Assistant Professor — Status Only

Marie-Ève Labonté

Department of Nutritional Sciences


Université Laval
2440 boulevard Hochelaga, Québec, Quebec Canada G1V 0A6
Research Interests
community and public health nutrition, cardiometabolic health, population health, health and prevention policy
Appointment Status
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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto (2015-2017)
  • PhD, Nutrition, Université Laval (2010-2015)
  • MSc, Nutrition, Université Laval (2009-2010)
  • BSc, Nutrition, Université Laval (2005-2008)

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Other Academic Positions

Assistant Professor – School of Nutrition & Researcher – Centre Nutrition, santé et société (NUTRISS), Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF), Université Laval

At a Glance

  • Dr. Labonté’s current research program focuses on regularly evaluating the quality of the food supply in different settings (e.g. grocery stores, health facilities), with the aim of supporting the creation of healthier food environments.
  • Dr. Labonté is developing expertise in the use, adaptation, and validation of nutrient profiling models as a way to evaluate the food supply’s overall nutritional quality (i.e., healthfulness), and its associations with determinants of food selection, such as food prices.

About Dr. Marie-Ève Laboné

Dr. Labonté is a registered dietitian member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ) since 2009. She holds a MSc and a PhD degree in Nutrition from Université Laval, that she has completed in 2010 and 2015, respectively, both with high distinction (Dean’s Honour List). Following her PhD, Dr. Labonté undertook postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto, in which she has developed her research interests in the area of nutrient profiling. Her growing expertise in this field has led her to join the School of Nutrition at Université Laval, where she has been an Assistant professor since June 2017. She is also a researcher at the Centre Nutrition, santé et société (NUTRISS) of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF), Université Laval. Dr. Labonté’s current research projects are funded through multiple sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She has authored over 40 research articles, including a comprehensive and thorough systematic review on nutrient profiling models with applications in government-led nutrition policies aimed at health promotion and noncommunicable disease prevention, published in Advances in Nutrition.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Labonté’s research projects are mainly related to the activities of the Food Quality Observatory at INAF, Université Laval, a unique network of researchers and knowledge users from governmental, non-governmental, semi-public and private organizations dedicated to monitoring the food supply. Dr. Labonté is the co-lead of Research Axis 1 within the Food Quality Observatory, which is specifically about characterizing and monitoring the food supply’s quality and accessibility.

Recent Awards and Distinctions (Selected)

“Prix Andrée Beaulieu, article professionnel 2020”,Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec (awarded to the team of the Food Quality Observatory; 2021)

DUX “Eat Better, Live Better” Award – Project Category (awarded to the team of the Food Quality Observatory; 2019)

National and International Committee Memberships (Current)

Member, INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support) Canada

Recent Publications

  1. Aguenaou H, Babio N, Deschasaux-Tanguy M, Galan P, Hercberg S, Julia C, Jones A, Karpetas G, Kelly B, Kesse-Guyot E, Kontopoulou L, Labonté ME, Ni Mhurchu C, Pravst I, Pettigrew S, Riboli E, Salas-Salvadó J, Srour B, Touvier M, Vandevijvere S. Comment on Muzzioli et al. Are Front-of-Pack Labels a Health Policy Tool? Nutrients 2022, 14, 771. Nutrients. 2022 May 23;14(10):2165. doi: 10.3390/nu14102165. PMID: 35631306; PMCID: PMC9145939.
  2. Pérusse L, Jacob R, Drapeau V, Llewellyn C, Arsenault BJ, Bureau A, Labonté MÈ, Tremblay A, Vohl MC. Understanding Gene-Lifestyle Interaction in Obesity: The Role of Mediation versus Moderation. Lifestyle Genom. 2022;15(2):67-76. doi: 10.1159/000523813. Epub 2022 Mar 1. PMID: 35231909.
  3. Vergeer L, Ahmed M, Vanderlee L, Mulligan C, Weippert M, Franco-Arellano B, Dickinson K, Bernstein JT, Labonté MÈ, L'Abbé MR. The relationship between voluntary product (re) formulation commitments and changes in the nutritional quality of products offered by the top packaged food and beverage companies in Canada from 2013 to 2017. BMC Public Health. 2022 Feb 10;22(1):271. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-12683-2. PMID: 35144589; PMCID: PMC8832833.
  4. Le Bouthillier M, Perron J, Pomerleau S, Gagnon P, Labonté MÈ, Plante C, Guével MH, Provencher V. Nutritional Content of Sliced Bread Available in Quebec, Canada: Focus on Sodium and Fibre Content. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 23;13(12):4196. doi: 10.3390/nu13124196. PMID: 34959748; PMCID: PMC8704778.
  5. Jacob R, Bertrand C, Llewellyn C, Couture C, Labonté MÈ, Tremblay A, Bouchard C, Drapeau V, Pérusse L. Dietary Mediators of the Genetic Susceptibility to Obesity - Results from the Quebec Family Study. J Nutr. 2021 Oct 5:nxab356. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab356. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34610139.
  6. Gilbert-Moreau J, Pomerleau S, Perron J, Gagnon P, Labonté MÈ, Provencher V. Nutritional value of child-targeted food products: results from the Food Quality Observatory. Public Health Nutr. 2021 Nov;24(16):5329-5337. doi: 10.1017/S1368980021003219. Epub 2021 Aug 5. PMID: 34348826.
  7. Perron J, Pomerleau S, Gagnon P, Gilbert-Moreau J, Lemieux S, Plante C, Paquette MC, Labonté MÈ, Provencher V. Assessing nutritional value of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals in the province of Quebec (Canada): a study from the Food Quality Observatory. Public Health Nutr. 2021 Jun;24(9):2397-2404. doi: 10.1017/S1368980021001361. Epub 2021 Apr 12. PMID: 33843558.
  8. Bergeron A, Labonté MÈ, Brassard D, Laramée C, Robitaille J, Desroches S, Provencher V, Couillard C, Vohl MC, Bélanger M, Lamarche B, Lemieux S. Associations of Intake of Free and Naturally Occurring Sugars from Solid Foods and Drinks with Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in a Quebec Adult Population: The PREDISE (PRÉDicteurs Individuels, Sociaux et Environnementaux) Study. J Nutr. 2021 Jun 1;151(6):1561-1571. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab042. PMID: 33758943; PMCID: PMC8243855.
  9. Vega-Solano J, Blanco-Metzler A, Madriz-Morales K, Fernandes-Nilson EA, Labonté ME. Impact of salt intake reduction on CVD mortality in Costa Rica: A scenario modelling study. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 12;16(1):e0245388. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245388. PMID: 33434241; PMCID: PMC7802917.
  10. Vergeer L, Ahmed M, Franco-Arellano B, Mulligan C, Dickinson K, Bernstein JT, Labonté MÈ, L'Abbé MR. Methodology for the Determination of Fruit, Vegetable, Nut and Legume Points for Food Supplies without Quantitative Ingredient Declarations and Its Application to a Large Canadian Packaged Food and Beverage Database. Foods. 2020 Aug 15;9(8):1127. doi: 10.3390/foods9081127. PMID: 32824211; PMCID: PMC7465889.

In the News

Are some foods as healthy as you think? New ‘compass’ scores food, guides consumer choices. The Tufts Daily. November 23, 2021.

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