Edna W. Park Lectures

Medical Sciences Building

The Household Science & Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association University of Toronto presents the Professor Edna W. Park Lecture.

The Professor Edna W. Park Lecture was established in the spring of 1974 by the Household Science Alumni to honour one of its outstanding members, Professor Edna W. Park, for her notable contribution to the field of Home Economics in Canada. Edna Park was a Professor Emerita of the University of Toronto whose teaching career spanned almost half a century.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2023 Department of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) Research Day.

This free full-day event showcased trainee research; a presentation by Dr. Amanda MacFarlane, founding director of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Evidence Centre at Texas A&M University; and the delivery of the annual Edna Park Lecture from Dr. Mary L'Abbe, DNS professor emerita and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Policy for Chronic Disease Prevention.


The inaugural Department of Nutritional Sciences Research Day occurred on Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 11 AM - 7PM ET at the Chestnut Conference Centre (with virtual attendance options available). This full-day event showcased trainee research and featured invited speakers, including our annual Edna Park Lecture from Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.



Rigor in Obesity Research and Its Communication: A Call for Renewed Commitment

Presented by:

Dr. David B. Allison, PhD
Dean, Distinguished Professor, & Provost Professor
Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington

Nov 21, 2019

JJR MacLeod Auditorium Room 2158
Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

Youtube Video


Role of Diet in Preventing Osteoporosis

Connie M. Weaver, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Nutrition Science
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Medical Sciences Building, JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Room 2158
1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
5:30 pm, November 8, 2018

Edna W. Park Flyer

Youtube Video


When too much isn’t enough: the intersection between food systems, sustainability and health

YouTube Video

Evan Fraser, PhD
Director, The Arrell Food Institute 
Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Global Food Security
Full Professor of Geography
Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation
Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

Medical Sciences Building, Rm . 2172
1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
5:30 pm, November 23, 2017


How Pop Culture Twists Health and Nutrition Information (And Why This Matters)

Timothy Caulfield,  LLM, FRSC, FCAHS
Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy
Trudeau Fellow and Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health
Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

Medical Sciences Building, Rm . 2172
1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
5:30 pm, November 10, 2016


Sports Nutrition Today: Hydrating and Fueling Your Athletes for Success

YouTube Video

Lawrence L. Spriet, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences University of Guelph

Medical Sciences Building, Rm . 2172
1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
5:00 pm, November 19, 2015


Genetic and Environmental Factors contributing to Childhood Obesity in the Hispanic Population: VIVA LA FAMILIA Study

YouTube Video

F. Bhutte, PhD, RD, MPH
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

November 17, 2014


Growth Standards: a new paradigm's early lessons

Dr. Cutberto Garza
Provost and Dean of Faculties at Boston College
October 31, 2013