

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Ann Fox, M.H.Sc., R.D., PhD
Senior Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Director, Master of Public Health Program

Community Nutrition

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Peter J. Gillies, Ph.D. FAHA
Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Dupont Central Research and Development
Cardiometabolic disease, nutritional pharmacology and nutrigenomics.

Carol E. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Associate Director , Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Interactions of diet, brain biochemistry, neuronal function and behaviour; brain aging.

Debbie Gurfinkel, Ph.D
Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences

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Jill Hamilton, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
Obesity; insulin resistance/beta cell secretion and type 2 diabetes; tumor syndrome, thyroid cancer.

Anthony J. G. Hanley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health Sciences,
Canada Research Chair in Diabetes Epidemiology

Epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and associated complications; insulin resistance; beta cell dysfunction; metabolic syndrome; epidemiologic methods; Aboriginal health; community-based interventions.

 

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David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
University Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine,
Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism

Director, Clinical Nutrition and Risk Modification Centre, St. Michael's Hospital
Nutritional management of diabetes and hyperlipoproteinaemia; metabolic and intestinal effects of starch and fibre.

Robert G. Josse, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) **not accepting students**
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital
Management of diabetes; calcium metabolism and metabolic bone disease; thyroid disease.

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Mohammed Karmali, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Public Health Agency of Canada
Epidemiology, pathogenesis and public health significance of emerging zoonotic enteric pathogens, nutrigenomics.

Mary Keith, BASc, PhD
AssistantProfessor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Surgery
St. Michael's Hospital
Nutrition in the pathogenesis and treatment of heart failure

Young-In Kim, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital and Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto
Folic acid and cancer development.

Joanne Kotsopoulos, MSc., PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Professor, Womens College Research Institute
Women’s College Hospital

Nancy Kreiger, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences Nutritional Sciences
Cancer Care Ontario
The examination of what are termed lifestyle risk factors for chronic diseases, and the assessment of methodological issues which may improve those etiologic studies.

Magdalena M. Krondl, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Food selection and dietary profiles; geriatric nutrition; community program assessment.

 

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Mary R. L'Abbé, Ph.D.
Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Nutrition, minerals, food fortification, elaboration of national nutrition policies.

Lawrence A. Leiter, M.D.**not accepting students for graduate and summer research program**
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital
Pathogenesis and treatment of obesity; control of appetite; diet and behaviour; dietary treatment of diabetes and hyperlipidemia.

Anthony J. Levitt, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.(C)
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Nutritional Sciences
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Physiological and psychological influences on eating behaviour.

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Jonathon L. Maguire, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital
Nutritional child health promotion, evaluation and advancement of evidence informed practice, determinants of child health

Lisa Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Nutritional Sciences
Ontario Cancer Institute
Etiology and Prevention of Breast Cancer

Brian W. McCrindle, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical aspects of lipid disorders and CV risk factors assessment and intervention, clinical trials; Cardiologic aspects of Kawasaki disease, particularly assessment and intervention for CV risk; An evidence-based approach to common paediatric CV disorders and complaints; Psychosocial, neurodevelopmental and quality of life aspects relevant to paediatric cardiology; Outcomes assessment of congenital heart disease and interventions, both in children and adults.

Gail E. McKeown-Eyssen, Ph.D. **not accepting students**
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences
Epidemiology of colon and breast cancers; environmental hypersensitivity; epidemiology;
epidemiologic methods.

Melanie Morris, MEd, RD
Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Associate Director, Master of Public Health Program

Community Nutrition

 

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Steven Narod, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences, Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer
Centre for Research in Women's Health
Diet and Cancer.

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Deborah L. O'Connor, Ph.D., RD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
Folate metabolism, postdischarge feeding of prematurely born infants, paediatric nutrition.

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Sharon Parker, Ph.D
Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Paul B. Pencharz, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., FRCP(C)
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
Protein and amino acid metabolism and requirement; energy metabolism; body composition; paediatric nutrition.

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A. Venket Rao, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Diet and chronic diseases, oxidative stress and antioxidants in the causation and prevention of chronic diseases, phytochemicals and human health, pre and probiotics in human health, value added biotechnological processes.

Daniel Roth, MD PhD
Clinician-Scientist, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences

Global child health & nutrition; fetal and infant growth; vitamin D and calcium in pregnancy and early childhood.

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Daniel Sellen, MA, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Nutritional Sciences and Dalla
Lana School of Public Health

Canada Research Chair in Human Ecology and Public Nutrition
Human ecology, evolutionary biology and global health consequences of infant and young child feeding and care-giving practices; design, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to improve maternal, neonatal and child nutrition in disadvantaged populations.

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Valerie Tarasuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health Sciences
Graduate Co-ordinator (Admissions & Awards)

Social and economic determinants of health and nutrition.

Lilian U. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Role of phytochemicals, particularly phytoestrogens in breast and colon cancer; functional foods and nutraceuticals.

Christopher Tomlinson, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children

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Vladimir Vuksan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
St. Michael's Hospital
Physiological effects of dietary carbohydrate and fibre; risk factor modification of chronic diseases.

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Wendy E. Ward, B.Arts Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Brock University and Department of Nutritional Sciences
Brock University
The role of food components in the regulation of bone development with the long-term goal of developing nutritional strategies to prevent osteoporosis.

Thomas M.S. Wolever, D.M., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine
Dietary influences on GI function; metabolism of colonic short chain fatty acids; hyperlipoproteinaemia and diabetes.

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Stanley H. Zlotkin, CM, MD, PhD, FRCPC
VP Medical and Academic Affairs, Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Trace element (zinc/iron) metabolism in infants and children; intravenous alimentation; renal disease; eating disorders.

 


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Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
FitzGerald Building,
150 College Street, Room 316
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5S 3E2
Telephone: (416) 978-2747
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