Professor Emeritus

Paul Pencharz

Department of Nutritional Sciences


Medical Sciences Building, 5th Floor, Room 5253A
1 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 1A8
Research Interests
amino acid metabolism, protein metabolism, nutritional requirements across the lifecycle
Not accepting new students

Google Scholar

About Dr. Paul Pencharz

Dr. Pencharz is a Professor Emeritus of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. From 2000-2005, he was a member of the Macro-Nutrient Panel, of the Food and Nutrition Board. He was also a member of the protein and energy panels of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 2001 to 2007. He has more than 344 peer reviewed publications and 101 book chapters and reviews. He lists 74 research trainees over the past 32 years, based in Europe, Israel, Australia and North America. He has won awards for his research from the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, the Clinical Research Society of Toronto and the March of Dimes. Drs. Pencharz and Ball were co-winners of the Osborne-Mendel Award of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences in 2002. Dr. Pencharz was the winner of the Nutrition Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 2002. In 2004, he was awarded the Crampton Award of McGill University; and the McHenry Award of the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences. Dietitians of Canada made Dr. Pencharz an honorary life member of their organization in 2006. In 200, he was awarded the University of Toronto, Department of Paediatrics, Physician Research award for Career Excellence. In 2008, he was made a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition. Finally

Research Synopsis

Dr. Pencharz’s research is focused on amino acid metabolism and requirements across the lifecycle. In addition, he is interested in the effects of disease on protein, amino acid, and energy needs. Recent studies have included patients with inborn errors of metabolism, as well as subjects on parenteral feeding.